Halting refugee resettlement on Holocaust Remembrance Day tone deaf, insensitive and abhorent

The White House on Monday pushed back against criticism of its decision not to mention Jews or antisemitism in its statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Trump administration faced intense blowback for the statement; more so when they double downed on the language, asserting that "everyone" felt the consequences of Nazism.

"It is pathetic that people are picking on a statement", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a briefing with reporters.

Jewish critics have said that omitting Jews from Holocaust commemoration statements, wittingly or not, plays into the agenda of groups that seek to diminish the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

The Republican Jewish Coalition said Sunday in its statement: "As supporters of President Trump, we know that he holds in his heart the memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust, and is committed not just to their memory, but ensuring it never happens again", RJC spokesman Fred Brown said in its statement. Spicer found it infuriating "to compare a statement that remembers the Holocaust with the last eight years and the disrespect that was shown to Israel".

Borough Park, which makes up the largest part of Hikind's assembly district, has a large population of residents who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand.

Mr. Priebus continued, "I mean, everyone's suffering in the Holocaust including obviously, all of the Jewish people affected and the miserable genocide that occurred - it's something that we consider to be extraordinarily sad".

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Yes, I believe that this White House wandered into this debacle out of its overwhelming concern for the gay victims of the Holocaust, and I am also the Tsar of all the Russias.

"The Holocaust was built on a fascist nationalism with a goal to exterminate the Jewish people from the face of the earth. This is what Holocaust denial is", he said.

And what is most disturbing is the very real concern about what leadership role the United States can claim in the fight against growing global anti-Semitism if the White House can't even attach Jewish deaths to the Holocaust. Luckily, White House statements, though, have no word limit.

"The Final Solution was aimed exclusively at the Jews", Mr. Podhoretz wrote, while acknowledging other groups were also killed by the Nazis.

Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book Denying the Holocaust: The growing assault on truth and memory that is as relevant today as two decades ago.

In any other time and place, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus would be howling about a Democratic administration issuing the same statement as the Trump administration.

When first noticing the "de-Jewdification" of the Holocaust on Friday, my reaction was that it must have been an accident, a rush job and somebody screwed up.

  • Adam Floyd