ADL Says Rep. Rohrabacher's Comparison Of Camp Liberty To Auschwitz 'Inappropriate'

New York, NY, August 2, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern at a statement made by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) suggesting that American and Iraqi leaders have sent refugees to camps near Baghdad that are comparable to Auschwitz. 

During discussions with other Members about Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty near Baghdad, Rep. Rohrabacher reportedly pointed to a photograph of Camp Liberty and said, "Doesn't that look like Auschwitz? This looks like a concentration camp. We have sent people to a concentration camp." 

"It is inappropriate to suggest that conditions at a refugee camp in Iraq are in any way similar to the circumstances of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz where millions of Jews and others were murdered during the Holocaust," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. "Such comparisons only serve to trivialize the memory of the Holocaust and the murderous deeds of the Nazis." 

In a letter to Rep. Rohrabacher, ADL called on him to reconsider this inappropriate analogy to Auschwitz and retract his remarks.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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