International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Terrorism returns to Israel with two attacks

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Terrorism returns to Israel with two attacks

Israeli security forces at the scene of a terrorist shooting attack in Jerusalem's Neve Ya'akov neighborhood, Jan. 27, 2023. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Yesterday, January 27, the date on which the world remembers the genocide of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust, a terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem claimed 7 lives. This morning there was a second attack, also in Jerusalem, in which a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist shot an Israeli father and son, who survived and are under observation.

Prior to the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that “today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and exactly 78 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. We in Israel mark this event by honoring the sacred memory of those who perished at the hands of a murderous Nazi regime. And we vow that this will never, ever, happen again to our people”. 

“The difference now is that the Jewish people have the State of Israel. Israel protects itself by itself. We are a strong and vibrant nation and we have built up a powerful state that will not allow our enemies to inflict the very pain, suffering and devastating loss our people experienced during the Holocaust,” he continued.

After the terrorist attacks, Israeli police declared a high alert level in Jerusalem and ordered guards to move to other danger zones. The Israeli President Isaac Herzog declared support for the Israeli security forces: “My support and trust are with the security forces, who are working night and day against terrorism. I call on everyone to remain alert and act responsibly in these times. I send my wishes for the speedy recovery of the wounded and grieve with the families of those murdered”.

The White House condemned the attacks, as did many members of the US Congress.