Monday, September 12, 2005

Crazy Brits

While I'm not actively posting, this story is too outrageous to ignore.
Ha'aretz reports that

"Advisers appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair are proposing that Britain get rid of Holocaust Memorial Day because Muslims find it offensive, the British Sunday Times has reported.

The proposals - which provoked a backlash from British Jewish leaders - aim to replace Holocaust Memorial Day with a Genocide Day that would include recognition of Muslim deaths in the West Bank and Gaza, Chechnya and Bosnia, the Times said."

While the idea of a day that remembers all genocide is a good one, it should not come at the expense of Holocaust remembrance efforts. Also, the arguments that Muslims find such a day offensive and that the events in the West Bank and Gaza are akin to the Holocaust are upsetting, to say the least.

For more discussion, see the Volokh Conspiracy.


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