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Peres addresses Bundestag in Berlin

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Peres addresses Bundestag in Berlin


The Israeli President Shimon Peres has given an emotional address to the German parliament, the Bundestag.

He had gone to the special session in Berlin to commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Peres recited a Jewish prayer for those who had lost members of their families, and remembered waving his grandfather goodbye for ever from the platform of a railway station.

“Never again,” he said, “never again, xenophobic teachings. Never again, the feeling of superiority. Never again, a divine right to murder and ignore the law. We must never again ignore bloodthirsty dictatorships that hide behind popularity.”

The Israeli President said he looked forward to a world without war and without anti-semitism.

He spoke of the special friendship and support that existed between Israel and Germany, and he said Israel is prepared to give up territory in the pursuit of peace with the Palestinians.

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