“Israel has a vast tradition of Holocaust remembrance, but a somewhat narrow take on mass murders in other places in the world,” Prof. Neil Gandal said on Tuesday, at the opening of the three-day International Conference on Genocide Prevention at Tel Aviv University.

The conference organizers hope to change that and turn Israel into a world leader in the field of genocide prevention.

The conference marks the 61st anniversary of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was initiated by Polish Jewish human rights activist Raphael Lemkin, the man who first coined the term “genocide.”

“We have so many Holocaust survivors who found refuge here and we have so much knowledge of dealing with the issue of trauma that we should be exporting that knowledge. We shou

We should be leading the world, but we are behind and silent,” said conference organizer Romi Kaplan.

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