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Deborah Lyons laments the rise of anti-Semitism since the start of the war in Gaza

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Justin Trudeau stands alongside Canada's special envoy for preserving the memory of the Holocaust and combating anti-Semitism, Deborah Lyons, on the 79th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp .

The Canadian Press

The Canadian special envoy for preserving the memory of the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism maintains that the International Day dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust has not never been more important and poignant than in 2024 due to the rise in anti-Semitism caused by the ongoing war in the Middle East.

This year's ceremony has a particularly somber tone. It is almost a warning because of the alarming increase in anti-Semitism throughout the world, and even more sadly, in our dear Canada, declared Deborah Lyons, during a ceremony which took place Friday at the National Holocaust Monument.

According to her, everywhere in the world, including in Canada, Jews are experiencing a prolonged period of mourning and feeling grief and fear as the death toll comes to light. human losses continue to mount in Gaza.

Ms. Lyons mentions that they have also had to see people denying, justifying, or worse, celebrating the massacres and hostage-taking committed on October 7 in Israel by Hamas.

She urged Canadians not to let Holocaust deniers twist or even deny the truth of the Holocaust. It is our individual and collective responsibility, she stressed.

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Nearly six million European Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, the massacre of Jews and other groups before and during World War II.

It's our role as Canadians to support our Jewish family across the country, added Ms. Lyons.

In recent months, police and members of the Jewish community have raised alarms about rising anti-Semitism. /p>

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre were in attendance, but did not deliver speeches , simply reciting a prayer.

Both, however, published a statement on Saturday reporting anti-Semitic violence.

The Governor General Mary Simon echoed Lyons' sentiments on Saturday. According to her, the rise in anti-Semitism is worrying.

No one should experience persecution, harassment or abuse because of their identity or beliefs. Faced with the spread of hatred in Canada, whatever its forms and expressions, we cannot remain silent.

A quote from Mary Simon, Governor General

Other political leaders also spoke on the subject on Saturday, for example the leader of the Bloc Québécois Yves-François Blanchet.

January 27 is the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust. I refuse to lessen my compassion and my duty to remember because a despicable war (aren't they all?) is tearing Gaza and the Middle East apart. The Holocaust should have taught us something. We started chanting " Never again! ", and nothing has changed. Please, let's pull ourselves together!, he spoke on the social network superior, Pascale Déry, also called for the fight against anti-Semitism.

Today, we commemorate the victims of x27;Holocaust. Six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. We have a duty to recall this atrocious part of our collective history. Let's continue to fight, more than ever, against anti-Semitism, she wrote on X.

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