“In the memory of those who were lost in the Holocaust, we must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found”, US President Donald Trump said in a video address to the 15th plenary assembly of the World Jewish Congress, which opened on Sunday evening in New York.
“On Yom HaShoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history,” President Trump said. “We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge: Never again. I say it, never again.”
“The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide,” he continued. “They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear.”
Quoting Theodor Herzl’s “If you will, it is no dream”, Trump added that Israel is a “great nation that has risen from the desert”.
The President reiterated his commitment to defeating terrorism, and said the US must not ignore the threats of the Iranian regime, who talks openly of Israel’s destruction. “We cannot let that ever even be thought,” he said.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, who came to the plenary’s opening dinner, also reiterated his commitment to fighting antisemitism and addressed the anti-Israel bias at the UN.
“As Secretary General of the UN, I can see that the state of Israel needs to be treated as any other state,” he said, vowing to stand for this principle “because simply, it’s the right thing to do.”