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Arad on controversial Holocaust Memorial: ‘There couldn’t be a more appropriate site’


Let me know when a memorial is built in the UK to commemorate the victims of British imperial crimes. It's so much easier to commemorate the crimes of others isn't it? But the millions of nameless faceless Indians, Sudanese, Irish, Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghans, Australians, South Africans, Kenyans, and native Americans - no one could give a damn about them. The atrocities and massacres aren't even taught in schools, let alone commemorated with multi-million pound memorials. What are the chances that we get a memorial for Bloody Sunday? Or profiting off of both the Irish potato famine and the Bengal famine? How about we get this quote on a plaque in front of Westminster? "...running over an Arab is the same as a dog in England except we do not report it." - British soldier in Palestine quoted in The Banality of Brutality: British Armed Forces and the Repression of the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936-39, by Matthew Hughes And how many of Britain's imperial shenanigans are still ongoing conflicts today? Destroying Iranian democracy in 1953, colonising Palestine and signing the Balfour Declaration, ignoring Kurdish claims to nationhood during Sykes-Picot or the Treaty of Sevres, joining north and south Sudan into a single state, Kashmir, monetarily and militarily supporting Ibn Saud to create a Wahhabi state in Arabia, etc. etc. etc. Take your pick.

Posted date

5 June, 2019

Posted time

9:11 am