Wiesenthal Center Denounces LA City Council Comparison of Immigration Crackdown to Holocaust


May 12, 2010

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the comparison of Arizona’s immigration law with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust during today's Los Angeles City Council debate on a city boycott of the state.

“The Wiesenthal Center along with many other Americans expressed our opposition to the language of the Arizona immigration bill but it is inappropriate and irresponsible to link the bill to the actions of Nazi Germany,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Center. “In a democracy, there is no need to demonize opponents, even when they are mistaken, to those whose actions led to history's most notorious crime,” he added.

Immediately after AZ Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law two weeks ago, the Wiesenthal Center expressed its disappointment. “This isn’t about immigration, it’s about discrimination,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center. “We should not forget that we’re a nation of immigrants. This law makes no sense-- it guarantees and stigmatizes people of color as second-class citizens and exposes them to intimidation and the use of racial profiling as a weapon of bias,” he concluded.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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