#1 Suella Braverman faces backlash over controversial ‘invasion’ rhetoric

Overview of the incident involving Suella Braverman and Holocaust survivor Joan Salter

Suella Braverman, the new UK Home Secretary, has refused to apologize for her language after a Holocaust survivor told her that her description of migrants as an “invasion” was similar to the rhetoric used by the Nazis to justify the murder of her family. The exchange took place during a meeting in Suella Braverman’s Fareham constituency in Hampshire on Friday evening.

Comparison of Braverman’s language to that used by the Nazis during the Second World War

Joan Salter, 83, who has been recognized with an MBE for her work on Holocaust education, likened Suella Braverman’s rhetoric on migrants attempting to cross the Channel to that used by the Nazis during the Second World War. In footage of the exchange, provided by the charity Freedom From Torture, Salter said: “I am a child survivor of the Holocaust. When I hear you using words against refugees like ‘swarms’ and an ‘invasion’, I am reminded of the language used to dehumanize and justify the murder of my family and millions of others. Why do you find the need to use that kind of language?”

Joan Salter’s Testimony

Suella Braverman thanked Salter for her question, and said that she “shared a huge amount of concern and sympathy” over the “challenge” of illegal immigration. She added that her own parents were not born in Britain. Speaking about her parents, Suella Braverman said: “They owe everything to this country and they have taught me a deep and profound love of Britain and British people. Their tolerance, their generosity, their decency, their fair play. That also means that we must not shy away from saying there is a problem. There is a huge problem that we have right now when it comes to illegal migration, the scale of which we have not known before.”

Braverman’s Response

Suella Braverman went on to say that she won’t apologize for the language that she has used to demonstrate the scale of the problem. She stated that she sees her job as being honest with the British people and honest for the British people. She added that she’s not going to shy away from difficult truths nor is she going to conceal what is the reality that we are all watching.

Suella Braverman’s answer was greeted with applause from the audience. Born Fanny Zimetbaum in Brussels in 1940 to Polish Jewish parents, Salter was three months old when Belgium was invaded by the Nazis. After the invasion, she escaped to France with her mother and sister before being taken by the Red Cross to the US in 1943. Salter remained in foster care in the US until being reunited with her parents in 1947 in London, where she has lived since.

It is worth noting that Suella Braverman had referred to her job as being “about stopping the invasion on our southern coast” less than a week into her tenure as home secretary under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Additionally, Braverman had previously held the post under Liz Truss from September 6th until October 19th, when she resigned for breaching the ministerial code by sharing an official document from her personal email address.

The Home Office has said that the shortened version of the video showing Suella Braverman’s response at the Fareham event should be removed from social media because it “misrepresents the interaction”. A spokesperson for the department said: “The home secretary attended an event last night and took questions, including on immigration policy. Footage of a conversation with a Holocaust survivor is circulating online. The video has been heavily edited and doesn’t reflect the full exchange.”

It is important to remember that language plays a crucial role in shaping public perceptions and attitudes towards certain groups of people. The use of words such as “invasion” and “swarms” to describe migrants and refugees can contribute to the dehumanization and othering of these individuals, which can lead to harmful policies and actions.

Historical Context

It is also worth noting that the UK has a long history of accepting refugees and migrants, and has played a significant role in providing a safe haven for those fleeing persecution and war. From the Huguenots in the 17th century to the Jewish refugees of the 1930s and 40s, the UK has a proud tradition of offering refuge to those in need. It is important that this tradition is not forgotten and that the current discourse on migration does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes or misconceptions.

Language and Public Perception

Furthermore, it is important to understand that the issue of illegal migration is a complex one and cannot be reduced to simplistic or inflammatory language. The root causes of migration, such as poverty, political instability, and persecution, must be addressed in order to effectively address the issue.

In conclusion, while it is important to have honest and open discussions about the challenges posed by illegal migration, it is equally important to do so in a responsible and respectful manner. The use of language that dehumanizes and stigmatizes migrants and refugees is unacceptable and has no place in public discourse. We must remember the humanity of all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, and work towards solutions that are fair and just for all.

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