75 years since liberation of Auschwitz

Israel was on Monday in final preparations for the arrival of world leaders to mark 75 years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland.

The event, titled “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism,” is organized by the International Holocaust Forum.

From Tuesday to Thursday, some 40 world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, are expected to land in the Ben Gurion international airport outside Tel Aviv.

The event will focus on the commemoration of the Holocaust. The main ceremony will take place on Thursday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem.

The police said in a statement that thousands of police officers and security personnel will be deployed from Tuesday to Thursday in Jerusalem and its vicinity. Many highways and roads will be blocked.

Israel’s Channel 12 TV news reported that the army has deployed additional Iron Dome air defense batteries to intercepts possible rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to hold several bilateral meetings.

“I will talk with them about Iran, various developments in the region and the strengthening of relations between the countries,” he said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting on Jan. 19.