The BBC asked a big question today on their Twitter forum. Sounds important, doesn’t it?
Their question was this: "Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest?"
What can you say, except for #noclassBecause tomorrow is International Holocaust Day – the day where the world commemorates the victims of the Holocaust, including the murder of 6 million Jews, or at least that’s the idea. But it seems the BBC think it’s a little too much for their sensitive hearts to bare. You see, the day is supposed to be about all victims of the Holocaust, yet something tells me the BBC wasn’t referring to the gay people or the mentally disabled people when they put out their callous statement.In a country built on pomp and ceremony, with traditions that go back many hundreds of years like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the BBC somehow feel that an event that is a mere 70 years old is nevertheless far too old to keep commemorating.And really – why should they commemorate it? It’s so much easier to fit in with their pre-disposed “narrative” to portray the Jews as the bad guys, if they aren’t reminded of it constantly. For instance, when a Jewish lady was being interviewed by BBC reporter Tim Willcox in the wake of the terror unleashed there – including the targeting killings of Jews at a Jewish supermarket, he brazenly suggested to her the following, “Many critics of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.” Um, excuse me? So in other words, while Paris burns, and Jews die – a BBC reporter tries to link the Islamic terrorism with “Jewish hands.” And why would you want to be reminded of such atrocities against Jews when a BBC reporter reports how she started to cry as Yasser Arafat’s body was carried away – the same Yasser Arafat responsible for the murder of so many Jews.But you see, I’m part of a people that do remember things. And I’m part of a people that commemorate events that happened to us a lot longer than 70 years ago. So my response to the BBC’s BIG QUESTION forum would be this: Is the time coming to lay the BBC to rest?The lessons of the Holocaust have not been learnt. All around us today – genocide is happening. In Africa, it continues unabated. In Syria, it shows no signs of slowing down. And one does not even have to imagine the horror the Islamic State would unleash should they gain more power.And so as the years draw further away from the Holocaust, and as the last of the survivors leave this earth, and as Holocaust denial increases, and as anti-Semitism rages in many parts of the world, I know that my weapon against this ignorance and hatred is always going to be the memory of my people and the undeniable knowledge and evidence of what happened. There will always be those that deny the Holocaust happened, or would prefer to place it on a dusty shelf of a library that no one visits. And as inconvenient as it might be to the BBC’s sensitivities and the BBC’s “narrative”, I know that it’s my responsibility to make sure that horrific period in both our Jewish history and the world’s history is always known. Twitter may limit you to 140 characters, but in BBC’s insensitive and callous tweet, they have said a whole lot more.