A delegation of Arab Israeli youth on Monday morning left for Poland, where they will hold a historic ceremony in Arabic on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the Auschwitz death camp.
The delegation is from the "Together Vouch for Each Other" association and is comprised of Muslims, Christians, and Druze.
Over the weekend, members of the delegation participated in a preparatory tour of Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, where they met Holocaust survivor Aryeh Shilansky, who will light a torch during this week's ceremony and who shared his testimony with them. For many of the delegation's participants, the meeting with Shilansky was the first time they had ever met a Holocaust survivor.
Over the coming week, the delegation will learn about the Holocaust in Poland, meet with members of the Jewish community in Krakow, and visit the Auschwitz death camp. The delegation is also bringing packages of food, which they will distribute to Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
During the flight, a special memorial event was held, in cooperation with El Al and the Zikaron Basalon association.
Yoseph Haddad, CEO of Together Vouch for Each Other, said, "We are excited to fly to Poland and hold a meaningful ceremony on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the site of Auschwitz, in the Arabic language."
"It is important to us to make the memory of the Holocaust accessible to Arab Israeli society and to the Arab world, because every person must be familiar with the most horrific event in human history and learn about it and from it, and thus fight despicable phenomena, from Holocaust denial to all expressions of racism."