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Two-fifths think new Holocaust could happen in UK

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Mon Jan 22, 7:57 AM ET
LONDON (AFP) - Forty-one percent of Britons believe that an event like the Holocaust could happen in the country today, given the depth of intolerance and prejudice, according to a new survey.

Furthermore, 36 percent thought that most people would do nothing about it if it did happen, in a poll released ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday.
The YouGov poll of 2,400 Britons found that 50 percent did not know that as well as Jews, homosexuals, disabled people and the Roma community were also targeted by Nazi Germany.
A further 79 percent were unaware that black people were persecuted and killed under the Nazi regime in Germany, which ruled from 1933 to 1945.
The "alarming" results beg the question "have we really learnt anything from the genocides of our recent past?", said Stephen Smith, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chairman.
"With increasing levels of hate-crime, prejudice and ignorance towards those that are in some way different to ourselves, we really need to be vigilant in tackling prejudice and intolerance," he said.
"As genocides in Europe, Rwanda and Bosnia have shown, it doesn't take much to turn these negative conditions into something far more calamitous.
"We need to be constantly on our guard against this, which is why we are asking the public to show their support by lighting a candle to commemorate those killed in past genocides."
Holocaust Memorial Day, a day of remembrance across the world, marks the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
It will be marked in Britain at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, northeast England. The national commemoration was to remember victims of the Holocaust and genocides since such as Rwanda, Bosnia and the ongoing situation in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Auschwitz survivor Alex Ward said of the survey: "These statistics emphasise it is not just about remembering -- it is also about learning the lessons to ensure the horrific experiences my friends, family and I endured are not repeated."
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Thursday January 25, 10:43 PM
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Gun crime: Labour 'losing control'
Labour has been accused of losing control of gun crime as new figures show a sharp rise in armed robberies.
Guns were used in 4,120 robberies last year - a 10% jump - including a 9% rise to 1,439 in the number of street robberies where guns were used.
There was also a rapid and unexplained increase in the number of times householders were confronted in their own homes by armed criminals. Residential firearms robberies show a 46% leap, a record 645 cases in England and Wales - up 204 on the previous year and four times the level recorded in 2000-01.
The figures come a day after two men armed with a replica gun robbed a Home Office worker on his way home after sharing a curry with Home Secretary John Reid. The 29-year-old civil servant was making his way home in Beckenham, Kent, shortly before midnight when he was attacked.
A Met Police spokeswoman said the man's wallet and mobile phone were taken and confirmed that two teenage men remain in custody at a south London police station.
The Home Office report shows that handguns are the most commonly used firearm in robberies, reported in 2,888 cases.
Shadow home secretary David Davis said of the figures: "This shows Labour is losing control of gun crime across the board, whether it be on the street or in innocent people's homes.
"Gun crime is mainly fuelled by gang warfare and drug addiction, which is a consequence of Labour's failing drugs policy. It is exacerbated by our porous borders, which allow illegal weapons to flow into the country."
Home Office minister Tony McNulty said: "Firearm offences have fallen significantly, by 14% in the year up to September 2006, which amounts to 1,642 fewer incidents.
"While there is a small rise in residential firearm robberies, these account for a tiny proportion of recorded offences overall, although we recognise any firearm incident is traumatic for victims." He added: "We have some of the toughest firearm legislation in Europe."
old ad from American Rifleman around 1940's

those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it.
sadly this country is not far off. no shortage of absolutism in this country.
 

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British Dr's trying to rid pointy kitchen knives, Australia banning swords..
....... 8-O its getting wackier out there.......the Baltics proved that civiliztion is a thin vale that can get ripped away easily.........
 

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MrApathy I understand the Need!

Latest News in Tennessee..... I forgot the major news broadcaster which said it, stated that there is also a major need here. All types of guns are needed and should be sent to me at ........ write me @ [email protected] :D
 

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Not to be antisemetic or anti-Israel, but did anyone else notice that this and the recent finding of Anne Frank's father's letters happened the same week France was hosting a huge fund raiser for Lebanon to repair the damage done by Israel during the brief conflict there last year?

All these nations meeting in France talking about the poor people in Lebanon (terrorist and all) when all the sudden out of left field come these things? Makes ya wonder.

I think Israel uses the Holocaust sometimes as a trump card to play when things aren't going their way in world opinion.

Like "Ya, we had to defend ourselves from terrorist attacks...wait, you don't like that reason? Well, Jews died in the Holocaust we need our own space. Game, set, match."
 
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