Erdan with the yellow star
Erdan with the yellow starCourtesy

Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan on Tuesday slammed Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Gilad Erdan, for his decision to speak at the UN Security Council while wearing a yellow star.

"We were sad to see members of the Israeli delegation to the UN wearing a yellow star," Dayan said. "This act disparages both the victims of the Holocaust and the State of Israel."

He added, "The yellow star symbolizes the Jewish nation's helplessness and its dependence on the kindness of others. Today, we have an independent state and a strong army. We are masters of our own fate."

"On our lapels today, we will place a blue-and-white flag, not a yellow star," Dayan concluded.

On Monday night, Erdan told the Security Council, "From this day on, each time you look at me you will remember what staying silent in the face of evil means."

"Just like my grandparents, and the grandparents of millions of Jews, from now on, my team and I will wear Yellow Stars. We will wear this star until you wake up and condemn the atrocities of Hamas. We walk with a yellow star as a symbol of pride. A reminder that we swore to fight back to defend ourselves. Never Again is now."

Antisemites "now know that slaughtering Jews in their beds, is met with silence," he added. "They have been so galvanized by this organization’s inaction that they cannot wait to butcher Jews themselves."

"We are Lions of Judah and we will defend ourselves against those that seek to annihilate us," Erdan promised, adding, "If Hitler had a Twitter account, it would look exactly the same as Khameini’s."

Erdan promised, "Israel will no longer live with brutal Nazis on her borders. We will not have savage ISIS-Hamas death squads invading our homeland again. Israel’s operation in Gaza, is not a response to October 7th. It is an act of self-defense to ensure our future."

Last week, Dayan wrote on X that, "The slaughter of Jews by Hamas on October 7th was genocidal in its intents and immeasurably brutal in its form. Part of why it differs from the Holocaust is because Jews have today a state and an army. We are not defenseless and at the mercy of others."

"But it puts to test the sincerity of world leaders that come to Yad Vashem and pledge 'Never Again.' Those who seek to 'understand,' look for a justifying context, and do not call for the immediate release of the abducted – fail the test. Antonio Guterres failed the test."