Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili was honored by the Friends of Zion Heritage Center and the Georigian Embassy in Israel for establishing a joint Israel-Georgia culture office and for the fight against anti-Semitism in her country.
The Georgian President accepted the award and related to the 5th World Holocaust Forum taking place in Jerusalem Thursday: "These ceremonies are a necessity. Remembrance is vital. Only if humans remember can we all prevent the repetition of the past. Memory is what distinguishes humans from animals, and gives us the ability to acknowledge past crimes.
"We can never be confident enough that intolerance will not prevail once again.
"We Georgians can be proud that there was never any distinction made in Georgia on the basis of religion. We always totally accepted this integral part of Georgia that was the Jewish community."