Readers' blog: Human rights abuses began before the Holocaust

Corralling people into concentration camps and abusing their human rights neither began nor ended with the Holocaust.

Readers' blog: Human rights abuses began before the Holocaust

Corralling people into concentration camps and abusing their human rights neither began nor ended with the Holocaust. 

Britain was guilty of this during the Boer War, the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, internment in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, and many of the most powerful states in the world have done likewise, before, during and after the Second World War.

The Holocaust perpetrated against European Jews was by far the most serious and most unjustified crime against humanity so far. This makes it difficult to understand how the Israeli government could even consider, let alone perpetrate, the human rights abuses that are now occurring almost daily against Palestinians.

The colonisation of large portions of Palestine, including the forceful expulsion of Palestinians from their lands and villages, resulting in the establishment of an apartheid state of Israel is also one of the root causes of the catastrophe. Gaza is now the largest concentration camp in the world and this is absolutely unacceptable.

The white racist South African apartheid government was perpetrating similar abuses against the majority of its people, until international sanctions forced it to abandon apartheid. It’s now time that the international community, especially Ireland and the EU, took effective actions to end the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Edward Horgan

Castletroy

Limerick

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