Israel to honour Diaspora victims of antisemitic attacks on Yom Hazikaron

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Israel to honour Diaspora victims of antisemitic attacks on Yom Hazikaron

Historic initiative will include provision of educational resources for schools in the Jewish State

Yom HaZikaron
Yom HaZikaron

The Israeli government announced on Monday that it will officially honour the memory of non-Israeli citizens in the Diaspora during Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) who have been murdered in antisemitic attacks around the world.

The initiative is the first of its kind in Israel’s history and was proposed by Minister for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism Amichai Chikli.

It marks the government’s adoption of “The Ruderman Roadmap” — strategic guidelines offered by the Ruderman Family Foundation which recognise Israel’s obligation as the nation-state of the Jewish people globally.

The move also comes amid an unprecedented wave of antisemitism worldwide during the Iron Swords War and in the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks.

By commemorating the victims of antisemitism and sharing their stories, the government aims to strengthen Jewish identity and connections to Israel, and to foster solidarity between the Israeli people and Diaspora Jewry.

MK Amichai Chikli

Additional recommendations include creating a dedicated monument for the victims, a first-of-its-kind website with a database of the victims and their stories, and a curriculum to be implemented by the country’s formal and informal education system and other entities.

Shira Ruderman, executive director of the Ruderman Family Foundation said: “This is a courageous government decision that strengthens the bond of shared destiny between Israel and the Jewish world, which has become more evident than ever since October 7th.

“I congratulate the government of Israel on approving the decision we initiated, which includes worthy elements in the commemoration of Jews who were murdered simply because of their Jewish identity and due to antisemitism. This is an historic day where the State of Israel has proven that only through our unity as a people and the mutual responsibility between us can we ensure security.”

Shira Ruderman with Israeli President Isaac Herzog (credit: MEIR ELIPOUR)

The Ruderman Family Foundation’s role in the government’s decision reflects the Foundation’s mission to strengthen relations between Israel and world Jewry, including through engaging with Israeli policymakers and broadening their understanding of the American Jewish community.

Minister Chikli said: “Hostile actions often target the Jewish people, both within our borders and across the sea. The October 7th massacre and the Iron Swords War were launched against Israel for one reason: hatred of Jews and hatred of Israel. This is also the sole reason our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora suffer from severe and appalling antisemitic events.

“Israel’s official recognition for the victims of antisemitic violence is an important and necessary step — a step that implements the state’s commitment under the law, which stipulates that ‘the state will ensure the safety of the Jewish people and their citizens who are in distress and captivity because of their Judaism or citizenship.’”

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