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Turkey remembers Holocaust victims, calls to fight xenophobia

Turkey remembers Holocaust victims, calls to fight xenophobia

The international community needs to take concrete action to prevent genocide and tragedies as xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism continue to surge across the world, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, expressed concern about the increase in the hate activity, in messages released in observation of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“The international community needs to be mobilized to ensure that tragedies like the Holocaust, Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia do not repeat,” Erdoğan said, adding that it is about time to say stop to anti-Muslim rhetoric and xenophobia.

Highlighting that systematic discrimination and hate speech preceded all of the aforementioned genocides, Erdoğan noted that digital platforms have aided in the faster spread of hate speech.

Meanwhile, the Presidency’s Communications Directorate has created an exclusive website  to commemorate the victims of genocides.

“On this day, we remember with respect 11 million victims of the Holocaust, including 6 million Jews, the Roma people and the disabled persons, who were systematically and brutally murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. We once again honor the memories of the Turkish diplomats who extended a helping hand to victims fleeing the atrocities,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Noting that Turkey opened its doors to thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi persecution during the Holocaust, the ministry said the country’s doors remain open to all people fleeing violence.

“Turkey, who embraces a human-centered approach in its foreign policy, calls upon the international community to prioritize humanitarian principles for the prevention of the recurrence of past tragedies,” the statement added.