16
Sep
Off

ADL head rips Trump team over Holocaust statement that doesn’t mention Jews





1701227_greenblatt_getty_1160.jpg

Jonathan Greenblatt says the White House statement “misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people.'” | Getty

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League is criticizing a White House statement in remembrance of International Holocaust Memorial Day because the statement does not specifically mention that millions of Nazi victims were Jewish.

Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted on Friday that the statement was “puzzling and troubling” because it refers to “depravity and horror” inflicted on “innocent people” by the Nazis. The statement is likely intended to refer to Jewish people, who made up the vast majority of Holocaust victims. But Greenblatt took issue with the lack of an explicit mention.

“@Whitehouse statement on #HolocaustMemorialDay, misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people’,” Greenblatt tweeted.

The White House statement, in full, reads:

“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.

“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

Greenblatt, who became CEO of the ADL in 2015, was an aide to former President Barack Obama. He noted on Twitter that previous presidents in both parties have mentioned the religion of Nazi victims. The ADL is a nongovernmental organization focused on fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.