chapter  9
The role of holocaust memory in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
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Introduction On April 18, 2012, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu gave the customary oration at Yad Vashem on the eve of Shoah Remembrance Day, in which he included an exhortation to his audience not just to commemorate the victims but also to “learn” history’s “lesson”:

On this day, when our entire nation gathers together to remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the six million Jews who were murdered, we must fulfill our most sacred obligation. This obligation is not merely an obligation to remember the past. It is an obligation to learn its lessons, and, most importantly, to apply them to the present in order to secure the future of our people.