FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (MAY 19, 2020)
ICAN APPLAUDS CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS FOR PASSAGE OF
RESOLUTION CONDEMNING LITHUANIAN HOLOCAUST DISTORTION
The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) applauds the City of Beverly Hills following the passage of a resolution condemning the Lithuanian government for actively promoting Holocaust distortion.
“There is a disturbing trend of government-backed Holocaust distortion sweeping across eastern Europe,” said Vered Elkouby Nisim, ICAN CA Chairwoman. “Today, Lithuania is leading a dark and cynical campaign of Holocaust distortion and we thank the City of Beverly Hills for having the courage to stand up and speak out against this insidious form of state-sponsored antisemitism.”
Earlier this year, Lithuania drafted legislation that would have made it illegal to accuse the country of complicity in Nazi crimes, this followed the passage of similar laws by Poland, and Ukraine. At a time of rising global antisemitism, ICAN believes that laws designed to mask the true history of the Holocaust is especially dangerous and is working with leaders in the United States to oppose such laws using the strongest possible means.
The resolution, passed at the May 19, 2020, City Council session states, in part, ”the City of Beverly Hills condemns any attempts by the Lithuanian government to deny their historical state-sponsored, and other official acts facilitating the murder of Jews and others during the Holocaust.” And, “demands Lithuania cease all efforts to advance proposed legislation which declares Lithuania innocent of any crimes in furtherance of the Holocaust, including the murder of Jews and others.”
About the Israeli-American Civic Action Network: The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) is building a powerful movement bringing Israelis and Americans together to fight for a better America, a more secure Israel, and a stronger U.S. – Israel alliance through advocacy education, civic action, and campaigns and elections.