Joe Biden tells people to witness honour of Holocaust in awkward gaffe

US President Joe Biden made a shocking gaffe during his speech about the horrific genocide of the Holocaust during his first trip to Israel since he was elected.

In a clip of the speech he made shortly after landing with Air Force One yesterday (Wednesday, July 13), Biden spoke about his plan to go to the “hallowed ground” of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem later in the day.

He went on to talk about the horrific suffering that took place – but accidentally told people to “bear witness” to the “honour of the Holocaust" instead of the "horrors".

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Biden said: "I will once more return to the hallowed ground of Yad Vashem to honour the 6 million Jewish lives that were stolen in a genocide and continue — which we must do every, every day — continue to bear witness, to keep alive the truth and honour of the Holocaust."

The blunder-prone president quickly corrected himself to say “horror of the Holocaust" before he continued.

"[And] honour those we lost so that we never, ever forget that lesson and to continue our shared, unending work to fight the poison of anti-Semitism wherever it raises its ugly head,” he added.

He then went to Yad Vashem to remember the millions killed in the Holocaust and laid a wreath, before meeting with two women who survived the Nazi death camps.

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The president, wearing a yarmulke, got down on one knee to directly address the women, Rena Quint and Giselle Cycowicz and signed the memorial's visitor book alongside Prime Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog.

The Times of Isreal reported that Biden wrote: “It is a great honour to be back — back to my emotional home. We must never, ever forget — because hatred is never defeated — it only hides.

"We must teach every succeeding generation that it can happen again unless we remember. That is what I teach my children and grandchildren. Never forget.”


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