Irish Holocaust ceremony will mention Israel after all


(JTA) — Despite initial guidelines banning the mention of Israel, speakers at a Holocaust commemoration ceremony in Ireland in January will refer to the Jewish state.

The Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, responding to complaints after a website published a letter indicating that the event’s longtime master of ceremonies should “not refer to the Jewish state or the State of Israel” in his speech, said it had reversed that policy, The Jerusalem Post reported.

An array of Jewish leaders and Jewish organizations, including Ireland’s former justice and equality minister, who is Jewish, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, criticized the original policy, which was reported Dec. 11 in The Jewish Chronicle of London.

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