Sago Boulevard

Monday, September 12, 2005

Holocaust Memorial Day is Offensive to Muslims

I'm fuming over this:
Advisors 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.
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..."

I think Seth put it well:

The opponents of Holocaust Day wish it to be replaced by a "Genocide Day" that would also remember dead Palestinians. Because no Jewish suffering is to be recognized without implying that Jews are mass murderers who deserve it.