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Leaders and survivors gather at Auschwitz

‘This must not happen again’

The Holocaust was an utterly repulsive event, and I don’t think that anyone living now could ever be accused of even considering anything remotely similar today.

But it concerns me that the seeds of the institutionalised and popular Anti-Semitism that fueled the processes that lead up to the Holocaust seem to be being planted once more in the USA – though this time, involving Muslims rather than Jews. I don’t even begin to suggest that the murder of Muslims for their religion has ever crossed George Bush’s mind, but I do wonder whether the Holocaust taught the Americans anything.

Racial profiling may not involve killing people because of their race, but the idea behind it suggests that there is an inherently different morality according to race – and doesn’t that feel like the very early beginnings of something we’ve heard before?

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