The award for most cynical Nazi analogy in a Guardian story goes to…

…a Muslim citizen of the UK, named Kenza Drider, as quoted by the Guardian.

Kenza Drider

Drider, per a Guardian report by Angelique Chrisafis (the Guardian’s Paris correspondent), “France’s burqa ban: women are ‘effectively under house arrest“, said, regarding France’s ban on the burqa, the following:

“I feel that I now know what Jewish women went through before the Nazi roundups in France. When they went out in the street they were identified, singled out, they were vilified. Now that’s happening to us.”

The appalling cynicism of such a comparison is beyond belief.

No, Ms. Drider doesn’t know what Jewish women went through.

Such Jews weren’t merely “singled out” for their religious customs.

They were rounded up, be they religious or secular – due to the fact that their mere existence as a people was deemed a threat to the world – and transported to extermination camps. 

The argument that the ban on the burqa (whatever the law’s merits) represents, as Chrisafis put it, an “increased mood of anti-Muslim discrimination”, is, in itself, highly debatable.

But, to suggest that it is a precursor to genocide makes a mockery of the word and represents yet another callous abuse of Holocaust memory.

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