W Parlamencie Europejskim zapłonęły świece chanukowe

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I would like to warmly welcome you to the Hanukkah Festival of Lights, which has become a tradition here in the European Parliament, since 2002. It is a great honour and distinction for me, that this year, it is held under my patronage, as Vice-President of the European Parliament.

I represent Poland – a country, which for centuries has been an example of symbiosis between Polish society and the Jewish community.

It was in my homeland that Jews found refuge after pogroms in Southern Europe and found their home for centuries to come. It is right to commemorate the tragedy behind the Holocaust – the genocide of Jews by German occupiers (Nazi occupiers). It is also worth mentioning the centuries of life, settlement and development of Jews on Polish soil.

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights symbolises the power of light over darkness, freedom over oppression, and hope over despair.

Solidarity and fairness are at the core of European values and traditions. We are reminded by the Menorah, that the elimination of darkness to rid of selfishness, disgrace and hatred is to kindle the lights of freedom and unify all faiths in dialogue, peace and love.

I wish to express my appreciation to all the Jewish organisations involved in today’s ceremony for their endeavour to bring this light to the heart of the European Parliament.

Ladies and Gentleman, Dear Friends,

Happy Hanukkah!