Today is a warm bright day here in Jerusalem – but it is also a quiet day as the State marks holocaust Remembrance day.
Various ceremonies and memorials take place throughout the country – chiefly at Yad Vashem – the national Holocaust museum.
Students from all over the city wear white shirts and dark pants this day… and for the most part there is an atmosphere of calm as six million names are read in remembrance.
The media here is full of commentary concerning yesterday's appearance at Durban II – the anti racism conference in Geneva, Switzerland, of Irans President Mr. Ahmadinejad. His outspoken views against Israel and the events surrounding the Jewish holocaust of World War II lead to a walkout by many delegates.
The French were the first to stand up and move towards the exit. They were followed by the British, Czech and Austrian representatives who left the hall. It took a few minutes after Ahmadinejad called Israel a “racist occupation state”, and not one European representative was left.
For Israel it was an expression of victory and solidarity. The Foreign Ministry is satisfied after having a two year struggle to get countries not to attend the conference.
One supposes that this is perhaps one of the key ways the world community could express the fundamental character of this day – that it will not forget what happened – nor will it allow for man to do the same anywhere in the world.
Middle East Correspondent