On January 27th, 2005, when others were commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Muslim Council of Britain abstained.
At the time, George Mason University’s History News Network website posted this from writer Melanie Phillips:
Countries around the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz yesterday – but the Muslim Council of Britain did not take part in the commemorations for reasons that belie an underlying anti-Semitism. The Muslim Council of Britain did not attend Britain’s Auschwitz commemoration in Westminster Hall, because, according to its Secretary-General Iqbal Sacranie, the event excluded “ongoing genocide and human rights abuses around the world and in the occupied territories of Palestine.”
Basic decency, fellow-feeling, and shared humanity would have suggested that someone within the Muslim British Council could have attended.
It was a hurtful, callous gesture.
Muslim anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial (or indifference) is a sobering contemporary phenomenon, and its implications need greater discussion.