The Prince of Wales has returned to the issue of the rise of populism warning that the world is in danger of “forgetting the lessons of the past”.
Speaking at a London fundraising event for the World Jewish Relief (WJR) charity, which currently works with people fleeing the war in Syria and seeking to establish new lives in Greece, Turkey and UK, Prince Charles said:
“The work of World Jewish Relief enables us to rally together, to do what we can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually – particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last War seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten.”
“I have always tried to reach across the boundaries of faith and community; to extend a helping hand wherever one might be needed,” Charles said.
Though he didn’t mention any political figures or parties, the outspoken address could be seen as a veiled reference to the controversial policies towards refugees in the U.S. and the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
During the event, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis slammed Trump’s ban as “totally unacceptable” amid the applauses.
“Not much hope from the United States of America, of all countries, where President Trump appears to have signed an executive order which seems to discriminate against individuals based totally on their religion or their nationality,” said Mirvis.
“We as Jews perhaps more than any others know exactly what it is like to be the victims of such discrimination and it is totally unacceptable.”
It is the second time in little over a month that Prince Charles takes a strong stance again populism.
At the end of December, during BBC Radio 4’s religious Thought for the Day, Prince Charles expressed his grave concerns over the increase of religious hatred and he pleaded for countries to welcome those fleeing persecution.
“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 echoes of the dark days of the 1930s,” he said.
“My parents’ generation fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.”