A statement issued by Baroness Catherine Ashton, Â High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy andÂ Vice President of the Commission, in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday neglected to mention Jews, leading to criticism and confusion online.
“Today the international community remembers the victims of the Holocaust,”Â the EU’s top diplomat said. “We honorÂ every one of those brutally murdered in the darkest period of European history. We also wantÂ to pay a special tribute to all those who acted with courage and sacrifice to protect theirÂ fellow citizens against persecution.”
“On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must keep alive the memory of this tragedy. It is anÂ occasion to remind us all of the need to continue fighting prejudice and racism in our ownÂ time. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of hate speech and redouble ourÂ commitment to prevent any form of intolerance. The respect of human rights and diversityÂ lies at the heart of what the European Union stands for.”
“Number of times word ‘Jew’ or ‘Jewish’ mentioned in statement byÂ Catherine AshtononÂ HolocaustÂ Remembrance Day: 0,” said Joshua Davidovich, a news editor at the Times of Israel.
“Lady (EU) Ashton manages great feat in honor of Holocaust Day. She does away with the Jews,” tweeted blogger Yisrael Medad.