On Thursday Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, spoke out against anti-immigrant populism, which has recently swept the world, insisting that it has “deeply disturbing echoes” of the Jews persecution by the Nazis during World War 2.
Eldest son of the queen, Prince Charles of Wales, told BBC Radio 4‘s breakfast news show Today that his parent’s generation:
‘fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.’
‘That nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution is to me beyond all belief. We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past.’
Prince Charles made the statement as a guest contributor for a scripted monologue called “Thought for the Day.” His focus was to urge those listening to embrace compassion, especially when it comes to immigrants and refugees. According to the United Nations, an estimated 65.3 million people globally have been forced to abandon their homes.
Prince Charles continued:
‘We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echos of the dark days of the 1930s.’
Prince Charles did not directly name any particular politician or group but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he’s likely referring to anti-immigrant populism that has spread like wildfire due to Trump’s campaign and eventual election as well as the Brexit campaign in Great Britain.
Both of those wins, in America and Great Britain, seem to have encouraged far-right groups. According to government figures, incidents of religious or racist abuse have risen 41 percent in England and Wales and that was only in the first month after the Brexit vote.
In an effort to try and bring listeners together Prince Charles continued:
‘I wonder if this year we might remember how the story of the Nativity unfolds with the fleeing of the holy family to escape violent persecution. And we might also remember that when the prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina he did so because he too was seeking the freedom for himself and his followers to worship.’
Well, said. If only more world leaders shared his mentality.
You can watch Prince Charles full message of peace and acceptance in the video below:
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