MP Peter Grant Pledges To Stand Against Trump’s Nazi-Like Persecutions

Scots Against Trump

Peter Grant, a member of the British Parliament from Glenrothes in Scotland, stood in the House of Commons yesterday and pledged his allegiance with those who are being persecuted by Donald Trump. Grant declared, “There are similarities between how Trump has been talking about Muslims for years and how others talked about Jews in the 1930s. If those similarities are not clear enough for anyone in here to understand, they should ​not be involved in politics at this or any other level. I found the comments of the hon. Member for Bradford West immensely powerful and I want to say something in response to her quote. They came for the Muslims, and I am not a Muslim. They will come for Jews, and I am not Jew. They will come for the gays, and I am not a gay. They will come for the Mexicans, and I am not a Mexican. But, by God, I will speak up and I will join, hand in hand, with the thousands who are in Whitehall right now and in towns and cities the length and breadth of these islands and across the world.

America is our friend, but Donald Trump will never be my friend unless he mends his ways enormously. Friends sometimes do things that are so abominable that we have to say, “You stop that right now or our friendship is over.” We have to ask the Government what is the price of the continued friendship. If we are not prepared to stop that friendship now, how far down the slippery slope does he have to take us before we say, “No more”? If we go too far, it will be too late to stop. Last week at Prime Minister’s questions, I quoted prose by Robert Burns, but I never thought I would have to quote the same words again. He said that that whatever damages society, or any least part of it, “this is my measure of iniquity.” This is an iniquitous action by an iniquitous President, and I will never cease to speak out against it.”

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Refugee From Nazi Germany Signs Petition To Bar Donald Trump From Visiting UK

Parliament Against Trump

Yesterday, Ruth Cadbury, a member of the British House of Commons from Brentford and Isleworth spoke of the testimony of Susie Barnett, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Cadbury told her colleagues in Parliament, “Speakers at Hounslow’s civic commemoration of the holocaust this morning reminded us of the importance of compassion and refuge in the face of hate. Council leader Councillor Steve Curran celebrated the diversity of the people in that room—people from all backgrounds from all over the world—and made the link between Hounslow welcoming people in the room and all the people who live in Hounslow now from all over the world. They have included Sir Mo Farah, who arrived and was welcomed in Hounslow aged eight in about 1990.

We also heard from Susie Barnett, who was born in 1938 in Hamburg. She told us of her family’s moving and incredible story, of fleeing the hate and discrimination of Nazi Germany at the end of 1930s and arriving separately in the UK as refugees. That family story of personal relationships and tragedy brought home to us the link between world events and what happens to families and ordinary people in these circumstances.

After the service this morning, I thanked Susie for her moving story and was able to tell her about the petition demanding that the invitation to President Trump be withdrawn. I told her that while she was speaking the tally on that petition tipped over the 1 million mark. She said, “Right, when I get home this afternoon, I am going to sign it.” That petition is still being signed at the rate of 10 signatures every second, and by the end of this evening the figure could hit 1.5 million.

My right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) referred to the rules on movement and the safety of refugees that emerged from the ashes of world war two. The President of the United States is trying to rewrite these rules. He is fuelling fears, and a local Muslim activist phoned me this morning worrying about the implications of the feelings that President Trump is spreading in the US: what will that mean for the Muslim community here in the UK and in Hounslow?

The Executive order was directed at Muslims and at refugees, but the President is also effectively demonising many others—Mexicans, women, refugees from all over the world and now, we hear today, green activists, who among other things are trying to save the American bald eagle, symbol of the United States. We have to stand up against this prejudice, before it leads to mass injustice.”

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British MP Naz Shah Likens Trump Muslim Ban To Beginning of Nazi Persecution

British Parliament MP Shah

Naz Shah, a member of the British House of Parliament, spoke yesterday during a debate on a measure that would ban Donald Trump from coming to the United Kingdom for a state visit. The measure was considered in response to Trump’s establishment of a travel ban targeting Muslims that has left tens of thousands of travelers stranded or detained around the world.

Shah noted the similarities of Trump’s actions to the Nazi path to genocide. She commented: “I will start by sharing an experience from this weekend, when I hosted the Jewish Board of Deputies in my office in Bradford. I shared with them a publication from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, “Path to Genocide”, which sets out the stages along that path. In stage 1, “classification”:

“The differences between people are not respected. There’s a division of ‘us’ and ‘them’. This can be carried out through the use of stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different.”

Stage 2 is “a visual manifestation of hatred. Jews in Nazi occupied Europe were forced to wear yellow stars to show that they were ‘different’.”

In stage 4, “dehumanisation”: “Those who are perceived as ‘different’ are treated with no form of human right or personal dignity. During the Genocide in Rwanda, Tutsis were referred to as ‘cockroaches’; the Nazis referred to Jews as ‘vermin’.”

This weekend, I went to the Holocaust memorial service at Bradford cathedral. Rudi Leavor, who leads the Bradford synagogue, shared his story of how he fled Nazi Germany. His father, who was a dentist, took the family away and they fled persecution. As they left on the train, they saw a family on the platform who were the last to wave them off; that family did not survive.

For me, the matter is very personal. It is personal because if my daughter decides to wear a hijab, what are the chances of her not being persecuted? We have seen videos and read news reports of hijabs being ripped off and of women being thrown down steps just because of what they are wearing, and here is the so-called leader of the free world telling us that it is okay to ban Muslims. Donald John Trump says that he is tackling terrorism with his Executive order, but the fact is that the chance of being murdered in the US in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee is one in 3.64 billion each year. More people have been killed in America by gun crime than by people from the countries that have been banned. If the President really wants to save Americans from death, he needs to look at gun crime.”

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British Parliament Remembers WWII And Compares Trump To Hitler

UK Parliament Dennis Skinner

Today, the Parliament of the United Kingdom considered a measure that would ban Donald Trump from visiting the country. The move comes in response to an executive order imposed by Trump that has stranded 20,000 people in just the first few days of its implementation, and led to havoc in airports around the world. The executive order is a travel ban targeting Muslims, and is intended, according to Trump himself, to grant special government privileges to Christians. Such government preference for one religion over another is in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the highest law in the USA.

Dennis Skinner, a member of Parliament representing Bolsover, urged his colleagues to pass the ban against a visit by Trump. Remembering his own experiences during World War II, Skinner said, “Will the Foreign Secretary just for a moment try to recall, along with me, as I hid underneath the stairs when two fascist dictators, Mussolini and Hitler, were raining bombs on towns and cities in Britain. Now this Government are hand-in-hand with another fascist: Trump. And what I say to him: Do the decent thing and ban the visit. This man is not fit to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela.”

Skinner’s colleague, Yvette Cooper, supported his comments, telling the House of Commons, “This order was signed on Holocaust Memorial Day. For the sake of history, for heaven’s sake have the guts to speak out!”

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