U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Dachau concentration camp after attending the nearby Munich security summit last weekend. Above, Pence stands behind the gate with the infamous lie “Work sets you free”.
Pence was joined by his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte. At Pence’s request Dachau survivor Abba Naor, above right, who lives in Israel, showed them the ovens and crematorium, where the bodes of tens of thousands of German and Austrian Jews and others were disposed of having been worked to death.
TRUMP FINALLY FIRMLY CONDEMNS ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM
[Note by Tom Gross]
As I have pointed out previously, before he entered politics Donald Trump’s record on Jewish issues was very positive. Among other things, he condemned anti-Semitism and donated money to groups that fought prejudice.
However, during the presidential campaign, there was a strain of anti-Semitism among some of Trump’s more extremist supporters and Trump insufficiently condemned this.
Today, for the first time since becoming president, Trump firmly condemned anti-Semitism and racism.
In remarks made after visiting the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington this morning, Trump called bomb threats against Jewish community centers “horrible”.
He said: “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
He said that the National Museum of African American History and Culture was “a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.”
“Part of the beauty of what you’re doing here with the museum and the success of the museum – the success is very important because it’s doing tremendous numbers. Tremendous numbers of people coming in,” he said. “I think that really helps to get that divide and bring it much closer together.”
Earlier today, Trump told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin that “anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s gonna stop and it has to stop.”
RYAN, PENCE AND McMASTER ALSO DENOUNCE ANTI-SEMITISM
The Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also condemned anti-Semitism this morning, tweeting: “Anti-Semitism in any form is abhorrent, and I encourage authorities nationwide to take these threats seriously.”
Vice-President Mike Pence denounced anti-Semitism during his visit to Dachau concentration camp two days ago, which he went to after attending the Munich Security summit.
President Trump’s incoming National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, spoke of the importance of Holocaust commemoration when he dedicated a new Holocaust exhibit at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning in Georgia in 2012.
WHIPPED AND LEFT TO DROWN
I mention Trump’s remarks today because last week international media were very harsh on Trump for his failure to properly condemn anti-Semitism. But now that he has done so, it wasn’t mentioned at all on the BBC Radio World Service News that I just listened to -- broadcast to hundreds of millions of people across the globe. Instead the BBC is once again obsessing over Israel and portraying the Jewish state in a negative light, which was the BBC’s main story.
Likewise, so is The Guardian. As I write The Guardian has a large headline and story about the sentencing to prison of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian terrorist who (the soldier claims) he thought was reaching for a suicide bomb vest in order to detonate it.
At the same time The Guardian has a much smaller headline “Libya: Bodies of 74 migrants wash ashore”.
(In fact, 87 bodies have been recovered according to the International Organization for Migration, and there are dozens of other bodies at sea. The boat didn’t capsize. The boat was deliberately set adrift, according to the IOM.)
Hardly any major Western media are reporting the significant number of civilian casualties currently being caused by American airstrikes in Mosul, or those being killed by American and British warplanes in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Nor are they reporting much on the killing of civilians with American and British weapons in Yemen.
Nor about the torture and summary execution of Sunnis by U.S.-allied and Iranian directed militia in Mosul.
Nor about the brutal whipping of African migrants by European-Union trained coastguards.
By contrast, in one recent print edition of the New York Times (U.S. edition) that I happened to see last week, of the 27 pages with articles in the paper’s main section, six were devoted to focusing negatively on just one tiny country: Israel.
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