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Muslims vote on HMD

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2007-01-02

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

Formal involvement in Holocaust Memorial Day from the Muslim Council of Britain may take place later this month following the organisation holding a meeting in December to discuss the issue.

Since 2001, when Holocaust Memorial Day started, the organisation that represents Britain's Muslim community has boycotted the day in which it claims is not inclusive enough to other people who have suffered genocide. 

But on it's website, the MCB said in a statement: "MCB's elected Central Working Committee discussed whether or not to accept the invitation to this year's Holocaust Memorial Day. A vote was held and it was decided to undertake a wider consultation of British Muslims on this issue."

In October, without specifically naming the MCB, Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly said: "I can’t help wondering why those in leadership positions who say they want to achieve religious tolerance and a cohesive society would choose to boycott an event which marks, above all, our common humanity and respect for each other."

This year's Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January with its main national event in Newcastle upon Tyne under the theme The Dignity of Difference.