UN Marks Int'l. Holocaust Remembrance Day

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The United Nations marks its seventh International Holocaust Remembrance Day Friday, with a ceremony in New York and in other countries around the world.

On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, saving Jewish inmates who had miraculously survived the Third Reich's "Final Solution."

In 2005, the U.N. General Assembly designated Jan. 27 to commemorate the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

In an address to the Knesset earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked if the world had truly internalized the lessons of the Holocaust.

"Unfortunately," he said, "the answer is no." 

The international goal to prevent genocide and massacres had yet to be realized, Netanyahu said, citing mass murders in Sudan, Bosnia, and the situation in Syria.

"I ask these questions while in no way detracting from the unique nature of the Holocaust our people suffered, not only in the scope of the destruction that encompassed millions -- one third of our people -- but also in the methodical nature of the slaughter, moving from country to country with the sole purpose of annihilating a people from the face of the Earth," he said.Click here to read the full speech.

Netanyahu pointed to recent incitement in Israel by the Palestinian mufti, who quoted the Koran's call to "kill Jews wherever they may be."

"What is most chilling about this is the fact that there is a legacy of hate and destruction because this mufti is following in the footsteps of that other mufti," he said, referring to Haj Amin el-Husseini, who corroborated with the Nazis in the quest to fulfill the "Final Solution."

"He broadcast and preached the destruction of the Jews and, more than anyone else, poisoned the Arab leadership against Zionism and against the Jewish people," he said. 

"And today his successor, rather than calling for peace and reconciliation, calls for the destruction of the Jewish people wherever they may be," Netanyahu said.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the nations of the world should stand behind the words, "Never Again," the prime minister said.

"It is not a slogan or nonsense," he added. "This is a day during which the leaders of the world should commit to not allowing another genocide to be carried out -- not a genocide of the Jewish people, nor the genocide of any other people."

"This is a day during which the world should unite around the idea that weapons of mass destruction must not fall into the hands of dark regimes, first and foremost the Ayatollah regime in Iran," he said.

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