Greens MP told to go back to history books and apologises for Holocaust photo posted on Facebook

June 29, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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A post depicting images of children Holocaust prisoners next to an image purported to be of incarcerated refugee children being detained in the USA has been removed from the Facebook belonging to Ballina NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith.

Facebook The post now removed

In an interview with 2GB’s Ray Hadley the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff pointed out that image of the supposedly US-held children was actually an image of children in Hebron taken 1n 2010

 

Tamara Smith has apologised unreservedly.

Tamara Smith Facebook

In the interview Ray Hadley said Smith has been accused of trivialising the Holocaust by spreading an appalling meme comparing the US to Nazi Germany. Hadley said Smith has been told to go back to history books after putting an offensive picture below a photo of children in concentration camps.

He reveals the image was not a picture taken in the US but showed Palestinian children waiting to be fed at a soup kitchen in Hebron.

Hadley says it is outrageous when people compare modern-day situations with the Holocaust.

Vic Alhadeff told Ray Hadley his own grandparents were murdered in the Holocaust. He argued Smith’s action shows an absolute lack of knowledge of today’s happenings in the US and the Holocaust. Hadley admitted it angers him that those from the Left, who trot out horror pictures when they want to make a point, do not think about the impact on people who have lost family members during World War II.

Alhadeff says Smith should have known a lot better

NSW Labor frontbencher Walt Secord, who is a patron of the Labor Israel Action Committee and Deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel said the Greens MP Tamara Smith’s Facebook post was “sickening and repulsive”.

He told J-Wire: “Using the death of six million Jewish people including 1.5 million children being murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust is one of the most repugnant and vile posts by a NSW Parliamentarian I’ve seen in years.”

“There is no way a sensible MP could make such a modern-day comparison with the Nazi death camps of the Holocaust. Once again, this shows the NSW Greens have no understanding of the Holocaust and its impact on the Jewish community.”

Tamara Smith is reported to have told her followers before removing the post  that ‘it’s a metaphor’. The Daily Mail reported she later explained her motive, stating it was ‘directed at the atrocious and appalling behaviour of the Trump administration and its detention of children’. There was no intention to offend Holocaust victims,’ she said.

Tamara Smith told J-Wire: “The post was widely shared on social media and it has since been taken down. The post was directed at the atrocious and appalling behaviour of the Trump administration and its detention of children from undocumented immigrant parents. There was no intention to offend Holocaust victims and I apologise unreservedly.”
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff condemned the post but acknowledged Smith’s apology and withdrawal.
He told J-Wire: “Whatever concerns one might have for the plight of child refugees in the US, the analogy with what occurred in Nazi Germany was beyond outrageous. The vast majority of the people whom Nazi Germany placed behind barbed wire were destined to be murdered. Comparing that to today’s child refugee crisis showed an appalling lack of judgment, not to mention an egregious lack of understanding of what the Holocaust was.

“We acknowledge Ms Smith’s apology, the withdrawal of her post and her assurance that she did not intend to offend. The next time she’s in Sydney, we encourage her to undertake a guided tour of the Sydney Jewish Museum.”

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One Response to “Greens MP told to go back to history books and apologises for Holocaust photo posted on Facebook”
  1. Sandie Kleiman- Peleg says:

    Unfortunately Tamara Smith not only showed her ignorance but reinforced how so many people in Aust. have no idea how Jewish people have been persecuted through out history. Sad

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