Liz Truss commits to fighting antisemitism during Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony

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Liz Truss commits to fighting antisemitism during Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony

Foreign Secretary joined by Israel's ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely, Holocaust survivors, educators and Jewish leaders

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the British government “will continue to stand up to antisemitism in all its forms”, during today’s virtual Holocaust Memorial ceremony.

In her speech she added that: “It is vital we continue to remember and commemorate the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered during the Holocaust over 80 years ago.

At the Holocaust Memorial ceremony Truss was joined by: Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely, the Foreign Secretary, Auschwitz survivor and TikTok star Lily Ebert, Rt Hon. Lord Pickles, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, and Chazan Jonny Turgel – whose late grandmother Gena survived Auschwitz, Buchenwald and, Bergen-Belsen.

Israel’s ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely warned about the”horrifying rise in Antisemitism” in her speech but thanked the British government for its “solidarity in the fight against” anti-Jewish hate.

Just three months ago Ambassador Hotovely was mobbed by pro-Palestinain activists after she gave a talk at LSE. Protestors threatened to smash her car and the incident sparked widespread condemnation.

The ceremony featured testimony from Auschwitz survivor and TikTok star Lily Ebert, alongside her great grandson Dov Forman. The pair have amassed 1.6 million TikTok followers on their shared account and use social media to educate young people about The Shoah.

In her speech, Lily talked about the importance of sharing her story to ensure that the “most terrible crime against humanity” is never forgotten.

She added:“Hundreds of members of my extended family were murdered during the Holocaust.

“I am telling you what took place because they cannot.”

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