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03/11/04
IRA Auschwitz trip insult

Leading Sinn Fein members Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly will remember victims of the Nazi Holocaust during a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp today. Sinn Fein has absolutely no scruples when it comes to conveniently forgetting the violent genocidal history of the Irish republican movement and hypocritically focusing, with pious platitudes, on horrendous crimes committed in other parts of the world. The latest exercise in rank hypocrisy by Sinn Fein is a planned visit today by Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland to remember Jewish victims of the Holocaust during the Second World War.

The number of casualties in the Northern Ireland Troubles was on a much smaller scale than what happened at Auschwitz, but the pain and suffering in this society was and still is palpable. It can not be forgotten that the Provisional IRA which Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly's party is the political front for was responsible for the vast majority of deaths of innocent people, and serious injury to thousands more.

Sinn Fein leaders may, with cold-hearted cynicism, prefer to turn a blind eye to terrible IRA atrocities such as Tullyvallen, Bloody Friday, Kingsmill, La Mon House, Enniskillen and Shankill, but the victims and decent law-abiding people in Northern Ireland do not forget.

As victims of terrorism we find this trip to Auschwitz both nauseating and insulting to the families of the innocent victims of their barbaric terrorism they continue to persecute back home. We have been in touch with a number of Israeli and Jewish groups about this and their response is that they do not want these people to have any association with holocaust victims, seeing them as no different from the Nazis.

We will be contacting Jewish groups in Northern Ireland about this as a follow up to our recent Israel trip, and will be asking them why IRA terror representatives have been invited to Auschwitz given their opposition to Israelís right to exist, their support for the current intifada and the training and support they have given to Palestinian terror groups such as PLO and Hamas, not to mention their historic alignment with Nazis Germany during WW2.

 



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