Obama on Holocaust's Enduring Legacy

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A few days ago, President Obama spoke at a dinner in Los Angeles.

His main theme was “the sacred duty of memory.”

He was referring to the Holocaust – its enduring legacy and meaning.

And a top challenge today, he said, was to confront “a rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world.”

He spoke of “attacks on Jews in the streets” of major Western countries.

President Obama noted that, “From some foreign governments, we hear the worst kinds of anti-Semitic scapegoating.”

He called for forceful condemnation of those who seek to deny the Holocaust.

He urged us “to combat not only anti-Semitism, but racism and bigotry and intolerance in all their forms...”

And he declared that, “It’s up to us to speak out against rhetoric that threatens the existence of a Jewish homeland and to sustain America’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”

At AJC, we couldn’t agree more with the President!

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