Israel Wants CNN's Amanpour to Say Sorry For Comparing Trump to The Nazis

Published November 16th, 2020 - 02:25 GMT
Christiane Amanpour.(AFP Photo / Spencer Platt) © AFP
Christiane Amanpour.(AFP Photo / Spencer Platt) © AFP

Israeli officials are taking CNN to task for comments by the network’s prominent anchorwoman Christiane Amanpour comparing the actions of US President Donald Trump to Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom against Jews that took place across Germany in November 1938.

Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich sent a letter to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker on Sunday urging that Amanpour issue an “immediate and public apology” for the “unacceptable comparison” she made Thursday.

“We find hereby the false equivalence made between the actions of a sitting US president and the atrocities of the Kristallnacht pogroms which were carried out by the Nazis eighty-two years ago belittling of the immense tragedy of the Holocaust,” she wrote.

Kristallnacht is widely recognized as a “central starting point of the Holocaust,” the minister went on, accusing Amanpour of minimizing the “unique importance of the Holocaust” by comparing it to the Trump administration.

“Distortion and minimization of the Holocaust are deplorable lies that only encourage the evil voices of anti-Semitism. Employing the memory of the Holocaust for cheap shock value and to further a political agenda is a deeply troubling and offensive spin of historic and moral truths with dangerous implications,” the letter said.

As anti-Semitism continues to increase worldwide, Israel expects CNN to be “partners in the global effort to combat this dangerous illness, not to fan its flames,” she concluded.

Also on Sunday, Israel’s consul-general to Atlanta, Anat Sultan-Dadon, wrote a letter to Richard Davis, CNN’s executive vice president of News Standards and Practices expressing “dismay” over Amanpour’s comparison.

As anti-Semitism continues to increase worldwide, Israel expects CNN to be “partners in the global effort to combat this dangerous illness, not to fan its flames,” she concluded.

“Despicable. @camanpour compares verbal fact-checking of a POTUS to a Nazi pogrom in which dozens of Jews were murdered,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, a small group representing Haredi Jewish interests, wrote on Twitter.

Amanpour has not responded to the criticism.

Comparisons between contemporary politics and Nazi Germany have been considered beyond the pale by Jewish groups. An advertisement released in September by the Jewish Democratic Council of America that drew parallels between the rise of fascism and the Trump presidency was swiftly condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. But both former ADL direct Abraham Foxman and Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt said such comparisons are in fact apt.

This article has been adapted from its original source.   


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