One item of news this past week in the Jewish Chronicle and on ITV was the announcement that David Cameron’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation has commissioned a Bafta-winning film company to record the testimonies of Jewish survivors who escaped to Britain during or after WW2.
September 2013, David Cameron announced the creation of a ‘cross party’ Holocaust Commission whose job it would be to deliver recommendations on “ what more needs to be done to ensure Britain has a permanent and fitting memorial and the educational resources needed for generations to come.” The Commission is chaired by Britain’s most powerful Jew and – as befittingly titled by the Jewish Chronicle -‘boss in town’ Mick ‘miner’ Davis, and declares to provide as part of its mission
factual information about what happened, linked to other resources which already provide critical information and education
and to convey
the enormity of the Holocaust and its impact; in particular the loss to mankind of the destruction of European Jewry
… whatever that means.
Jewish Chronicle contributor Geoffrey Alderman already expressed several noteworthy reservations in an opinion piece published February 2014 :
I’m all in favour of Holocaust education. But, unless I’m much mistaken, the Holocaust is already part of the national curriculum. It hardly needs a Downing Street commission to press home the point, does it?
Despite Alderman’s protestations and a plethora of memorials and organisations which already exist (including Holocaust Educational Trust, the National Holocaust Centre and even a Department of Education-funded UCL masters qualification in Holocaust Education) it would appear that the new project is forging ahead, nicely aided by £50m of funding as promised by the Prime Minister.
If I’d opted to stay at my desk rather than choosing the sofa in preparation to watch Ken Livingstone on BBC Question Time, I wouldn’t have seen the short segment on ITV news: clips of testimonials interspersed with the usual dread-laden voiceover from a ‘journalist’ readily associating misleading terms such as ‘death camp’ with Bergen-Belsen. The coverage is further (dis)graced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky’s ‘Never again’ pathos, failing to point out that the same issues which caused the Holocaust in the first place have been happening ever since in occupied Palestine.
Why there is nothing about this story elsewhere in the press is a mystery, although further announcements regarding UKHMF are expected early 2016, possibly to include building plans for the foundation’s forthcoming ‘education’ centre. The Imperial War Museum is one of the contenders as well as other sites along the Thames. The first person to perform a quenelle outside the new premises should definitely be nominated for both the Quenelle d’Or and Faurisson Trophy awards.
Speaking of quenelles, Dieudonné announced in a new video yesterday that his lawyers have managed to secure a 27,000 euro subsidy from the French Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin. This news will no doubt displease Dieudo’s detractors, in particular Belgian Jewish associations who were shouting victory in reports of a three-month jail sentence handed to the comedian earlier this week.
Crucify him !
Press treatment of Dieudonné in France bears several extraordinary similarities to that meted out in the UK towards Jeremy Corbyn: accusations of anti-Semitism (when the ‘offence’ is in fact anti-Zionism) and allegations of being an apologist for ‘terrorism’ abound in regard to both men. As with the French (and now international) press’ attitude towards Dieudonné, UK pundits’ muckraking on the subject of Corbyn and his supporters is rather like watching a re-enactment of parts of the New Testament, coordinated amongst others by The Guardian’s Jonathan Freeland, The Times’ Oliver Kamm and the Jewish Chronicle’s Stephen Pollard.
Here, I’d like to refer to the blog post I wrote earlier this week which shows Pollard and Kamm using info from an anonymous Twitter troll in order to force left-wing, veteran Labour MP for Newport, Paul Flynn, to delete a retweet. The scandal was centred around the Sun newspaper’s shoddy poll which alleged that one in five British Muslims were sympathetic towards jihadis. For some reason, after deleting his RT, Flynn decided to block Kamm. Here’s Kamm’s reaction :
The result of Kamm’s threat is best seen in The Huff Post’s publication last Friday, November 27, of yet another Corbyn smear piece featuring – yes, you’ve guessed it – Paul Flynn as Judas. Does the amount of muck being raked by neocons against Corbyn (and against shadow chancellor John McDonnell) suggest that there’s an even greater mountain of dirt hidden behind all the smearing and faux-disdain? What to think of Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard’s friend and fellow columnist Jonathan Hoffman’s links to far right neo-Nazi EDL and the outlawed JDL Jewish terrorist org?
With Blairites like Kamm and Freedland on board, UK mainstream media’s CrucifyCorbyn™ campaign thinks it can go ahead full steam, seemingly ignorant of the fact that its MO is now completely transparent to a general public more aware than ever before, mainly thanks to the Internet and sharing of information via modern pioneers such as Dieudonné, Gilad Atzmon and David Icke.
As expected, press double standards will persist and a new, totally unnecessary and hideously expensive Holocaust education centre will be inaugurated to the sound of mass weeping, inappropriate use of non-factual evidence by journalists and pathos gushing forth from TV presenters in order to ensure that nice fat pay check keeps on coming.
Once the centre is open, government funding will no doubt be available to subsidise school trips. I imagine there’ll be a coffee area and gift shop selling books and mass-produced memorabilia. Would it be worth the Holocaust Commission considering the possibility of a ‘Holocaust revisionism‘ section either inside the centre itself or, discreetly, on a lower shelf in the gift shop book section (perhaps next to the new edition of Anne Frank’s Diary now Anne & Otto Frank and possibly several other people’s Diary?) After all, revisionism is a booming online grassroots industry and, as we all know, there’s no business like Shoah business.