Where's My Parade Iqbal?
British Muslims are to boycott this week’s commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz because they claim it is not racially inclusive and does not commemorate the victims of the Palestinian conflict.
I'm going to repeat that for those who still haven't had their morning coffee. It does not commemorate the victims of the Palestinian conflict. (I assume they mean the Arab victims of Israel, not Arab victims of Arabs or the Israeli victims of Arabs.)
More to the point, whaat? What does a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz have to do with violence in the West Bank and Gaza? Ummm, nothing.
And the boycott is not from a fringe group. The Muslim Council of Britain represents more the 350 Muslim organizations. Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary-general of the Council, wrote to the U.K. Home Office, "We said the issue of the Holocaust is not really the concern. But we have now expressed our unwillingness to attend the ceremony because it excludes ongoing genocide and human rights abuses around the world and in the occupied territories of Palestine."
What do you say to that? The irrationality is piled so thick that no arguement can cut through it. So every celebration or commemoration held on British soil must have some reference to the West Bank?
This is Palestinianism - the theological belief in the centrality of Arab victimization in human history and the superiority of Arab suffering over all others, as long as the Arabs are victimized and suffer at the hands of non-Arabs. It's a form of Arab cultural superiority. Remember that most Muslims are not Arabs. As bad as anyone may think the Gazan Arabs have suffered since 1967, is it demonstrably worse than Muslims in Bangladesh? In Chad? In Iraq under Sadddam? The 300,000 plus dead in the Baathist mass graces were entirely Arab Muslims. Is the Muslim Council of Britain commemorating them? The Syrian military killed 20,000 in Hama when they leveled the city with artillary. That's more Muslims killed in one event than have died in both intifadas combined over a total of ten years or more. More dead by a factor of what, 10, 15? According to the U.N., the "geneocide" in Jenin killed 52 people more than have of then combatants. Indeed many or even most of the casualties in the West Bank and Gaza have been combatants.
How is any of this remotely comparable to the Holocaust? Shit by the Council's logic I want a ceremony to commemorate the time I got beat up in the 7th grade. Where's my fucking parade Iqbal?