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Obama Ending Israel Visit With Symbolic Stops

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JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama says Israel’s Holocaust memorial illustrates the depravity to which man can sink but says it is also a reminder of the rescuers and the “righteous among nations who refused to be bystanders.”

Obama visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial Friday as he wrapped up a three-day trip to Israel. He said the memorial represents a call to confront bigotry and racism, “especially anti-Semitism.”

Obama also laid wreaths at the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism who died in 1904 before realizing his dream of a Jewish homeland, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.

He was also touring the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

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