A bill declaring December 6 an official day honoring the victims of Holodomor and recognizing the famine in Ukraine as an act of genocide was introduced for consideration of the Israeli Knesset. The document was submitted by a member of the coalition party Kulan Akram Hasson on February 7, NEWSru.co.il writes.
An explanatory note to the draft law says that the Holodomor was planned by "the Soviet authorities to strike at the Ukrainian nation and Ukrainian national identity."
Deputy’s entourage says that the idea of the bill arose after his visit to Ukraine in December 2017.
"Deputy Hasson visited the Holodomor Museum and remained deeply impressed, and this prompted him to initiate this law," his relatives said.
As it was reported earlier the events dedicated to the Day of Remembrance for the victims of the famine took place in Kyiv on November 25-26.
The Day of Remembrance for the victims of the famine is the yearly national memorable day in Ukraine that occurs the fourth Saturday of November. It was established by a decree of Leonid Kuchma, the former president of Ukraine on November 26, 1998, as ‘Day of Remembrance of Holodomor Victims’.
There were three Holodomors in the twentieth century: 1921-1923, 1932-1933, 1946-1947. At the same time, the status of the Holodomor has only the genocide of 1932-1933. Events of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947 are qualified as a mass famine, the genocidal nature of which has not yet been proven.
The Holodomor lasted 17 months - from April 1932 to November 1933. Researchers have not yet decided on the number of victims: they erported the numbers from 1.8 to 10 million. Most experts believe that from 3 to 3.5 million people died from hunger.