A superb post on Holocaust Memorial Day by Ruth Gledhill of The Times here:
It is truly remarkable that the Archbishop of Canterbury chose the venue in Liverpool to speak of the barbarity of much current Muslim theology. But maybe not so remarkable, after all. Maybe quite apt. Because if there is another Holocaust (and I use the term 'Holocaust' to mean what it's supposed to mean, i.e. the deliberate policy of the Nazis and their abettors to exterminate the entire Jewish people), then it will surely come in our day via the ideas of extreme Islam and their supporters, especially among the left-leaning chattering classes of Europe.
Why the need to define the Holocaust? This, which I've just received, from England of course, and wouldn't you know it, from Brent Council, no less. It's written to a concerned member of the public:
Thank you for your message concerning an article on Brent Holocaust Memorial Day which appeared in the January edition of the Brent magazine. I have been asked to respond to your concern.
I would like to reassure you that we take great care in the planning and publicising of Brent Holocaust Memorial Day, and to this end we work closely with a steering group that includes representatives of Jewish organisations. The publicity and messages we send out are agreed with the steering group and also the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The Trust themselves describe Holocaust Memorial Day as an event which: “commemorates the lives of those lost in the Holocaust” and makes no direct reference that it was Jewish people who were the main victims. We aim to ensure that any editorial we are responsible for is entirely in keeping with the wording endorsed by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
I hope this resolves the matter to your satisfaction.
London Borough of Brent
020 8937 1063
Wow! Shades of the 'banality of evil' there, and no mistake!. Talk about buck-passing!
I think that this calls for an elucidation from the Holocaust Education Trust, pretty quickish, if they are not to lose complete credibility.
However, this sort of thing has been going on for ages, since 2001 in fact. No wonder the rabbi of our Manchester synagogue preached an entire sermon in 2005 in which he stated that HMD was nothing to do with us.
Throughout history others have wished to appropriate the Jewishness of our being - first it was the early Christians, with their 'new' testament, which would somehow replace ours. The 'Old' Testament was then redefined in a way now aped by atheist Richard Dawkins. As if God were an imbecile and his followers cretins. And the Oral Law didn't exist at all. Hitler was aware of the importance of Oral Law, though, as he spared the Karaites of Lithuania the fate of their fellow Jews, knowing full well that they were biblicists only and didn't hold with Jewish tradition. It's all there in the archives in Vilnius.
Then, it was the race or the 'blood'. This got going in Spain (where Jews lived in harmony with the Ancient Romans, well before the time of either the Christians or Muslims) and flowered in Nazi Germany. But blood libels and pogroms, as well as expulsions, actually started in England, culminating in 1290, when the expelled Jews were deliberately drowned in the sea.
In our own day, it's the Holocaust. 'What we're going through now in Israel', said an extremely wealthy Muslim translator, who had invited me to her home in the best part of Haifa, 'is like your Shoah. Hamas has got it just right'. I got out of there as fast as I could. I had just arrived and been told that Muslims in that area were particularly nice and conciliatory.
I had been used to such rubbish from Muslims in Britain, usually when they were bested in debate - those who had been attending HMD said that they wouldn't any more. And those who didn't attend it, and had no intention of ever starting, would go on about how Jews use the Holocaust to their own advantage. This is actually untrue. Most Jews are reluctant to draw attention to themselves in this way and in diaspora usually wait for others to look after them. This is the traditional way that the Jews of Britain have behaved, for instance.
But then you get this self-satisfied response from the Brent Councils of this worl and you really do wonder what's going on.
Could someone please enlighten me?