Skip to comments.Ditch Holocaust day, advisers urge Blair
Posted on 09/11/2005 5:49:27 AM PDT by white trash redneck
|ADVISERS appointed by Tony Blair after the London bombings are proposing to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims.
They want to replace it with a Genocide Day that would recognise the mass murder of Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya and Bosnia as well as people of other faiths.
Holocaust Day was established by Blair in 2001 after a sustained campaign by Jewish leaders to create a lasting memorial to the 6m victims of Hitler. It is marked each year on January 27.
The Queen is patron of the charity that organises the event and the Home Office pays £500,000 a year to fund it. The committees argue that the special status of Holocaust Memorial Day fuels extremists sense of alienation because it excludes Muslims.
A member of one of the committees, made up of Muslims, said it gave the impression that western lives have more value than non-western lives. That perception needed to be changed. One way of doing that is if the government were to sponsor a national Genocide Memorial Day.
The very name Holocaust Memorial Day sounds too exclusive to many young Muslims. It sends out the wrong signals: that the lives of one people are to be remembered more than others. Its a grievance that extremists are able to exploit.
The recommendation, drawn up by four committees including those dealing with imams and mosques, and Islamaphobia and policing, has the backing of Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain.
He said: The message of the Holocaust was never again, and for that message to have practical effect on the world community it has to be inclusive. We can never have double standards in terms of human life. Muslims feel hurt and excluded that their lives are not equally valuable to those lives lost in the Holocaust time.
Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of the charity Interpal, said: There are 500 Palestinian towns and villages that have been wiped out over the years. Thats pretty genocidal to me.
The committees are also set to clash with Blair on his proposal to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir, the radical Islamic group. Government sources say they will argue that a ban is unjustified because the group, which is proscribed in much of the Middle East, neither advocates nor perpetrates violence in the UK.
A Home Office spokesman said it would consider the proposals for a separate Genocide Day for all faiths but emphasised that it regarded the Holocaust as a defining tragedy in European history.
Mike Whine, a director of the British Board of Deputies, said: Of course we will oppose this move. The whole point is to remember the darkest day of modern history.
Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside and a Holocaust Memorial trustee, said: These Muslim groups should stop trying to evade the enormity of the Holocaust.
The seven committees finalise their recommendations today at St Georges House, Windsor, and will submit them to Blair and Charles Clarke, the home secretary, on September 22.
This is a joke, right?
What next ?
So remembering the Holocaust is now politically incorrect?!
"The very name Holocaust Memorial Day sounds too exclusive to many young Muslims. "
And just how many MUSLIMS did Hitler put in concentration camps and gas and burn to death?
He did use them in the Waffen SS.
Reminds me of their digging under the Temple Mount to obliterate all evidence of Jewish life/Solomon's Stables, etc.. They have no honor, integrity, decency. Those cartoons of towel-headed loonies with squirrely eyes are accurate. They're lunatics.
This disgusts me.
Muslims as a whole are offensive to me, but I doubt I am going to get any relief for it.
WOW, amazing. All those churches will become mosques over there. What a travesty.
trop ugly ping
F#$k the Saracen heathen and all who bow down before them.
Muslims are "offended" because only 6 million Jews were slaughtered.
On a related note.
I recently returned from business travel to the U.K. Nice people there, friendly and easy to talk to.
It turns out I was there during the London bombings (not in London, fortunately), which were done by, yes, remember, Muslims.
I was talking to a cabbie who made a very interesting point. He said that about a generation ago the UK economy was growing and they imported all of these Muslims to fill the low end jobs. Jobs that "evidently" Brittish citizens would not do. (Sound a bit familiar)?
Well, a generation goes by and now all these Muslims are citizens and the UK has a whole series of problems. The bombings are one example (the perpetrators were Brittish citizens), and this issue with Holocaust day is another. It doesn't stop there.
"And just how many MUSLIMS did Hitler put in concentration camps and gas and burn to death?"
None....Muslims themselves were part of the killing machine during the Holocaust. Me thinks they should hang their head in shame for participating in the attempted annihilation of a people.
So how many muslims were lost in the Holocaust?
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