Mus­lims give their sup­port

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

MUS­LIM PRO­FES­SION­ALS demon­strated their sup­port for Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day on Tues­day night at an event held by the City Cir­cle char­ity near Lon­don’s Edg­ware Road.

Auschwitz and Rwan­dan sur­vivors re­lated their ex­pe­ri­ences to a pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim au­di­ence. Pro­fes­sor Brian Bri­vati of Kingston Univer­sity and Ger Dui­jz­ings of Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don of­fered aca­demic views on the na­ture of geno­cide.

In­tro­duc­ing the event, City Cir­cle chair­man Asim Sid­diqui said: “The Nazis were able to do what they did by de­mon­is­ing en­tire mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties.” He pointed out that Europe was be­com­ing “more fear­ful of mi­nori­ties, es­pe­cially Mus­lims”.

Re­fer­ring to last week’s JC/ YouGov poll find­ing that 28 per cent of young adults did not know about the Holo­caust, he said it proved “the need to con­tin­u­ally re­mem­ber and take a day out each year to do that”.

Mr Sid­diqui fur­ther mused on “how in­sen­si­tive it is when peo­ple deny or be­lit­tle the Holo­caust”.

Pro­fes­sor Bri­vati sug­gested coun­ter­ing Holo­caust de­nial by ed­u­ca­tion and “re­claim­ing its uni­ver­sal­ity. It was not a crime only against the Jews but a crime against all hu­man be­ings.”

There was a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion on the state of Mus­lim-Jewish re­la­tions in the UK, with one Jewish au­di­ence mem­ber be­moan­ing them as “ter­ri­ble. There is a lack of un­der­stand­ing. It is pos­si­bly the fault of Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion.”

But Altaff Aumeeruwy of Stam­ford Hill dis­agreed, re­mark­ing that “in my area, Jews and con­ser­va­tive Mus­lims are side-by-side, with a mosque and a syn­a­gogue next door to each other”.

City Cir­cle trustee Sha­hedah Vawda told the JC: “Is­lam is about valu­ing your fel­low hu­man be­ings, and Holo­caust re­mem­brance is about re­mem­ber­ing all the hu­man be­ings who died and suf­fered [in geno­cides]. I am South African, so I know how im­por­tant rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is in bring­ing coun­tries back to­gether.”

Asim Sid­diqui (left), Sha­hedah Vawda, Yahya Birt and the Board of Deputies’ Win­ston Pick­ett at the City Cir­cle

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