Haym Salomon Center Jerusalem Fellow Eliana Rudee shares her Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) experience from Jerusalem.
On Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Israel, I posted to social media a video of the siren ringing, signifying a moment of silence throughout Israel. Everyone on Yafo, Jerusalem’s busiest street, immediately stopped what they were doing. People stood in place, bowed their heads, the light rail stopped, stores closed, and their owners stepped out of their storefronts. I wrote in the post that I was shocked and sad that a few Muslim women kept walking during this moment. It was clearly a political decision. I called for human empathy and remembrance to ensure “never again,” but almost immediately, someone on Twitter called me a “Zionist pig” and used the hashtag #holohoax, saying that the Muslim women didn’t stop walking because they are smarter than Jews for realizing that the Holocaust is “fake history.” Unfortunately, this person is among many social media users who deny the Holocaust, especially on Yom Hashoah.
If calling for human rights and honoring the millions murdered in genocide makes me a “Zionist-anything,” then I will wear that badge with honor and continue to expose anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias with even greater enthusiasm. The service that my colleagues and I do at the Haym Salomon Center demands truth and accountability, ensuring that “never again” is not only an axiom, but a call to action that we work to turn into a reality.