Philippines President Duterte’s Likening of Himself to Hitler Baffling and Deeply Offensive, ADL Says

New York, NY, September 30, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned remarks by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in which he likened himself to Adolf Hitler in reference to a desire to exterminate millions of drug users in his country.

“These comments by the Philippine president are shocking,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “The comparison of drug users and dealers to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is inappropriate and deeply offensive.

“Hitler was a megalomaniac and a mass-murderer who was responsible for the slaughter of six million innocent Jews and millions of others during World War II and it is baffling why any leader would want to model himself after such a monster,” Mr. Greenblatt said. “It is notable that the Philippines has a proud history of providing refuge to over a thousand Jews fleeing Hitler’s genocide.”

The Philippines scored relatively low according to ADL’s worldwide survey on anti-Semitism conducted in 2014. The poll found that three percent of those surveyed harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.