Trump pledges ‘Never again’ on Yom Hashoah

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

IN A mes­sage seen as aim­ing to re­pair a rift with the Jewish com­mu­nity, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump used the oc­ca­sion of Yom Hashoah to pledge “never again” and to make a pointed ref­er­ence to Iran.

Mr Trump sent a four-minute long video mes­sage to the World Jewish Congress ple­nary assem­bly in New York, call­ing the Holo­caust “the dark­est chap­ter of hu­man his­tory”.

He said: “The mind can­not fathom the pain, the hor­ror and the loss. Six mil­lion Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, mur­dered by the Nazi geno­cide. They were mur­dered by an evil that words can­not de­scribe, and that the hu­man heart can­not bear.

“On Yom HaShoah, we look back at the dark­est chap­ter of hu­man his­tory. We mourn, we re­mem­ber, we pray, and we pledge: ‘Never again.’”

Mr Trump, whose ad­min­is­tra­tion was widely crit­i­cised for fail­ing to men­tion Jews in a state­ment about Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day, added: “We must stamp out prej­u­dice and an­ti­semitism every­where it is found. We must de­feat ter­ror­ism, and we must not ig­nore the threats of a regime that talks openly of Is­rael’s destruc­tion.” He told the del­e­gates: “On this Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day, we tell the sto­ries of the fa­thers, moth­ers and chil­dren, whose lives were ex­tin­guished and whose love was torn from this earth.”

Mr Trump also de­clared: “To­day, only decades re­moved from the Holo­caust, we see a great na­tion risen from the desert and we see a proud Star of David wav­ing above the State of Is­rael. That star is a sym­bol of Jewish per­se­ver­ance.”

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