Barcelona Cancels Holocaust Remembrance Day

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CBNNews.com - BARCELONA, Spain - Overwhelming support for Palestinians by the Spanish public prompted the city government to cancel Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies, scheduled for January 27.

"Marking the Jewish Holocaust while a Palestinian Holocaust is taking place is not right," a city official said.

During Operation Cast Lead, 30,000 Spaniards rallied in support of Hamas, burning Israeli flags and distributing pamphlets threatening local pro-Israel journalists.

Israeli Ambassador Rafael Shutz sent a letter President Jose Montilla Aguilera, citing concern over the rise of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel activities in Madrid.

Similarly, a Norwegian diplomat stationed in Saudi Arabia issued a statement via e-mail that "the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are doing the same thing to Palestinians as the Nazis did to the grandparents."

The diplomat issued the accusation from her official Norwegian Foreign Ministry address.

Similar comparisons are being made in Germany, where the Neo-Nazi National Democratic Party will hold a rally in Berlin on January 27 to "stop the Israeli Holocaust in the Gaza Strip."

"These comparisons are a manipulative distortion of history," responded Avner Shalev, head of Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial.

Source: YNet news

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