KOSHER DELIGHT - YOUR JEWISH ONLINE MAGAZINE!
Posted: April 30, 2007 ב"ה - י"ב
say that history is just one person's recollection of events and
therefore not necessarily accurate. Every generation lives through history.
Depending on your age it could be men walking on the moon, the Vietnam War,
Kennedy's assassination or a variety of other things. Almost certainly if
you're reading this today, you have lived through the bombing of the FBI
building in Oklahoma, both bombings of the World Trade Center and the
capture and hanging of Sadamm Hussein. It happened in our time yet it is all
one part of recent history that is often under attack as
counterfeit or melodramatic and that is the Holocaust. The problem with
declaring it a falsehood is that there are people that are around today
who have lived through the Holocaust, both perpetrators and victims. Over
the past 60 years, there have been thousands of witnesses and thousands of
feet of documentary proving that the Holocaust DID happen. So it's hard to
deny it, but some do it with ease anyway.
As much as this phenomenon irks me, I
sort of expect the anti-Semite to deny the Holocaust, and I am not shocked
that Muslim countries deny the Holocaust. The Holocaust, anti-Zionism and
anti-Semitism seem to go hand in hand.
The thing that really bothered me is
this: A report by the U.K. Department for Education and Skills saying that
schools in England are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to
avoid offending Muslim pupils.
"Some teachers are reluctant to
cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include
Holocaust denial," is the reason given by the schools for dropping
the Holocaust from its curriculum.
These children are told at home or by
Muslim preachers that the Holocaust never happened, and teachers aren't
challenging that misinformation, they're caving in and keeping quiet so as
not to contradict the Muslim view which is based on lies.
Some English schools are also dropping
lessons on the Crusades. And again, not even for the poor excuse that such
teaching might cause social conflict, but rather because "lessons
often contradict what is taught in local mosques." The local mosques
teach and spread the lies and hatred and the English school system soaks
it up and caves in by not contradicting what the children learn at home.
The implications of the move the
English made are broad and frightening. That they can simply skip
some parts of history to please one group of people, a group that has
caused them so much trouble, can only have dire consequences for their
country. Also, ironically, such behavior reinforces racism, intolerance
and hatred in the name of political correctness which is supposed to
battle these very problems.
I think it's even more frightening that
the English populace gave in like sheep to slaughter. There were no riots
or mass protests to demand this rush to perpetuate and protect ignorance.
This is a preemptive surrender, offered before it was even demanded.
I guess it was "Fears [that] Muslim
pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in
class," as cited in press reports was the reason for the move. Is it
possible that the English feel their days of having any influence over the
Muslim students are over? That is quite a frightening thought.
The Muslims have been doing this
"Holocaust never happened" bit for quite a few years. Recently
the Palestinian Media Watch reported that the Palestinian Authority is
also systematically teaching its children to deny the Holocaust ever
The PA has handed out new 12th grade
textbooks which were written by the Center for Developing Palestinian
Curricula, an organization which is supported by foreign
funding and bears a special "thanks" to Belgium.
The new PA history books,
"History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century", makes
no mention of the Holocaust, though it includes comprehensive
information on the events of World War II - except those relating to Jews.
The new materials which will be used
to mold young PA Arab minds were found to indoctrinate the children
toward Jewish genocide, both ideologically and physically.
Former PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud A-Zahar, who is now a member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, was quoted recently in a Hamas
newspaper as saying, "Germany is imprisoned by a complex of the
so-called 'Holocaust' and they suffer from it."
is one thing, but the fact that any European country can deny the
Holocaust, especially England who suffered so much from WWII, is
appalling. Their taking part in this denial does not say much for the
English nor can it portend anything good.
cannot end well. It's not just that the schools, which are
entrusted with preserving democratic society by teaching democracy is
betraying our trust. There is something more than that. It's that history
is being dropped for fear of offending some students. History does count.
The famous quote is "If history isn't learned it's bound to be
repeated". I'm afraid that the European countries that bow to the
pressure not to teach history properly will end up learning the hard way.
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