Friday, January 26, 2018

Controversy over Corbyn’s Holocaust memorial message

What a load of baloney! How do they get away with this nonsense, every one knows what the holocaust refers to? This is a fake outrage to discredit Corbyn. KV

A longer message from the Labour leader, printed in a booklet for the service, referred by name to Jewish Holocaust victims, including Anne Frank, as “our Jewish brothers and sisters”.
In the HET memorial book, Mr Corbyn wrote: “We should never forget the Holocaust: The millions who died, the millions displaced and cruel hurt their descendants have suffered.
“We should understand the way fascism arose in Germany and the circumstances that gave space for the Nazis to grow.
“At this, and at all other times, we should reflect and make sure succeeding generations understand the power of words.
“Their power to do immense good and inspire; and their power to promote hate and division.
“Let us use their power to educate, to inspire, but above all to build values of trust and respect.”
His message sparked controversy on social media, with some Twitter users comparing it to US President Donald Trump’s failure to mention the Jews in his Holocaust Memorial Day message in 2017.
Message of support given by Jeremy Corbyn for the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony
Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “It is hard to believe anybody can neglect to mention Jews when writing a Holocaust Memorial Day Message, let alone the leader of the opposition.
“Mr Corbyn displays a complete lack of sensitivity to those who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust and its impact on the Jewish community.”
And a spokesman for the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism described it as “a disgraceful forgetting at a ceremony purposed for remembering”, adding; “We call on Mr Corbyn to apologise and issue a new statement.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, of the US-based Anti-Defamation League, said: “To omit any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism in your Holocaust remembrance statement is offensive to us and the millions murdered. Nazi ideology was rooted in hate and anti-Semitism. We can never forget that.”
A Labour source said: “Jeremy was clearly referring to the millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust and their descendants.”

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