Lessons of Holocaust
02 February, 2018
• “REMEMBERING the Holocaust”, a meeting organised by Stand up to Racism in Islington town hall last Thursday, was well attended and very inspiring.
It was chaired by Councillor Claudia Webbe who said that the Holocaust was one of the greatest crimes in history. Yet, despite its unspeakable horrors, we are seeing the rise of anti-semitism, Islamophobia, fascism and racism. She made a plea for unity as we work together to end all forms of racism and hatred in our society.
Speakers included David Rosenberg, who spoke about a trip to Auschwitz with the Jewish Socialists group. He reflected on the collision of the past and an increasingly racist present.
Two young Muslim activists also spoke, Naima Omar, from Stand up to Racism, and Fatima Hersi, who spoke passionately about the need for schools to warn about the dangers of hatred and the need for people to speak out and take action to end racism. They also spoke about the Stand Up To Racism march on March 17.
After many heartfelt contributions from the floor, Cllr Webbe summed up the meeting by saying that Islington North MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brought the hope of peace and understanding in a world troubled by racist leaders with racist policies.
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