“The Holocaust Remembrance Day is an important recurrence and one deeply felt by Italians”, said Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni.
“Our law of 2000 establishing a Holocaust Remembrance Day was five years ahead of the UN General Assembly’s declaration proclaiming 27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day”, Gentiloni pointed out.
“Italy supported the session the UN General Assembly dedicated for the first time to anti-Semitism on 22 January and, within the context of our recent European presidency, promoted a European symposium on Shoah education, with the aim of creating a European network of experts to exchange experiences in maintaining the memory of the Holocaust in Europe”.
“Episodes of anti-Semitism continue to occur around the world and to pose a major challenge”, Minister Gentiloni continued.
“Beyond clearly and unequivocally condemning anti-Semitic acts and their ideological matrix, I am convinced”, Gentiloni concluded, “that the battle to be waged is a cultural one against all forms of intolerance and in support of respect for all religious identities”.