The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Last week­end, I was hon­oured to at­tend the Holo­caust Day Me­mo­rial event in East Ren­frew­shire, the theme of which is: “Don’t stand by”.

Provost Alas­tair Carmichael re­minded the au­di­ence that the Holo­caust and sub­se­quent geno­cides took place be­cause the lo­cal pop­u­la­tions al­lowed in­sid­i­ous per­se­cu­tion to take root. While some sup­ported or fa­cil­i­tated state poli­cies of per­se­cu­tion, the vast ma­jor­ity stood by silently — at best, afraid to speak out, at worst, ‘’in­dif­fer­ent”.

Yet, re­cently, at a meet­ing of a Scot­tish Par­lia­ment cross-party group, an ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist — pro­mot­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of anti-Jewish rhetoric into the school cur­ricu­lum — re­port­edly said: “We need a nar­ra­tive to bal­ance the Holo­caust one… It is dif­fi­cult to get into schools be­cause of the an­tisemitism agenda”. No one present ob­jected. They just stood by! Stan­ley Grossman New­ton Mearns, Glas­gow

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