Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express the Canadian government’s solidarity with the people of Israel and the Jewish community around the world after this morning’s reports of vandalism at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is dedicated to the commemoration of the six million Jews murdered during World War II.
The mission of Yad Vashem is in line with our government’s belief in the importance of Holocaust education and dedication to speaking out against anti-Semitism. Holocaust education helps ensure such atrocities never reoccur.
An important expression of Canada’s dedication to Holocaust education is our involvement with the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, which we will proudly chair in 2013.
Canada is committed to teaching future generations about the Holocaust, about the poisonous effects of anti-Semitic and xenophobic hatred and about the prevention of all acts of genocide.