Israel’s UN envoy: On Passover this year, we think of Ukraine

April 7, 2022 by TPS
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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Gilad Erdan hosted an early Passover Seder at the UN on Wednesday during which he declared that “this year, when we think of ‘let My people go,’ we will also think of Ukraine.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan at the event. (Shahar Azran)

About 50 Ambassadors to the UN from countries all around the world including the US, Ukraine, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, and Hungary participated. The Ambassadors were served the traditional Passover meal and learned about the Seder, its meaning, rituals, and customs from leaders of the organization Aish HaTorah.

Erdan initiated the event to strengthen the knowledge and understanding of Ambassadors from around the world about the history of the Jewish people, the journey from slavery to freedom, and the Jewish values that are reflected in the holiday customs such as the struggle against oppression and slavery for freedom, the four questions, and the four sons.

Erdan said during the event that “as Israel’s ambassador, witnessing the atrocities in Ukraine continue, makes me think that if Israel is faced with an existential threat, no international agreement or international organization will come to our rescue. We can only rely on ourselves.”

He was apparently hinting at a possible re-signing of a nuclear deal between western powers and Iran.

“Friends, fellow ambassadors, the question we must all ask ourselves is: Are we doing enough? We must ask this every day, till the bloodshed stops,” he demanded.


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