All of Israel — the tiny democratic nation tucked in a sea of chaos — came to a complete standstill for two minutes Thursday in honor of the six million Jewish people massacred during the Holocaust.
The stunning moment of silence began when sirens blared across the Jewish nation, according to a report from CBN News.
Robert Dunn, who is from Philadelphia, was visiting Israel. He told CBN Thursday marked the first time he had been in the country on Holocaust Memorial Day.
“It was very powerful,” he said. “It was something that we’ve never seen and that everyone groups together as a country, which was pretty amazing.”
Two brothers, Benjamin and Aviv Weiss, 6 years old and 8 years old, respectively, both observed the standstill. Benjamin told CBN they “freeze” for two minutes “because we remember the Jews that were in the war that died so it doesn’t happen again.”
Events recognizing the Holocaust Memorial Day began Wednesday evening, when the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem lowered its flag to half-mast.
In his statements remembering the Holocaust, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the extreme left, extreme right and radical Islam all agree on “one thing: their hatred of Jews.”
“We’re not talking about legitimate criticism of Israel,” Netanyahu said, “but of systematic, poisonous and shallow hatred.”