B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International praises U.S. President Donald J. Trump for his solemn recognition of the Holocaust as, “the most savage crime against G-d and His children.” On Tuesday afternoon, Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and members of the first family, visited Yad Vashem and laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance.
In his remarks, the president also acknowledged that the Shoah “was history’s darkest hour” and that “millions of innocent, wonderful and beautiful lives—men, women and children—were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people. It was the most savage crime against G-d and His children…”
Trump continued to speak on the Jewish people’s perseverance and that “The State of Israel is a strong and soaring monument to the solemn pledge we repeat and affirm: Never again.”
We also commend Trump’s declaration to eradicate terrorism and extremism. Earlier today, Trump spoke at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, calling for a coalition “of partners who share the aim of stamping out extremism and violence—and providing our children a peaceful and hopeful future.”
The president reiterated his commitment to foster peace in the Middle East and expects that “Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.” The president also stated that the United States is determined to stand by Israel, and “defend our shared values so that together we can defeat terrorism and create safety for all of G-d’s children.”