As every year, life was paralyzed throughout Israel for two minutes on Thursday to the mournful sound of the sirens, to commemorate Holocaust Day in memory of the six million Jewish victims of Nazism during World War II.
At 10:00 AM (07:00 GMT) drivers got out of their cars, buses stopped and pedestrians gathered in the streets. The students kept the two minutes of silence in the schools.
One hour after the siren, the Israelis had to start reciting the names of the Holocaust victims in Yad Vashem as well as in the Israeli parliament in a ceremony called “Each person has a name.”
During a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister,Benjamin Netanyahu, warned Iran, his sworn enemy, not to put Israel’s determination to the test.
“Today an extremist regime threatens us, threatens world peace,” Netanyahu declared about Iran. “That regime has explicitly proclaimed that it wanted to destroy the Jewish state,” he added. “I have a message for Iran’s leaders: do not put Israel’s determination to the test”
Holocaust survivors lit six torches during a night ceremony.
On Thursday morning a wreath was held at the Yad Vashem memorial, in which survivors of the Shoah and delegations from all over Israel participated.