11 thoughts on “Refugees, the Holocaust and Donald Trump – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Yom HaShoah and International Holocaust Remembrance Day are separate events (one was last week,. the second in April 27th this year) – one is on the date of the liberation of Auschwitz, the other on the date of the fall of the Warsaw ghetto.

    The barrier on the Egyptian border is 245km (150 miles)… Considering the costs of Israel’s barriers in the past 15 years – $15 billion for Trump’s wall is probably off by at least one 0 ….. .

    1. @ Stan: Thanks for the correction. It’s very strange to have 2 separate days to commemorate the Holocaust.

      Estimates for the Mexico Wall range from $15-25-billion. GIven how large this infrastructure project is, I’d guess the costs could balloon well up to the higher range, if not over it.

      1. Yom Ha’Shoah (aka Yom Hazikaron La’Shoah Ve’Lagvura – The Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Day) is 27 Nissan – the day of the fall of Warsaw Ghetto.

        Yom Ha’Zikaron (aka Yom Hazkaron LeChallalei Ma’Archot Israel UPeulot Eiva – The Memorial Day for the fallen of the Wars of Israel and Hostile Activities) – is the day before Independence Day (4 Iyar) – one week after Yom Ha’Shoa

        Many Orthodox specifically remember the Shoah on 10 Tevet which is also Yom Ha’Kadish HaKlali (when mourner’s Kadish is said for dead who’s date of death is unknown).

  2. The joy and happiness of many (maybe even most) Israelis following the Muslim ban is very depressing. In fact, I bet that this is the the country with the highest approval rating of the ban (and probably of Trump himself) among the countries in the western world.

      1. Many, if not most, Israelis don’t know that the ban is in effect, nor care. Most Israelis don’t read the dailies. They buy one newspaper before shabbat.

  3. It’s amazing to me that you could suggest that Israel marking Yom HaShoah on a separate day from International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a function of Israel trying to separate itself from the world.

    Yom HaShoah was instituted in 1953. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_HaShoah

    International Holocaust Remembrance Day was instituted 52 years later, in 2005. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Holocaust_Remembrance_Day

    Damn Israeli time-geniuses, knowing in 1953 that, when they finally got around to instituting a day to commemorate the Holocaust 52 years later, the rest of the world would pick a day in January, and therefore insisting that Israel commemorate a different day. Splitters!

    1. @ Akiva Cohen: So does Yad Vashem recognize in its exhibits other Holocausts than that of the Jews? On Yom HaShoah are there any official ceremonies that recognize the genocide against Roma, the disabled, mentally ill, etc.? Does Yom HaShoah commemorate the genocide in Rwanda? Cambodia? The answer to all is No. So my statement still stands. Yom HaShoah memorializes solely Jewish dead.

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