Sadiq Khan said of the Texas Synagogue hostage incident earlier this month, “I can understand the horror ripples that Jews around the world feel.”
Khan spoke to Jewish news on Monday when he attended the Holocaust Memorial at the Imperial War Museum, talking about his dislike of the actions of Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen armed with a pistol. Four people, including Rabbi, were taken hostage during the Sabbath service at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, USA.
He added that “anti-Semitism” remains “the oldest hatred in the world.”
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The mayor, who is practicing Islam, describes Akram’s actions when he traveled from his home in Blackburn, Lancashire to commit a crime. , Crime – and he doesn’t speak for Muslims. “
Radicals in the Jewish community were asked about attempts to use an incident like Texas to initiate widespread criticism of Islam. “We need to be very careful that acts like Texas allow us to divide us as a community.”
“In reality, when I’m in the synagogue, I have much more in common with the people inside than many non-Jewish friends who are elsewhere outside the synagogue.
“Fear of people, fear of” others “is very easy. “
The Mayor of London toured the current acclaimed Holocaust exhibitions and museums with Holocaust Gallery content leader James Balgin, Holocaust Education Trust Chief Karen Pollock CBE, and Olivia Marks. I was talking shortly afterwards-Woldman OBE, Chief Officer of the Holocaust Remembrance Day Trust.
Kahn describes this exhibition, which examines the relationship between the Holocaust and the course and outcome of World War II, as “emotional, painful, upset, and very important because it brings the Holocaust’s horror to life. I explained.
He added: “It is very important that you have from these perspectives. You are telling a Jewish story from a Jewish perspective.
“Pre-Holocaust Jewish photos and videos remind us of how normal these families were.
“Their lives have changed forever. Then you go to the Nazi section, and again you realize that these were humans.
“It reminds you that you must not forgive the Holocaust by talking about industrial-scale murder.
“What you see here is how the Nazis have risen. And why is it really important for you to punch out the word diving community at the source?
“If you’re not careful, it can lead to all sorts of atrocities.”
Kahn then spoke at the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the Museum. This happened before Thursday’s official anniversary.
He reiterated his message about understanding the horrors that the Texas synagogue incident caused to the Jewish community around the world.
The service, screened online, includes personal testimony and commitment statements from Holocaust survivor Stephen Frank BEM and Rwandan genocide survivor Eric Muranwa Eugene MBE. It also included reflections from the Trust Ambassadors.
Emmanuel Bach, a violinist at the Jewish Institute of Music, has started and ended the service.
Prior to the ceremony, the Mayor of London was the Holocaust survivors themselves, John Haju MBE, a survivor of the Nazi invasion of Hungary, Stephen Frank, a Dutch Jew who survived the Teresienstadt camp, and Jan, a Polish-born Jew.・ I also talked to Imic.
Khan was shown a teddy bear and a yellow star by the survivors. Since the advent of the Nazi terrorist machine, I have personal memories.
At the ceremony, Karen Pollock gave a moving speech about this year’s HMD theme, “One Day.”
Pollock read aloud some of the experiences of Jewish children when the Nazis came to power.
The One Day for HMD theme brings together people about the Holocaust and genocide that continued in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, and hopes that one day there will be a future free of such atrocities.