Friday, January 27, 2017

Even Trump's Statement on International Holocaust Memorial Day Is Not Without Controversy

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day.  The day-- the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau-- was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly as the date for the international commemoration. CBS News reports on commemoration activities in various countries.  President Donald Trump issued a Statement (full text) marking the commemoration, saying in part:
It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League commented on the President's Statement in a Tweet, saying:
Puzzling and troubling White House Holocaust Memorial Day Statement has no mention of Jews. GOP and Democratic presidents have done so in the past.
Other media, such as the Washington Post and  Haaretz make the same point about Trump's statement.