I'd like to take the time to debunk some urban myths that have been circulating around the internet of late.
It seems that a story has been circulating that schools in the UK, Ireland and other European nations have banned the teaching of Holocaust related material for fear of offending Muslim students. Let me, as a dedicated Jew, and a Zionist say now, that this is, for the most part, patendly untrue. While one school did remove its curriculum for non political reasons, every other school and university in the United Kingdom still teaches Jewish and Holocaust studies.
It is important that we, as Jews, Muslims, Christians or anyone else is cognisant of falshoods perpetuated by the vehical of irrational emotions and unthought jumps to conclusion.
The Holocaust was very real and its very real legacy continues, forcefully to this day. Six million Jews and millions more non-Jews died horribly in Nazi concentration and death camps. They were shot, starved, beaten, tortured, experimented upon and gassed. After that they were burned in ovens or buried in mass graves. The Nazi's exploited thier slave labor so they could roll across Europe and commit many more atrocities over the course of WWII itself. To deny or ignore the Holocaust is to deny or ignore ones humanity.
It is all to obvious that many in the Muslim world, throughout both the Middle East and Europe harbor many of the same anti-semitisims that were perpetuated by the Nazis. This is a reality that Middle Eastern and European governments must face. In the case of Europe, these nations also harbor centuries old hatreds that are accentuated by the current rhetoric being proffered by radical Imams.
But to falsify a claim that foists erroneous claims upon British society and simultanioulsy denegrates and villifies all Arabs and Muslims is reprehensible. It is the responsibility of the World to "Never Forget" the events of the Holocaust and the second world war. In addition, it is our responsibility as Jews to respectfully educate those who are ignorant of the events of the Shoah. But we must do it honestly and without Judgement. We are all human beings, no greater and no less than anyone else and false, inflammatory claims, in the long run, only hurt our aims and do nothing to move us forward as a people and as a species.
Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Rememberance Day. Let us remember it truthfully and withreverence for the dead and for those who in the midst of darkness, sought justice and light.
Yitgadal v'yitgadash shemai rabah...