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September 14, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

I forget to say anything about this when it happened, but better late than never. Some Muslims think Britain’s “Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day” is offensive.

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.

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. It’s a grievance that extremists are able to exploit.”

I think the proper response to this is: what the hell kind of drugs are these people on? A genocide day isn’t a terrible idea, but a day remembering the holocaust is hardly offensive. The logic behind a day remembering Jewish suffering being offensive to Muslims in particular is beyond me. The notion that there’s some sort of genocide going on in Palestine is silly as well (that’s not to say that Israel’s policies in that department have been good, of course).

(found via Orac’s History Carnival)

Categories: Silliness
  1. rob
    September 19, 2005 at 11:33 am

    Thankfully, the Muslim Council of Britain (the organisation that proposed this) is completely insane and nobody really pays attention to them. Well, I don’t know what sort of status they hold within the Muslim community, but I do know that not many non-Muslims hold them in high regard.

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