(Tea Party PAC) – While many would consider it to be a cliché, we must never forget that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
In America, we aren’t just facing an enemy who failed to learn from history (although, with the state of our public school system, that certainly is a factor), we are facing an enemy who wants to rewrite history to prop up whatever narrative they want to push that day.
In the case of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the fading memory of one of the greatest horrors the world has ever lived through is becoming little more than a convenient card to play in her ultra-leftist game.
In case you missed it, Ocasio-Cortez recently made the heinous equivocation of the genocide of millions in Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps with ICE detention centers at our southern border.
“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” she said in a live Instagram video, labeling President Trump a “fascist” and invoking the phrase, “Never Again.”
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, fondly dubbed “America’s Rabbi,” wasn’t going to take such gross disrespect of the memory of the Holocaust lying down.
In an editorial for Breitbart, Rabbi Boteach recalled that, on the Saturday after Ocasio-Cortez’ sickening comments were made, the New York Times published a full-page ad calling the freshman congresswoman out for her “ignorance, inaccuracy, and insensitivity.”
The ad, Rabbi Boteach explains, was paid for by The World Values Network, an organization Boteach founded to defend and promote the memory of the Holocaust.
Rabbi Boteach writes:
I organized and produced the ad precisely because Holocaust memory is ailing in America today. A study covered by the Washington Post, to give one example, found that two-thirds of American millennials are unable to identify the term ‘Auschwitz,’ while one-fifth had never heard of the Holocaust at all.
It was shocking, therefore, to see the fierceness and passion of those who rose to defend her repugnant remarks. Worse than being forgotten, Holocaust memory is facing undeniable assault.
Indeed, with the departure of the Sabbath on Saturday evening, I opened my phone to discover we were facing torrential attack.
Electronic tirades poured into our E-Mail servers as unintelligible rants clogged our answering machines. On social media, activists shared links to a crowd-campaign bent on getting our ‘hate-ads’ banned from the Times.
Aside from the usual riff raff and anti-Semites, Boteach says he was appalled by the defense of Ocasio-Cortez’ statements coming from far higher places:
Even Michael Godwin — the namesake of “Godwin’s law,” which proposes that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1”— rose to defend her. Though he introduced the law to prevent Holocaust-hyperbole, he’s now become its greatest living proof: in 2016, this self-appointed Holocaust imagery-czar urged Americans to “go ahead and refer to Hitler when you talk about Trump,” and, last October, he granted permission for people to call Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro “a Nazi,” after declaring in the Washington Post, “sure, you can call Trump a Nazi.”
Even when the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — the highest American authority on the subject — unequivocally condemned the use of Holocaust analogies when talking about any other event, more than 140 genocide and Holocaust historians penned an open letter urging the Museum’s director to retract his statement.
Boteach also pointed to the incident last Sunday in which hundreds of Jewish activists from the “irreverently-named” organization Never Again Action (NAA) blocked a major highway leading to an ICE Contract Detention Facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
According to the NAA’s mission statement, the group believes that “as Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again.” Where they go wrong, Boteach argues, is in helping Americans down the slippery slope of forgetting “how bad the Holocaust really was, which is the essential prerequisite for evil striking twice.”
Thanks to the overwhelming support she received for her disgusting comments, AOC doubled and tripled down on her statement and even pointed to the “expert analysis” of Holocaust scholar Andrea Pitzer.
In a recently published book, however, Pitzer defined concentration camps as “the mass detention of civilians without trial.”
This, as Boteach points out, is absolute garbage:
Of course, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the Cambridge Dictionary, the Encyclopedia Brittanica, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum all disagree with such an oversimplified definition of the triggering term. Moreover, speaking to Chris Hayes in the wake of AOC’s remarks, Pitzer would herself go on to suggest using more sensitive terminology, such as “irregular” or “extrajudicial” detention-centers. Hayes agreed: “Let’s just call them ‘detention camps,’” he tweeted, “and focus on what’s happening in them.”
And, of course, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who infamously referred to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as “some people [who] did something,” offers an even more convenient, simplified definition of “concentration camps.”
“There are camps, and people are being concentrated,” Omar said to a reporter while walking the halls of Congress. “I don’t know why [‘concentration camp’] is a controversial thing to say.”
Rabbi Boteach concludes his editorial with this severe warning for every American:
Ultimately, Americans are not Nazis and belittling the extermination of European Jewry should be, for any politician, an impassable offense. That such a mercenary and utilitarian approach to the Holocaust has become the call of a new liberal crusade — comprised of key media figures, dozens of politicians, scores of academics, and far-left Jewish activists — should be alarming and outrageous to those whose loyalty to the victims of the Holocaust forbids them from allowing their sacrifice to be turned into a political dishrag.