Jews got theirs, we want ours
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The recent death of Elie Wiesel, a Jew who was rescued from a concentration camp and went on to win a Nobel Prize, brings again into sharp focus the cause of my people.
Mr Wiesel and his fellow Jews from the Holocaust have made sure that they not only got reparations from the Germans with the help of our former colonial masters, the UK, but they have kept the sad history of genocide on the front burner for generations.
Indeed, the Holocaust has cast a long shadow over Germany. That is precisely because the survivors, their descendants and other Jews have been keeping the world's memory refreshed at every opportunity.
The Israelis were even allowed to go after persons they thought we involved in the oppression and bring them back to Israel to face justice.
We still fail to firmly demand reparations from the UK because we have been made to think that slavery was a mild system and it was for our good.
I will not stop batting for reparations from the United Kingdom and will keep the fire burning against injustice, bigotry, 'the me better than you syndrome', just like Elie Wiesel until the day I die.