Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Yad Vashem Head Says World Has Failed To Prevent Atrocities In Syria

The chairman of Yad Vashhem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum, said on Tuesday that international organizations established in response to World War II have failed in Syria, The Times Of Israel reported.

Avner Shalev’s comment was in response to Saturday’s alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma by President Bashar Assad’s regime.

“We all read [reports] and were deeply troubled by the gas attack in Syria in the last few days, a wild attack on civilians, women and children, with very many killed. This, again, shows what we unfortunately already know — a sort of ongoing failure by organizations and apparatuses established by the international community after World War II and the Holocaust,” Shalev said during a conference at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

At least 40 civilians were reportedly killed, including children, and hundreds of others were said to have been injured in Saturday’s gas attack.

“We need to remind ourselves constantly that we should do everything possible so that these tools function effectively, including in this case in Syria,” Shalev reportedly said of organizations established after the Holocaust. His remarks were given a day before Holocaust remembrance day, which begins Wednesday evening in Israel.

Contact Haley Cohen at [email protected]

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.