Young Israel Thanks NY Governor Cuomo for slamming Ocasio-Cortez’s “Concentration Camp” reference

July 1, 2019

June 27, 2019
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Young Israel Thanks NY Governor Cuomo for slamming Ocasio-Cortez’s “Concentration Camp” reference
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today thanked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he noted the inappropriateness of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent remark that the United States “is running concentration camps on our southern border.”
In addition, the NCYI completely agrees with the clear and straightforward statement made by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in which it expressed its displeasure with Ocasio-Cortez’s troubling comment.
Calling Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camp” reference “wholly inappropriate,” Cuomo said, “The Holocaust, you’re talking about a tragedy of biblical proportion and one of the greatest scourges in history. Six-million Jews died during the Holocaust; there is no comparison to the Holocaust, period. To draw an equivalency suggests one does not understand what happened in the Holocaust.”
In a statement released by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it declared that it “unequivocally rejects efforts to create analogies between the Holocaust and other events, whether historical or contemporary. That position has repeatedly and unambiguously been made clear.”
“As the Governor of New York State, which is home to approximately two-million Jews, making it one of the largest Jewish communities in the world outside of Israel, Governor Cuomo knows full well how the Holocaust devastated World Jewry and recognizes the extent to which the Nazis went to terrorize and torture countless Jews in concentration camps during the 1930s and 1940s,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “We thank Governor Cuomo for his strong repudiation of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s disturbing decision to invoke Holocaust-related terminology as part of a political debate and for his assertion that the atrocities directed at Jews during the Holocaust are incomparable. Rather than doubling down on her controversial comments and futilely attempting to defend the indefensible, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should heed the valid concerns that are being raised about her remarks, which diminish the carnage suffered by the Jews during the Holocaust and devalue the memories of the six-million Jews whose lives were tragically cut short at the hands of the Nazis.”
“As correctly noted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, whose mission is to educate and enlighten people about the atrocities that took place during this devastating period in word history, there is no comparison between the Holocaust and other events,” Weiss added. “It is extremely unfortunate that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar, who condoned her colleague’s comments and said she cannot understand why they were controversial, fail to recognize the egregious nature of the concentration camp analogy and demonstrate a troubling lack of education about the bigotry and barbarism perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II.”
For the past 107 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and approximately 135 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.