Tuesday, May 21, 2024
 
 

Iraq's Christians, Muslims, and Yezidis unite to remember Holocaust

EPA-EFE//ALEJANDRO PRIETO
A concentration camp uniform used by Jewish survivor Ide Taube, now exhibited at the Shoa Museum in Jerusalem.

- Advertisement -

Various religious denominations from Iraq came together to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and the more than 6 million Jews who were killed during World War II.
Christian, Muslim, and Yezidi communities across Iraq sent messages to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, tweeted that Holocaust Remembrance Day is “a reminder that our humanity has come a long way to stop and think about the victims of this genocide.”
Yezidi activist Nadia Murad, who was abducted and sexually abused by ISIS after members of her family were murdered by the terrorist organisation, commented that genocide affects all generations and that “We must keep the memory of those killed alive by striving to make ‘never again’ a reality.”
A woman who represented Iraq’s once-large Christian minority published a message about her visit to the Holocaust memorial, saying, “Everyone has a right to live in dignity and be appreciated.”
A visit of Muslim religious leaders to Auschwitz attracted widespread attention across the Arab World, where Holocaust denial and latent pro-Nazi sentiments are widespread due to the Third Reich’s active cultivation of a close relationship with the Middle East’s non-Jews, whom they considered as natural allies against their wartime enemies – the Americans, British, and French.
The growing recognition of the Holocaust in a country that is usually dominated by antisemitic sentiments is a positive sign in the region. Historically, the Arab states have regarded Holocaust recognition as implicit support for the State of Israel.
“This is something that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago in the Arab world,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, wrote about the Holocaust, adding, “This is related to normalisation with Israel.”

- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter

Latest

Tackling new threats to critical energy infrastructure

The explosions that targeted the Nord Stream pipelines from...

Georgia’s “Foreign Representatives Law” moves forward amid protests

On May 14, Georgia’s parliament approved (84/150) a hotly...

North Macedonia: Sliding back towards the political dark side?

As most analysts predicted after the strong showing of...

A Green 5+1, regional water issues in Central Asia and previewing next year’s Astana International Forum

Kazakhstan’s Astana International Forum (AIF) has been postponed to 2025, as Astana...

Don't miss

Tackling new threats to critical energy infrastructure

The explosions that targeted the Nord Stream pipelines from...

Georgia’s “Foreign Representatives Law” moves forward amid protests

On May 14, Georgia’s parliament approved (84/150) a hotly...

North Macedonia: Sliding back towards the political dark side?

As most analysts predicted after the strong showing of...

A Green 5+1, regional water issues in Central Asia and previewing next year’s Astana International Forum

Kazakhstan’s Astana International Forum (AIF) has been postponed to 2025, as Astana...

Navigating the climate challenges for COP29

The impacts of climate change have become more evident...

Iran protesters mark anniversary of “Bloody Friday”

Residents in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan gathered by the thousands on September 30 to stage protests marking the first anniversary of...

Turkey’s seismic shift

This breakthrough in normalization between Armenia and Turkey comes amid a much wider context, well beyond the simple validation of earthquake diplomacy to elevate crisis response over conflict retention. 

Kazakh to increase the share of renewable energy sources

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the goal is to bring the share of renewable energy in the country's energy balance to at least 15%...

Interview: A Palestinian candidate for mayor in Padova

NE Global spoke during the electoral campaign for the administrative election with Salim El Maoued, candidate mayor of Padova with an independent civic list....

Multinational companies, Tokayev discuss investment in Kazakhstan

Multinational companies and the Kazakh government have discussed the implementation of joint investment projects in Kazakhstan.On the eve of the 34th meeting of the...

Kazakhstan’s citizens approve Constitutional amendments in state-wide referendum

Kazakhstan’s Central Referendum Commission announced on June 6 the preliminary official results of a state-wide referendum on the adoption of amendments to the Constitution...

Interview: Polish film showing animal gentle soul is awarded in Cannes

NE Global interviewed on the Croisette in exclusive Ewa Piakowska, screenwriter of the film EO which landed, ex-equo with the Belgian “Le Otto Montagne”,...

Political ads: At the heart of democracy and the economy

The EU reached a milestone in March when it concluded an agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA), accompanied by its sister legislation the...