Republicans comparing COVID policy to Holocaust are dehumanizing Jews

In a blatant move to score cheap political points by presenting himself as a proponent of liberties, Ohio Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH) drew an outrageous comparison between the D.C. law requiring health passes from restaurant and gym patrons. Was asked for proof of vaccine. Nazi Germany. Such comparisons are anti-Semitic; They despise the real suffering of millions of Jews under the fascist Nazi regime.

Sadly, Davidson is not alone. Exploitation of the Holocaust, when millions of Jews in Europe were dehumanized, humiliated and murdered by brutal dictatorships, has become somewhat of a trend among Republican Party officials, who have never suffered the heyday of prejudice.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Idaho State Representative, Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) Told about ways to stay at home Being “not separate from Nazi Germany” was intended to contain the spread of the virus. Since then, the comparison has snowballed. Congressman Major Taylor Greene (R-GA) CompareDe Vaccination “When the Nazis forced the Jewish people to wear a gold star,” and goes to Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-NC) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) everyone is guilty of making equal comparisons Vaccine Requirements to Nazi Germany.

The lazy confluence of reduced freedoms by public health policies intended to save lives with the genocide of millions of Jews in Nazi Germany is a dangerous thought, especially with rising anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. Still Auschwitz Memorial Museum Davidson’s tweet as a “sad symptom of moral and intellectual collapse”.

Davidson had released one like Taylor Green before him apologies, But no doubt this won’t be the last time a buffalo will make this comparison. So let’s go through all the ways that the evidence for vaccines isn’t like that of the Nazis, just so we’re clear that the comparison is not only morally abhorrent, but factually wrong.

For starters, a policy aimed at saving lives, while the Nazis isolate people to murder innocent people. The introduction of a vaccine pass cannot be considered a reduction in freedom when it is in the interest of public health. We don’t blink at the legal requirement to have a driver’s license to drive a car. Driving permits were also required in Nazi Germany, yet their use in the US has not been described as fascist. Ironically, the only Jewish community they had driving permit revoked under the Nazi regime.

Which brings us to the second point: Unlike Nazi Germany, Vaccine Pass does not exclude any religious or ethnic minority and aims to benefit public health at large with universal measures. Indeed, Nazi Germany withheld vaccinations In the hope of causing more pain to an already oppressed community than the Jewish community. vaccines have become Jewish resistance movement Jews in Nazi Germany were dying of diseases like typhoid in the ghetto.

When demonstrators participate in a demonstration, a demonstrator holds a yellow star that reads “Not vaccinated = Jewish”.
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The idea that any religious or ethnic group is being marginalized by the US government by offering coronavirus vaccine passes is ridiculous. To make sure there’s no Nazi-style prejudice, D.C.’s mayor’s office is taking into account those who have religious and medical exemptions Pass for vaccination when applying the vaccine.

Every time we need to criticize someone we disagree with, we should stop reaching for the Hitler analogy. Not only does it trivialize the Holocaust, but it contributes to anti-Semitism and promotes the dehumanization of other communities.

For years the GOP has moved toward appeasing white supremacists in its bid for the White House, culminating in its inability to explicitly condemn former President Donald Trump. Neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville, Let’s clarify where the real Nazi threat lies.

The co-opting of the Jewish struggle in Nazi Germany is an insult to the struggle of the Jewish community to promote right-wing policies. Please, Republicans, do better.

Ahmed Twaiz is a freelance journalist and filmmaker focusing primarily on American politics, social justice, and the Middle East. they have twitter @twaiji,

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