Sunday, December 18, 2005

His greatness will allow a Holocaust Memorial.

UK: Thank the heavens, because without Sir Iqbal Sacranie and the MCB's endorsement, the Holocaust Memorial just wouldn't have that certain gravitas to it.

Britain's Muslim leaders are considering ending their controversial boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day when the national commemoration is held next month. The Muslim Council of Britain has long argued that HMD is 'exclusive' to Jews and that an EU genocide memorial day would better represent all victims of crimes against humanity. This year the council's leadership snubbed the HMD ceremony in Westminster marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. But Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the council, signalled the organisation's position has now softened and he is actively considering attending the next national event at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 26 January, where guests are likely to include Tony Blair. 'This is being discussed at the moment within the MCB,' he said. 'A meeting is taking place in the next 10 days and then we'll able to tell you our decision on this. We want to make sure how inclusive it can be. Once the inclusivity is there, we have no problem with it.'
"How inclusive it can be" What a load, the MCB will not stop until the event/term Holocaust is watered down to nothing which is the whole reason behind their January boycott and their recommendation to scrap the day a couple of months ago. They have tried every soft-sop method to get rid of the day because regardless of the fact the holocaust happened, it is a bit too Jewish for them.
Sacranie denied reports that the council had called for HMD to be scrapped. 'There has been deliberate misrepresentation of what we've been saying,' he continued. 'We are accused of not realising the depth of the horror, but there's never been an argument about questioning the Holocaust. Our position has been very clear: we fully understand the need for a commemoration and Holocaust memorial. 'What we have been saying is that it should be an inclusive event: it should take into account all other genocides as well. However, if the Jewish community is quite strongly of the view that the name should remain Holocaust - because Holocaust is a particular reference to a particular event in history - then fine.'
Oh thank you King Iqbal for allowing that, now stop pouting. You can see the new tact which is to push the issue on the Jewish community as some sort of guilt trip for leaving out everyone else. It would be too hard for a genocide day or whatever he wants to happen at another time, they have to get rid of this holocaust day. Problem is they overplayed their hand and now are backtracking to figure out how to do it.
The council has given up hope of changing the title of the day after the founding last September of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, an independent charitable organisation which has the Queen's patronage and took over responsibility for HMD from the Home Office. The event's standing was further strengthened last month by a United Nations general assembly resolution. Sacranie said: 'We do not see any reason why, if it cannot be changed into Genocide Memorial Day, we should not also have one that commemorates all other genocides as well. The message of "never again" will only come into reality if we recognise all human life. There has been more than one genocide in history.'
But there has been only one holocaust, something that Sacranie and his sychophants will never accept.

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