ADL Condemns "Ugly, Divisive" E-Mail Message Sent To Jewish Voters In Pennsylvania
New York, NY, October 27, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned an e-mail message sent to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania, reportedly paid for by the "Republican Federal Committee of PA – Victory 2008."
The e-mail suggested that a vote for Barack Obama would be a "tragic mistake," and "Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision," adding that "many of our ancestors ignored similar warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement from Poland, where he is traveling with an Israel Defense Force delegation visiting Auschwitz and other historical sites associated with the Holocaust:
Ugly, divisive personal attacks against a candidate for any political office should never be acceptable, and using Holocaust analogies is completely beyond the pale.
Regardless of which candidate one supports, it is shocking and profoundly distressing that anyone would see fit to make such an odious, false and repugnant analogy. Not only does it further debase the level of our political discourse, but it also diminishes and trivializes the virulent anti-Semitism and Nazi aggression that led to the slaughter of six million Jews and millions of others.
We hope that the signatories of this letter and those responsible for its dissemination will repudiate its message and apologize to both the candidate and the Jewish community.
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