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Herzog heading to Ukraine for Babyn Yar commemorations

CM 04/10/2021


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President Isaac Herzog, traveling on El Al, which though privately owned, is still considered the national carrier, left Israel early on Tuesday morning for his first official state visit abroad since taking office in July.
Herzog has traveled to Ukraine at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During the visit, Herzog will participate with Zelensky and German President Frank Walter Steinmeier in the official ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre and will also attend the inauguration of the new Babyn Yar Memorial Center in Kyiv.
Included in Herzog’s delegation are Ze’ev Elkin serving as the Israeli government liaison to Ukraine and MKs Moshe Arbel (Shas), Michael Michaeli (Labor) and Evgeny Sova (Yisrael Beytenu.)

 Israeli President Isaac Herzog flying to Ukraine to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre, October 5, 2021. (credit: CHAIM TZACH/GPO) Israeli President Isaac Herzog flying to Ukraine to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre, October 5, 2021. (credit: CHAIM TZACH/GPO)

Herzog is also scheduled to hold meetings with other Ukrainian officials and with leaders of the Jewish community.
Prior to his departure, Herzog said: “Ukraine and Israel have good relations. This year, we mark 30 years of Ukrainian independence and 30 years of relations between Israel and Ukraine.
“I want to thank President Zelensky, the Ukrainian Government, and the Ukrainian Parliament for recently passing a tough law against antisemitism, which adopted the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism. The only way to build a present and future in which atrocities and crimes against humanity find no foothold is only to study the past, including the Holocaust of the Jewish People and their persecution, in the sense of ‘and you shall tell your sons and daughters.’ I welcome President Zelenksy’s invitation and his commitment to the war against antisemitism. Ukraine also boycotted the Durban Conference, and I am grateful to it for this.
“I think in international relations in general in a period like [the current] coronavirus pandemic, cooperation is necessary, and we shall strive to sign and promote various agreements and understandings.
“Most importantly,” he added, “we shall remember and never forget the terrible massacre at Babi Yar, in which 33,000 Jews were massacred, shot dead into pits, naked, in the terrible cold—men, children, the elderly, and women. May their memory be a blessing.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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