The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) has released this video for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.
While I sympathize with all victims of discrimination and hate crimes, this video is offensive to me as a Jew.
There is clearly an agenda at play here to compare hate crimes against Muslims with the Holocaust, a state-sponsored genocide. And it is not at all subtle.
The video opens with a Muslim lady being harassed. She then appears two more times, in various stages of upset. In fact, she appears in approximately 30 seconds of the video.
In comparison, the Jewish hate crime of present day depicted in the video is a cemetery desecration, which features in approximately 20 seconds of the video.
But not only that – check out the imagery at 53 seconds into the video.
If you did not notice:
That object on the Muslim woman looks a hell of lot like a yellow star.
Again, I am opposed to all forms of discrimination. But to give precedence to hate crimes against Muslims and compare them to what happened in the Holocaust? That’s just offensive and wrong.
Incidentally, if the HMDT wants to educate about the Holocaust so it doesn’t happen again, they could do worse than educating British Muslims about it, given they are more likely to be antisemitic than the general population.
So how did this offensive video happen? I suspect it has something to do with having Dilwar Hussain and Fiyaz Mughal on the board of Trustees.