The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Israel Postal Authority, will issue a special postmark to commemorate the first International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Israel Postal Authority, will issue a special postmark on Friday, January 27, 2006 to commemorate the first International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The annual Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly last November, on the initiative of the UN and theInternational Organizations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
The postmark which will be stamped on special envelopes bearing a postage stamp commemorating the Holocaust and the rebirth at the Central Post Office in Jerusalem reads: "International Holocaust Remembrance Day – UN General Assembly Resolution – January 27, 2006."

The United Nations also announced a series of scheduled events related to the Holocaust to be held during the coming week. Among the activities will be a commemorative ceremony at the UN General Assembly featuring addresses by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Prof Yehuda Bauer and a special exhibition on the Holocaust organized by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority. A plaque which has been designed for the event will also be unveiled at the UN this week. A special ceremony will be held on the eve of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, with the lighting of six candles in memory of the six million Holocaust victims, at the entrance hall of the UN building in New York.

Holocaust remembrance events will also be held around the world, in accordance with the UN declaration. The UN itself will be holding similar ceremonies in its offices around the world.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its appreciation to the UN Director of Public Information, Shashi Tharoor, who has announced the International Holocaust Remembrance Day events and is actively involved in them.

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and the President of the UN General Assembly, Jan Eliasson, will be presented with a unique commemorative edition of postmarked envelopes. In this way, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expressing its gratitude to these two people who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of Holocaust remembrance on the UN agenda.