Canada is replacing a new Holocaust remembrance plaque after outrage that it did not mention Jews.
The National Holocaust Memorial was unveiled last week in Ottawa, where an inscription reads that it ”commemorates the millions of men, women, and children murdered during the Holocaust and honours the survivors who persevered and were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history.”
It exhorts those in the country to “be vigilant in standing guard against hate, intolerance, and discrimination,” but remains general in scope.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned anti-Semitism during his speech at the monument, seen from above as an elongated Star of David, but was blasted by opposition lawmakers for a “profoundly obvious omission” on the inscription.
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“If we are going to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important that we get history right,” Conservative MP David Sweet said in Canadian Parliament.
The country’s Heritage Minister Melanie Joly responded by saying the memorial itself does commemorate the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany.
She added that a new plaque will have an inscription that “reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people,” the BBC reported.
Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, has previously come under scrutiny for failing to mention Jews in his 2016 statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day, though he later apologized for “unintended impressions.”
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President Trump’s Holocaust remembrance statement this year was called “troubling” by the Anti-Defamation League this year after also failing to reference the killings of Jewish people specifically.
The White House, at the time dealing with a surge in attention to anti-Semitism after the election, said that its statement “took into account all of those who suffered.”
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