The Honorable Señora Omaira Judith Correa Delgado
Governor of the Province of Panamá
Avenida Perú, entre Calle 33 y Calle 3
Panamá, República de Panamá
Dear Governor Correa Delgado:
We were troubled by your statement in which you referred to a journalist from La Prensa newspaper, Ms. Flor Mizrachi Angel, as a “Gestapo Jew Girl.”
Regardless of the comments Ms. Mizrachi Angel may have directed at you or any other government official, as Governor of the Province of Panamá, we respectfully urge you – as we have urged other public figures – to refrain from using Holocaust imagery in the future.
Holocaust comparisons are never acceptable. They are an insult to the memory of the millions who perished at the hands of the Nazis, to the survivors, and to the brave men and women who fought to save them from extermination and to defeat the Nazis in World War II.
Moreover, a personal attack on anyone using the person’s religion, gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation in an implicitly negative manner has no justification.
In our one hundred years working to counteract anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry and hatred, we have learned that political, civic and religious leaders can have a significant impact on society. That is why we believe you should publicly make it clear that such comments have no place in the multicultural and pluralistic Panamanian society. No matter how heated the debate over issues of the day, hateful rhetoric only contributes to divisiveness.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is a global leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice, hatred and bigotry.
Abraham H. Foxman