Prince Charles Appears To Snub Mike Pence At Holocaust Remembrance Event

Prince Charles appeared to snub Vice President Mike Pence at a gathering commemorating the Holocaust in Israel on Thursday.

Numerous world leaders, dignitaries and royals have traveled to Israel for the World Holocaust Forum on Thursday, marking 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp amid a global rise in anti-Semitic violence.

Just before the ceremony— called Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism—started at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Charles entered and brushed past both Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence without greeting them before taking his seat, according to The New York Times.

הרגע שבו צ'ארלס דילג על מייק פנס

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) January 23, 2020

Video of the moment posted on Twitter shows Charles moving past Pence just before he reaches out for a handshake and shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instead.

"I'm sure Prince Charles just snubbed Mike Pence. Titter," Darren Lethem tweeted alongside a clip.

Some claimed the moment was "deliberate," but one person claimed Pence "didn't have his hand out for a shake" until Charles had already moved on.

Clarence House declined to comment. However, a source told Newsweek that Charles didn't greet Pence during that encounter as the pair had a "warm and friendly" chat earlier that day.

The White House has been contacted for comment.

Later, Charles delivered a speech calling the lessons of the Holocaust "searingly relevant to this day."

"Seventy-five years after the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart, still tell new lies, adopt new disguises, and still seek new victims," he told the audience.

"All too often, language is used which turns disagreement into dehumanization. Words are used as badges of shame to mark others as enemies, to brand those who are different as somehow deviant.

"All too often, virtue seems to be sought through verbal violence. All too often, real violence ensues, and acts of unspeakable cruelty are still perpetrated around the world against people for reasons of their religion, their race or their beliefs."

In his address, Pence declared that the "rising tide of vile anti-Semitism fueling hate" needed to be combated all over the globe, citing Iran as "the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy," according to The Times.

He also spoke of his trip to the concentration camp, saying: "One cannot walk the grounds of Auschwitz without being moved beyond words.

"One cannot see the piles of shoes, the lone boxcar on the rail, the gate to the camp, and the grainy photographs of men, women, and children being sent to their deaths without asking: 'How could they?'"

Thursday's event at Yad Vashem marks one of the largest political gatherings in Israel's history. The Associated Press reported that more than 10,000 police officers were deployed in Jerusalem ahead of the event and large areas of the city were shut down because of it.

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Prince Charles (L), Prince of Wales, and Mile Pence (R) at an event at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020, to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. Ronen Zvulun/AFP via Getty Images