Ha­mas speech at HMD event

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY STEPHANIE BRICKMAN

A SCOT­TISH anti-Is­rael fringe group has held what it claimed was a Holo­caust Me­mo­ri­alDayevent,with­aguest­s­peaker who openly sup­ports Ha­mas.

The Scot­tish Pales­tinian Sol­i­dar­ity cam­paign hosted two all-day events in Ed­in­burghandGlas­gowonSun­dayJan­uary 25 en­ti­tled Re­sis­tance to Geno­cide and Eth­nic Cleans­ing : from Europe in the 1940s to the Mid­dle East To­day.

The key speak­ers were Dr Azam Tamimi, di­rec­tor of the Lon­don-based In­sti­tute of Is­lamic Po­lit­i­cal Thought, and Lil­iane Kacz­er­gin­sky, daugh­ter of Yid­dish poet Sh­merke Kacz­er­gin­sky.

In Ed­in­burgh, speak­ing to the 32 peo­ple present in a 100-seat hall, Dr Tamimi as­serted: “Now it is an irony that we talk about Holo­caust memo­rial when we have just seen the holo­caust of an­other time, per­pe­trated by those who claim to be speak­ing in the name of Holo­caust sur­vivors.”

Headded: “Is­raelis are pro­fes­sional liars, com­pul­sive liars by na­ture, and this is the na­ture of Zion­ism.”

TheSPSCo­rig­i­nal­lyreg­is­teredtheevent on the Holo­caust Memo­rial Day (HMD) web­site, but it was later re­moved.

Holo­caust sur­vivor David Gold­berg, a mem­ber of Ed­in­burgh He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, said: “As far as I’m con­cerned that­was­no­taHolo­caust­memo­ri­alevent. I lost nine mem­bers of my im­me­di­ate fam­ily. This event abuses their mem­ory to make a po­lit­i­cal point.”

Karen Pol­lock, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust, said: “HMD pro­vides us with the op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­berthosepeo­ple­wholost­their­lives at the hands of the Nazis as well as con­sider the uni­ver­sal lessons that we can learn from this tragic episode.

“It is ex­tremely dis­turb­ing to think that any group would con­sider this day as a plat­form to make po­lit­i­cal points — par­tic­u­larly if it con­sid­ers it ap­pro­pri­ate to host a speaker with in­flam­ma­tory views.”

Lil­iane Kacz­er­gin­sky claimed that her fa­ther would not have been a sup­porter of present-day Is­rael. She said: “Zion­ism dis­hon­ours the geno­cide of Euro­pean Jews.”

The Mus­lim Coun­cil of Bri­tain boy­cotted the Holo­caust Memo­rial Day na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion on Sun­day in what it said was protest at Is­rael’s ac­tions in Gaza. The coun­cil failed to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the event in Cove nt r y a s h a d b e e n e x p e c t e d . Last year, MCB mem­bers at­tended the memo­rial day for the first time, hav­ing pre­vi­ously de­manded it should be re­named “Geno­cide Day”.

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