ADL to GOP: “Condemn Forcefully the Invocation of Holocaust Imagery”
David Streeter — November 12, 2009 11:09 am
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has joined in the chorus of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, including NJDC, condemning the use of Holocaust rhetoric by Republican Party activists. In addition to NJDC, we’ve heard on this topic from Representative Steve Israel (D-NY), the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and even a tweet by Elie Wiesel.
Politico‘s Ben Smith reports that ADL National Director Abraham Foxman issued this statement to the organizers of last week’s anti-health care reform rally:
We write to urge you to condemn forcefully the invocation of Holocaust imagery such as photos of Nazi concentration camp victims in the current health care debate. We were appalled that such images were held up by protesters at a press conference called and organized by Republicans at the United States Capitol last week, and deeply disappointed at the failure of the Republican leadership to speak out against such comparisons.
Smith published the ADL’s full letter, which has reportedly been sent to:
- House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who plead ignorance when confronted about the Dachau sign that was directly in front of him during his speech
- House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), who despite a forced comment on the protestors’ Holocaust rhetoric, hasn’t taken real leadership on this issue
- Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN), who organized the protest
- Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC), who shouted “You Lie!” during President Barack Obama’s address on health care reform
- Representative Steve King (R-IA), who encouraged protestors to “make a house call” to congressional offices. King also demonstrated what his priorities are by skipping his son’s wedding in order to vote against the house health care reform bill. Doesn’t the GOP claim to be the party of “family values?”