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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, said: “Italy is in the front line, alongside Israel, against anti-Semitism: I reiterated this message to the Israeli Authorities in the meetings I had in Jerusalem in the past few days. In no way can the shameful manifestations of anti-Semitism that are spreading as a consequence of the ongoing conflict be tolerated: this year, even more so, we have a duty to counter them everywhere, in every way, and to intensify our efforts aimed at preserving the Memory of the Shoah.”

On his recent mission to the Middle East, the Deputy Prime Minister had participated as a guest of honor in the ceremony held in Jerusalem last Thursday, January 25, at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. He also participated yesterday in the celebrations at the Quirinale Palace in the presence of President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Tajani added that “the celebration today has a special value: the memory of that tragedy must remain alive in the new generations as well, as an indispensable prerequisite for preserving the founding values of our Republic and of our European home, built on common Judeo-Christian roots.”
The principles that inspire the Italian Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represent the radical denial of the totalitarian and racist universe that led to the Holocaust. Today, in the international scenario following the tragic events of October 7, we unfortunately witness increasing and unacceptable episodes of anti-Semitism, violence against members of the Jewish community and widespread attempts to trivialize, deny and distort what happened, which feed on old and new stereotypes.