On the face of it, this looks like a reasonable demand. What does Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), ask after all?
“The MCB unhesitatingly and wholeheartedly supports the prime minister’s determination that the horrendous crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust are never forgotten.”
But he added: “After the world vowed ‘never again’ at the end of the Second World War, though, we have seen the same barbarism again, against peoples in Vietnam, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Chechnya and recently in Darfur.
“So we said that our common humanity called upon us to also recognise the crimes perpetrated against other people, and we called for the establishment of an EU genocide memorial day.
“Such a day would help dispel the — frankly racist — notion that some people are to be regarded as being more equal than others.”
In other words, he's just saying that having a separate Holocaust Memorial Day is in itself racist. The UK, and Europe, should remember all racial genocides, wherever they are around the world.
The "uniqueness" of the Holocaust was not the fact that one nation was killed just for being members of that nation. It goes much deeper than that. The Nazis saw their war on two fronts - the Jewish People on the one hand, and conquering Europe/World on the other. Killing the Jews was even more important than winning the war. Even when defeat was eminent Jews were still being killed, despite it taking resources away from the war effort.
During WWII, Britain refused to allow Jewish refugees the ability to enter the British Mandate of Palestine (the Land of Israel). By that, they consigned many Jews to their fate. That is a good reason, why Britian should remember the Holocaust and make sure "it never happens again".
I hope the day comes soon when the MCB calls out against anti-semitism as quickly as it calls out against Islamophobia.
Source: European Jewish Press (English)