The Israel Cabinet voted on Sunday to honor Jews killed abroad in antisemitic acts, even if they were not state citizens, for the first time since the state’s founding.
The action, after a slew of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, intends to strengthen the bond between Israel and the Jewish community worldwide.
“This is an important and necessary step for a nation and a country that has struggled with antisemitism since its inception,” said Yaakov Hagoel, head of the World Zionist Organization. Based on a Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation study, he started the action last year.
“Our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora are an integral part of us, and regrettably, they battle antisemitism every day,” Hagoel said in a statement.
Amichai Chikli, the minister for diaspora affairs, put up the suggestion that the Cabinet ultimately approved. The guidelines for identifying Jews and non-Jews slain in antisemitic incidents overseas will be developed by his government.
As the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel, according to Chikli, who is also the minister for social equality, “must take important and necessary steps, including including the recognition of victims of antisemitic violence as victims of acts of terrorism.”
“With this resolution, the State of Israel proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that it is the state of the Jewish people. Only by our unity as a nation and reciprocal guarantee can we ensure our security and prosperity,” said Shira Ruderman, executive director of the Ruderman Family Foundation.