VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS: Shrouded in fear

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VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS: Shrouded in fear

Concealing our national Holocaust memorial betrays its very purpose. Britain, we are better than this.

Hiding the UK’s Holocaust memorial under a plastic sheet out of fear it could be targeted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators last weekend was not just a security measure. It was a surrender. A national disgrace.

That wretched blue tarpaulin didn’t just cover stone and steel.

It didn’t just conceal the haunting quotation from the Book of Lamentation etched into its surface: “For these I weep. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people.”

No, it did something far more damaging.

It smothered the values we live by.

The late Holocaust survivor and double Olympian Sir Ben Helfgott receives his Pride of Britain award from Stephen Fry by the Holocaust Memorial in Hyde Park, London. Photo:Philip Coburn

The Hyde Park authorities likely felt they were doing the right thing by hiding the memorial following acts of vandalism on other national monuments.

The Rochdale war memorial was vandalised with the words “Free Palestine” before Remembrance Sunday, the Machine Gun Corps Memorial at Wellington Arch was draped in Palestinian flags and the Field Marshal Earl Haig statue on Whitehall spray-painted.

But by concealing our national Holocaust memorial, they betrayed its very purpose.

It isn’t just a monument. It’s a weapon against hate.

By hiding it, we disarm ourselves. We let evil win and allow the shouts of the wicked drown out the whispers of their victims.

Britain, we are better than this.

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