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The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Israel:
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the State of Israel, together with the 27 Embassies of EU Member States present in Israel, today on Yom Ha'Shoah, stand in solidarity with the people of Israel and the Jewish people around the world, in commemorating the 6 million Jews who were brutally murdered in the Holocaust.
We pay tribute to the memory of the Jewish men, women and children, whose lives were taken during the darkest hours of European history. At the same time, we also reflect on the resilience of those who emerged from the darkness of the Shoah to rebuild their lives in Israel, in Europe and elsewhere. This year's Yom Ha'Shoah is linked to the theme: "the war within the war: the struggle of the Jews to survive the Holocaust." We are humbled by all Jewish victims of the Holocaust who even in the shadow of death did not give up their identity, religion and culture, never losing sight of who they were.
On this day we reaffirm our responsibility to never forget. Time cannot erase the atrocities, nor bring solace to the survivors. The inconceivable crimes of the past can only spur us on to constantly renew our resolve to never allow these horrors to happen again.
We are today witnessing again a rise of antisemitism, hatred and intolerance. The potential for evil is ever present. Upholding the values of democracy, human dignity and fundamental rights, on which the European Union was founded, are more relevant and urgent than ever. Our Union was built to respond to the Shoah and the horrors of World War II. Remembering the Holocaust and fighting antisemitism is our duty towards Jewish citizens in Europe and elsewhere in the world and indispensable to protect our common values.
This is a joint statement agreed by the ambassador of the European Union to the State of Israel and the
ambassadors of all European Union member states in Israel, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Luxembourg is the only European Union member state without an ambassador in Israel.