Moslem youth to honor Holocaust Day

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

A group of young Moslem professionals in London are defying the Moslem Council of Britain’s call to boycott Holocaust Memorial Day and will remember the victims of the Holocaust with the rest of the world.

Moslem and Jewish young professionals heard a firsthand testimony of Holocaust survivor Trude Levi and Rwandan genocide survivor Jean Mazimpaka on Tuesday night. Attendees were invited to sign the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment and were given a question and answer time following the testimonies.

The Moslem Council of Britain called a boycott on grounds that Holocaust Memorial Day, which recognizes other genocides, fails to remember the “Palestinian genocide.”

“The Holocaust represents an example of mass murder and genocide that should never be forgotten, particularly at a time when Europe is uneasy about, and even fearful of, its minorities, including its Moslems,” said Asim Siddiqui, chairman of the group.

“The Srebrenica massacre on our doorstep, only 11 years ago, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994, in which up to a million people were killed,” he continued, “remind us that no one can afford to be complacent about any increase in racism and intolerance in Europe or anywhere else.”

However, the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock said, “it is our duty to stand up to those groups and individuals who encourage division and hatred in our communities.”

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