Wednesday, April 22, 2009

U.S. Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL) Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, is special day where we mourn the millions of Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis. This day has special significance for Jews, the main target of Nazi atrocities. I represent many constituents who are Holocaust survivors and many more that lost friends, relatives and loved ones. We mourn their loss, honor their memory, and unite in opposition to acts of bigotry and intolerance.

“It is unfortunate that in today’s day and age summits such as the Durban Review Conference are used to promote racism and anti-Semitism. I stand entirely and completely with the President Barack Obama’s decision as well as with Israel, Canada and other nations who boycotted the Durban Review Conference. At this conference, the ugliest anti-Semitic libels and most revolting anti-Israel lies are tossed around. This gathering is far from the appropriate venue to discuss the issues the summit purports to tackle.

“Fighting racism is something I have done my entire life and throughout my public service career. I am proud to be one of Israel’s staunchest allies in Congress. Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us to continue to understand and contemplate the consequences of man’s inhumanity to man which occurred in Europe prior to and during World War II. May the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust be blessed for all eternity."

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