Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin drew an analogy Tuesday between the gassing of Syrian civilians and the atrocities the Jewish people suffered during the Holocaust.
“We, as a people who survived the greatest of atrocities and rose from the ashes to be a strong and secure nation, we will do all we can to continue to aid the survivors of the horrors in Syria,” Rivlin said in a statement, according to Times of Israel.
“We know all too well how dangerous silence can be, and we cannot remain mute.”
Rivlin’s remarks were made in response to reports Tuesday that the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on numerous civilians in the city of Idlib.
“The pictures we are seeing today from Syria and the reports of the massacre of children, of civilians, with chemical weapons, is a stain on all humanity,” Rivlin said in reaction to the images of civilians, including children, choking on the gas.
“The international community in its entirety must come together to bring an end to this murderous madness and ensure that such scenes will never be repeated anywhere.”
That attack was also condemned by diplomats, including French ambassador to the U.N. Francois Dellatre.
“The time has come to act collectively with all necessary firmness,” Dellatre told members of the U.N. Security Council during an emergency meeting Wednesday, according to the NY Times.
“The world is watching us.”