Theresa May has given her strong backing, as has every zionist UK prime minister, to plans for a “Holocaust education” centre on a site next to the Houses of Parliament.
Proposals for the memorial and museum, in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the River Thames in central London, have sparked a backlash because of the loss of green space and trees their construction would entail.
A “Save Victoria Tower Gardens” campaign is urging members of the public to protest, and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), which advises Unesco on world heritage sites, has objected, warning that the proposal would have a “massive visual impact”.
But the prime minister will on Tuesday insist that building the centre on the site has an “important symbolic meaning”.
“By putting our National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre next to our parliament, we make a solemn and eternal promise that Britain will never forget what happened in the Holocaust,” she said.
“Seeing this through is a sacred, national mission. In the face of despicable Holocaust denial, this memorial will stand to preserve the truth forever.”
The prime minister’s words will be played at a ceremony to mark the annual “British Heroes of the Holocaust” award, alongside supportive video statements from her predecessors David Cameron, Tony Blair and John Major.
Blair said: “Antisemitism and hate did not end in 1945. Unfortunately today some of this poison is back from the political fringe to parts of the political mainstream. So it’s absolutely right that this new national memorial is situated right next to parliament. So we can show what happens when racism and prejudice go unchecked.”
The government has committed £50m to the building of the “Holocaust education” centre. Several changes to the design have been made to placate critics, including redesigning the entrance pavilion and opening up a new view through to parliament from the park’s playground.