Teaneck, NJ, June 17, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reacted to a statement made by Christopher Shelton, a union official at the Communication Workers of America speaking at a protest in Trenton yesterday in which he compared Governor Chris Christie to Adolf Hitler.
Etzion Neuer, Regional Director of ADL's New Jersey Office, issued the following statement:
No matter how strong one's objections to any government policy, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is grossly offensive and has no place in civil political discourse.
Using the Holocaust as an analogy for the frustration of union negotiations displays an ignorance of history and an insensitivity to the tragedy in human history that saw the murder of six million Jews and millions of others.
We were pleased to read that Mr. Shelton subsequently apologized for his offensive statement and we remind all public officials that regardless of the issue, we need to rise above the demeaning rhetoric and to encourage advocacy that is vigorous but never personal or hostile.