A British official condemned Islamic groups who refuse to acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day.

In a speech to Islamic groups Wednesday, Ruth Kelly, who holds the newly created position of communities secretary, said the groups’ stance on the issue would impact their funding. Kelly asked “why those in leadership positions who say they want to achieve religious tolerance and a cohesive society would choose to boycott an event which marks our common humanity?â€?

The Muslim Council of Britain has steadfastly refused to celebrate Holocaust Memorial Day, saying any remembrance day should include all people who have suffered acts of genocide, not just Jews and not just under Nazi Germany