The vigil, scheduled to begin at noon, is intended to alert the public, and U.S. elected officials, of the threat posed to Israel by Iran’s ongoing nuclear program and “anti-Semitic rhetoric.”
In a statement to the press, the Yom Hashoah Mobilization Committee tied the vigil to current events taking place throughout the world. “The horrific events in France,” the statement began (referring to the recent anti-Semitic massacre in front of a Yeshiva in the French city of Toulouse that resulted in the deaths of four Jews, three of them children), “are a reminder that this generation is witnessing efforts to dehumanize the Jewish people.”
“Israel is being demonized and is the victim of libel and defamation,” the statement continued, adding that “This is painfully reminiscent of what happened before the extermination of 6,000,000 Jewish people. We must ensure that history does not repeat itself.
“The appeasement and funding of entities which promote the hatred of others must be stopped. WE MUST NOT REMAIN SILENT.”
The statement went on to say that members of the Jewish community and others, under their guidance, will be gathering to commemorate “the millions of innocents who perished in the Holocaust.”
By invoking images of past calamities and honoring the victims, it seems, the committee hopes to help prevent another.
The Iranian Mission to the United Nations is located at 622 Third Ave, on the corner of E. 40th Street, in Manhattan. For additional information about Sunday’s event, interested parties are asked to contact the Yom Hashoah Mobilization Committee at 516-521-9333 or [email protected]