The organizers of Ireland’s Holocaust memorial event have banned any mention of Israel at the county’s annual ceremony and fired the event’s host for the past 12 years because of his objections, the British Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday. The Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, an independent nonprofit organization, runs the annual national Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be held next month in Dublin.
Before this year’s memorial day event, Yanky Fachler who was to host the event, was told not to refer to the Jewish state or the State of Israel during the event, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Fachler lodged his objections with HETI, and after 12 years of hosting the event was fired.
The news of the ban on mentioning Israel has caused quite an uproar in the Irish, and British Jewish communities, especially as it seems that two of the trustees behind the ban are Jewish.