The Holocaust was one of the most horrific episodes in human history and the effects it had still resonate today. On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember and honour the memories of the six million Jewish people and countless others who fell victim to this dark episode of our history.
With a huge spike in cases of Antisemitism now more than ever, we must reflect on the tragedy of the Holocaust and learn the lessons of history. The politics of division fear and blame have no place in our society. Dog-whistle politics, which aims to blame all of society’s problems on a group of people, is something we should never tolerate.
Politicians on all sides of the political spectrum have a moral responsibility to stand up to this hateful and divisive rhetoric wherever it is present, whether that be at home or abroad.
I firmly believe that everyone has the right to live their lives free from ignorance, conformity and abuse simply for being who they are. That is why all parties need to take a cold hard look at themselves and ask "are we doing enough to tackle anti-semitism?" and, if the answer is no, they need to act and show real leadership on this issue.
On today of all days, we need to come together and strengthen our resolve to work towards creating a more open and tolerant world. A world free from all forms of hate, discrimination and persecution on the basis of race or religion.