Menachem Z. Rosensaft, Associate Executive Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, will be attending the commemoration for the victims of the Srebrenica genocide this year on July 11th.
Rosensaft caught the attention of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian public several times over the past two years for his condemnation of Srebrenica genocide denial, particularly the report of the “Independent International Commission of Enquiry on the Sufferings of All Peoples in the Srebrenica Region Between 1992 and 1995,” which was established in 2019 by the government of the Republika Srpska.
The World Jewish Congress, which Rosensaft represents, has spoken out publicly on numerous occasions about the importance of taking a firm stance against genocide denial and developing cultures of remembrance. An important aspect of the Congress’s work concerns the preservation of the memories of Holocaust victims as well as confronting anti-Semitism and other forms of religious and ethnic hatred.
Rosensaft has published a number of articles on Srebrenica genocide denial and its impact on social development, arguing that there is no place in the international community for those who deny the historical facts of genocide. He called the report of the so-called “Commission on the Sufferings of All Peoples in the Srebrenica Region” a disgrace, and another instance of the “regurgitation of the decades-long Srebrenica genocide denial by Republika Srpska and Serb nationalist politicians, pseudo-academics, and others.” He also called Gideon Greif, the President of the Commission, “despicable” for his role in the report, which he said is an “embarrassment.” Rosensaft has vocally opposed genocide denial throughout his career and advocated for a strictly facts-based approach to dealing with the past.
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