Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis started a visit to Israel, to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, entitled “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism”, marking the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The main ceremonies will be held at the Yad Vashem Memorial on Thursday, January 23rd.
On Tuesday afternoon, Klaus Iohannis has had on the agenda a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Reuven Rivlin, at Beit HaNassi, the official residence of the President of the State of Israel, to discuss, among other things, bilateral cooperation.
On Wednesday, Iohannis will meet the leader of Israel’s Blue & White alliance of Israel, Binyamin ‘Benny’ Gantz, and then will attend a state dinner to be extended by the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, in honour of the heads of delegations attending the forum.
The Fifth World Holocaust Forum, organised by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, in co-operation with the Holocaust Remembrance Center – Yad Vashem, will be hosted by Jerusalem on Thursday under the auspices of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and will focus on strengthening the global commitment to the Holocaust remembrance and the global fight against anti-Semitism and racism.
According to the Romanian Presidential Administration, the participation of President Klaus Iohannis in this international forum is part of a series of actions taken by Romania to strengthen Holocaust education, preserving the memory of the Holocaust, combating anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and promoting the European values of tolerance as well as respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.
Over 40 leaders from all over the world will attend this event. Among them, there are President of the European Council Charles Michel; President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Parliament David Sassoli.
Addressing the event will be Israeli President Reuven Rivlin; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; French President Emmanuel Macron; Charles, Prince of Wales; Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Also speaking will be President of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, himself a Holocaust survivor; Chairman of the World Holocaust Foundation Moshe Kantor, and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate of The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.
The event will continue with a ceremony honouring the victims of the Holocaust. Holocaust survivor Rose Moskowitz of the United States, and chair of the Centre Organisations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel Colette Avital, will light a torch in the memory of the victims, after which the heads of delegations will lay wreaths at the Warsaw Ghetto Riot Uprising memorial at Yad Vashem. The ceremony will conclude with the national anthem of Israel – Hatikvah.
Romania – committed to constantly supporting preservation of Holocaust memory, combating anti-Semitism
Romania remains committed to constantly supporting the preservation of the Holocaust memory, combating anti-Semitism, preventing discrimination and any other form of violence, said President Klaus Iohannis.
“My visit to the State of Israel and the participation in the Fifth World Holocaust Forum 2020 gives me the opportunity to underline that Romania remains committed to continuing the constant support for preserving Holocaust memory, combating anti-Semitism, preventing discrimination and any other form of violence. Romania has endeavored to become a regional model for assuming the Holocaust and combating anti-Semitism,” Iohannis wrote on Tuesday in the Honorary Book of the Israeli Presidency.
He also said that the meeting with the President of the State of Israel will make a decisive contribution to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, which have been uninterrupted for 72 years.
President Iohannis also wrote in the Honorary Book that he was able to admire, on the occasion of the visit, the works of Reuven Rubin, a famous Romanian painter born in Israel and hailing from Galati, who became the first official diplomatic representative of the State of Israel in Romania.