Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ADL Condemns Dehumanizing Rhetoric Against Supporters of the Agreement with Iran

The Anti-Defamation League has condemned dehumanizing rhetoric used against those who support the recent agreement with Iran.
The Anti-Defamation League said the backlash against congressmen who announced their support for the nuclear deal with Iran has crossed the line, especially noting Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who suffered "obscene and offensive comments."

"Hateful rhetoric that invokes Nazism and demonizes an individual is unacceptable. It has absolutely no place in public discourse, particularly when referring to a widely respected public servant like Mr. Nadler," said a statement, issued on Wednesday by ADL National Director Jonathan A. Greenblatt and Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York regional director.

The statement listed several of the comments found on Nadler's Facebook page, posted after he announced his support of the deal, saying they were "replete with Nazi analogies, vulgarities and obscenities, including references to him as a 'stinking kapo,' a coward and traitor to the U.S. and Israel, and one particularly appalling statement that read, 'When you die there no place for you on Jewish cemetery.'" (Haaretz, ADL Says Attacks Against Lawmakers Supporting Iran Deal Have 'Crossed the Line', August 27, 2015.)
This is a good statement.

If one opposes the agreement with Iran then oppose it. Make an argument to persuade people to oppose.

But to demonize those who support this agreement as though they were just like the Nazis who infamously murdered six million Jews in a campaign of genocide that horrifies the world to this day is a terrible thing that, among things, trivializes the horror of what happened in the Holocaust. 

In a previous post it was mentioned that one Arutz Sheva columnist used this type of incendiary language against Secretary of State John Kerry calling him an "ever-obedient Kapo". That is precisely the sort of incendiary language condemned by the ADL.

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