NI march marks Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day

The march was held in Belfast city centre on Sunday. Credit: Pacemaker

A march has taken place in Belfast to mark Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day and stand against anti-Semitism, discrimination, and racism.

Over 200 people took part in the procession from Jaffe Fountain to Belfast City Hall on Sunday, including those from both the Jewish and Christian communities.

Mike McNally, one of the organisers, said: “We want to say ‘never again’ to this atrocity and make a public declaration against modern anti-Semitism.

“We believe that events such as these are a declaration to the younger generations that we should never forget the Holocaust and should never be silent when hatred and bitterness are expressed against human kind by human kind.

“This lesson should never be forgotten.”

Local rabbi David Singer added: “The lessons of the tragic past are being learnt slowly but surely.

“Momentum is gathering to remember those six million who perished in the Holocaust.

“Voices are being raised more and more and in many places around the world so that the past mistakes will not be repeated.”

He added: “As the survivors grow older, frailer, and fewer, we are making a mark to say: ‘We remember, we will honour, we will not forget, and we will do all in our power to prevent a recurrence.’”

DUP MLA Peter Weir was among those taking part in the commemoration.

“It is my honour to take part in this event and stand with others in remembering those who were murdered during the Shoah (Holocaust) wrought upon the Jewish community,” he said.

“I believe it is vitally important that our young people both understand the horrors of the Holocaust and its context in our society today.”