PRESS RELEASE: IJC Joins EFI Delegation to Historic International Holocaust Remembrance Day
EFI Delegation of Leading European Parliamentarians to join Historic Knesset Delegation to Auschwitz-Birkenau on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
(Jan, 27th 2014)
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) is proud to be working with The European Friends of Israel (‘EFI’) organization is partnering the Knesset in a historic delegation of leading European Parliamentarians and Knesset Members for h 5th Joint Holocaust Remembrance Mission to Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2014.
2014 will mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 70th Anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz.
In order to honor this special occasion and, the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, this year the Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Yuli Edelstein, will lead a delegation of over 60 Members of Knesset – more than half, in the largest ever delegation of Knesset members to convene overseas.
The Members of Knesset will be joined by Holocaust survivors from Israel and around the world, together with a large number of senior elected officials and Parliamentarians from United States, Canada and Europe.
As stated by Speaker Edelstein, the primary objective of the mission is to highlight the importance of remembering the Holocaust and to “have a conversation with elected officials from around the world about what needs to be done to make sure never of the kind ever happens again.”
Vladimir Sloutsker (Chairman of EFI Management Board and President of IJC):
With anti-Semitism at record levels across many parts of Europe, including denial of the Holocaust and incessant vilification against the State of Israel, there has never been a more pressing time for European Parliamentarians and elected officials to show a clear sign of their determination and willingness to fight anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of Israel, and to honor the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust
EFI and IJC are proud and honored to be working with the Knesset to facilitate the participation of 18 senior European Parliamentarians and leaders from France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Spain for this historic and special event.”
The Delegation includes:
- 7 Chairs of Parliamentary Friendship Groups with Israel: France (National Assembly), Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, UK (Chair of Labor Friends of Israel)
- 5 Deputy-Speakers: Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania
- 3 Parliamentarians from the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (PFD), including the Chair of the PFD (Mr Emanuelis Zingeris)
- A number of former Ministers
- The great symbolism of having both the Deputy Speaker of the German Bundestag and also the Deputy Speaker of the Greek Parliament, with Greece also holding the current rotating Presidency of the European Union.
In addition to participating in official International Holocaust Day commemoration at Auschwitz-Birkenau, European lawmakers will have the opportunity to meet their fellow Parliamentarians from around the world, and in particular, to have a dialogue and exchange of ideas with their colleagues from the Knesset on strengthening relations between Israel and Europe.
For Further information and media enquiries, please contact:
European Friends of Israel (EFI):
Ms. Raquel Lages
Head of Political Affairs, EFI
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC):
Mr. Arsen Ostrovsky
Director of Research, IJC
[Photo credit: Israel Bardugo Photography / Israeli Jewish Congress]