DAY 162: Holocaust?

February 3rd, 2016 § 0 comments

About a week ago, Izzy Ellis got me thinking IMG_0228with this thought:

‘Today is National Holocaust Memorial Day.

‘Today instead of saying ‘’never again’’, take a look at the refugee crisis, read some of the stories of people who have been forced into this horrifying reality and consider some of the eerie similarities to the very event we are supposed to be remembering.

Today, David Cameron referred to some of the people living in utterly disgraceful conditions on the doorstep of Britain as a ‘’bunch of migrants’’, in the most derogatory and damning tone.

Today, all around Europe refugees are being detained, forced to attend discriminatory classes, abused and beaten and having valuables taken from them.

Rather than repeating ‘’never again’’, please I beg you, take action and help our brothers and sisters who would undoubtedly do the same for us.

‘’Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.’’
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner.”

Two situations are never precisely parallel. Today isn’t Nazi Germany and the unending sequence of deaths of refugees which appear on our screens is not the Holocaust (these days mainly commemorated by Zionists in the hope that they can perpetuate the myth that Israel, with its huge army, is under threat of annihilation).  But today we stand by while thousands of people drown in the sea, freeze through the cold nights and experience shocking brutality, violence and repeated breaches of their human rights. It’s time to start asking why. Why is the world – or rather, most of Europe –  watching, ignoring and acting as if this is okay? There are (at present) said to be a million refugees, not six million – the usual figure for deaths in the Nazi Holocaust. The leaders of the EU are not pursuing a policy of deliberate murder; but that’s about the best that can be said for them. As Arthur Hugh Clough put it:

‘Thou shouldst not kill: but needst not strive

Officiously to keep alive’.

What is most horrifying is that the people of Europe are encouraged, by their rulers, to think of refugees as less than human, deserving no rights, indeed a threat, the enemy at our borders – rather than our fellow-humans who deserve our sympathy and who can give to us as much as we can give to them. And we know where that kind of thinking leads.

We’ve seen a small but significant result it the last two days at Calais (sorry, them again); where, after persuading the volunteers’ organizations to act rapidly so as to clear a sizeable section of the camp with the aim of installing the new ‘container accommodation’, the bulldozers moved in unexpectedly on a further section including a church and mosque. Police had given little notice of their plans to demolish the religious buildings which have been a feature of the camp..France Migrant Camp

Reverend Teferi Shuremo holds a cross and watches as a makeshift church is destroyed at a migrant camp in Calais, France

Four shelters around St Michael’s, the main church, were also demolished, but for the moment that church remains standing.

“It’s not the most famous church, St Michaels, it’s the second church, which is the more Pentecostal charismatic church [which was demolished],” Caroline Gregory from Christians for Calais told Premier.

Caroline Gregory

Ms Gregory, who has been working in the camp for some time, said: “We don’t know why. We had a verbal agreement with them that they wouldn’t touch any churches or mosques.

“I believe it’s just part of what’s happening anyway which is the gradual destroying of the camp and pushing everyone inwards.”

I see Calais – because I can; it’s near, I can visit it often, I do what I can to help; and I have the spare time. And I urge you, if you can, to see it now because there are plans to make it disappear wholesale – and the destruction of the church is simply a visible symptom of this. And what is to become of the people? Indeed, all over Europe, the rulers plan, or hope, that in some way they can make the ‘problem’ of refugees go away. With generosity, goodwill, and a little money, it could be easy to accommodate these people; but none of these are forthcoming.Yes, to talk of a literal ‘Holocaust’ is

belsenBelsen 1945

nonsense, but much of Europe wishes that these Syrians, Afghans, Kurds, Eritreans and others who have appeared within their borders should simply become lost, annihilated – and we will have failed to notice.

We’ve been here before, as is often said. In 1939, the Nazi government allowed Jews to leave if they were accepted by other countries – but they rarely were. Strict quotas implied that (for example) by the end of June 309000 Jews had applied for 27000 places. We know what happened to the rest.

And what, in our rulers’ imagination, is to become of those refugees who do not fall into the tiny number they can ‘accommodate’? They prefer to be silent; and their silence is complicity.

Of course some of us are on the counter-offensive- but with what resources? Shakspeare’s ‘Globe’ today performed Hamlet, in freezing 1364038004915temperatures to enthusiastic audiences of refugees in the ‘Jungle’. Indeed:

How all occasions do inform against me,
And spur my dull revenge! What is a man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.
Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and god-like reason
To fust in us unused.

Whatever that means.

this new track (Logic/ Mighty Moe/ Maverick Saber) says it all about aliens…. If only.

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