Israel should be treated with greater respect in holocaust education

The decision by Holocaust Education Trust Ireland to ban any reference “to the Jewish State or the State of Israel” during any part of the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony is unjust.

To seek to detach the Jewish homeland from the act of “zachor” in relation to the murdered millions is not only unjust but also absurd: You could not read a poem, such as Anthony Hecht’s Rites and Ceremonies without referring to Israel.

Or introduce an ambassador representing Israel where so many Jews found refuge from the European bloodlands? How could highly-respected individuals such as Chief Justice Susan Denham, Prof Bryan Fanning, Tom O’Higgins, Lynn Jackson, and others, endorse a decision that transmits the odious message that Israel is a country that dare not speak its name?

Tom Cooney

Boden Park

Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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