Both days coincided yesterday with the birthday of former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace laureate Lester B. Pearson
MP Irwin Cotler, Liberal Critic for Rights and Freedoms and International Justice, today rose in the House of Commons to highlight both the fifth anniversary of the creation of a Canadian National Day of Remembrance and Action on Mass Atrocities, and the 67th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
As both days coincided this year, Cotler addressed the connection between the Holocaust and the establishment of the Jewish State, saying:
“It is sometimes said that if there had not been a Holocaust, there would not have been a State of Israel. But it is the other way around: If there had been an Israel, there might not have been a Holocaust or the horrors of Jewish history.”
Cotler went on to note that yesterday was also the birthday of former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace laureate Lester B. Pearson, in whose memory the National Day was established, and who was an early advocate for the creation of a Jewish state.