Trump­wasen­gagin­gin OPIN­ION

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYSAMSOKOL Jerusalem Post,

UN­TIL MID2016, I was the Jewish World Cor­re­spon­dent for the cov­er­ing Jewish life and, un­for­tu­nately, an­ti­semitism across the globe. Much of my fo­cus was on Eastern Europe and Holo­caust dis­tor­tion in for­mer Soviet coun­tries such as the Ukraine and Hun­gary.

Check­ing the news af­ter Shab­bat, I was sur­prised to see a state­ment by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump os­ten­si­bly com­mem­o­rat­ing In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day but which failed to make any men­tion of the Jewish peo­ple or an­ti­semitism.

Given that his new pol­icy block­ing im­mi­gra­tion from seven Muslim na­tions had been im­ple­mented on the same day, spark­ing a world­wide furore, I as­sumed that his fail­ure to men­tion Jewish suf­fer­ing was an over­sight, a mis­take amid the mal­strom.

That hope, how­ever, was quickly dashed when spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN the ad­min­is­tra­tion was “in­cred­i­bly in­clu­sive” and cited the mur­der of the Roma, the dis­abled, Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses and other groups as the ba­sis of the de­ci­sion to omit the cen­tral vic­tims of the Holo­caust.

Mr Trump is known for re­fus­ing to back down, even when the facts are not in his favour, and his com­ments on the Holo­caust were no ex­cep­tion.

In an in­ter­view on Sun­day, White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus dou­bled down on the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Holo­caust re­vi­sion­ism.

Asked why he was white­wash­ing the geno­cide of the Jewish peo­ple, the for­mer head of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee replied that he did not re­gret the word­ing.

De­spite say­ing he did recog­nise that the Holo­caust was about de­stroy­ing the Jews as a peo­ple, he con­tin­ued to de­fend Mr Trump’s state­ment, adding, “ev­ery­one’s suf­fer­ing in the Holo­caust in­clud­ing ob­vi­ously all of the Jewish peo­ple af­fected”.

In much of Eastern Europe, gov­ern­ments have shown them­selves to have a vested in­ter­est in min­imis­ing the Jewish na­ture of the Holo­caust as

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