Jewish students visit site of Auschwitz death camp in Poland
Jewish students visit site of Auschwitz death camp in PolandYossi Zeliger/Flash 90

The Ministry of Education announced on Friday that it is canceling planned trips for Holocaust education delegations to Poland, which were planned to leave in the coming winter. These are 215 delegations, including about 24,000 students and educators, which were planned to go to Poland starting in February 2024.

The decision to cancel the trips was made against the background of the security situation and in view of the scope of antisemitic incidents around the world. The cancellation of the delegations at this stage will prevent financial damage to the parents whose children are scheduled to go on the delegations and to the various suppliers in the field of aviation services, hospitality, and accommodation for the delegations.

In light of the importance that the ministry attaches to the preservation of the important enterprise for commemorating the Holocaust, it is now working on finding alternative solutions for these journeys, which will combine the memory of the Holocaust with the connection to the people, the homeland and the values of volunteering and social cohesion.

At the same time, the office is working to reevaluate the content taught in preparation for the trip and during the trip itself in preparation for the summer round of trips to Poland.