Governor Abbott Announces New Anti-Antisemitism Commission on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Chris Fox
January 27, 2020 - 5:13 pm
 Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott Monday delivered remarks at the American Jewish Committee's (AJC) International Day of Commemoration at the Texas State Capitol. It also coincided with International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Abbott paid tribute to the innocent lives lost during the Holocaust and spoke out against acts of anti-Semitism around the world, and announced his intention to establish a commission to identify and combat anti-Semitism in Texas. In his remarks, the Governor also discussed his recent visit to Israel, where he toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem and laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance.

Abbott also commented on this being the first day of Holocaust Remembrance Week in Texas Public Schools. “The law was introduced because Texans were concerned about a low understanding by students about the Holocaust as well as concern about a rise of anti-Semitic acts in the United States.” 

"It is vital that we take time to reflect on the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people, and that we remember and honor those who were killed during the Holocaust," said Abbott. "But one single day of remembrance is not enough. We must carry these lessons and the memories of those lost with us every day, and work diligently to eradicate hate, violence, and anti-Semitism in our communities. May every Texan find the courage to stand up to bigotry, and may we all empower future generations to extinguish the flames of hatred."