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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2019 PAGE 3A comparln: Sgt. 1st Class Andrea Hester/U.S. Army R ep. Hank Johnson speaks to members of the 642d Regional Support Group attending a cake cutting Ceremony, Decatur, Ga Apr. 8, 2017. The cake cutting ceremony was held to honor and celebrate the Army Reserve's 109th Birthday. By Jackson Richman about the harm that could be done by a man named Hit- (JNS)--Rep.HankJohnson ler or a man named Trump," (D-Ga.) comparedU.S. Presi- he added. dent Donald Trump to Adolf Johnson, who has com- Hitler this week during a ser- paredJewsto"termites"in the mon he delivered at Atlanta's past, bashed the president's Friendship Baptist Church. supporters. "The Jewish people know "Americans elected an a thing about tyranny," authoritarian, ananti-immi- said Johnson at the Atlanta grant, racist strongman to NAACP eventto commemo- thenation'shighestoffice,"he rate the 156th anniversary said. "Donald Trump and his of the implementation of 'Make America Great Again' the EmancipationProclama- followers, whowant to return tion, which ended slavery in America back to a time where the South during the Civil whitemenandwhiteprivilege War. were unchallenged, andwhere "Hitler did not start the minoritiesandwomenwerein Nazi Party, but he took over their place. These folks now the party with charisma control the highest office in and leadership. The Nazis the land." and Hitler became synony- "Donald Trump's support- mous," he continued. "Much ers are older, less educated, like how Hitler took over the less prosperous, and they are Nazi party, Trump has taken dying early," he added. "Their over the Republican Party. lifespans are decreasing, and It's now known as the Trump many are dying from alcohol- Republican Party." ism, drug overdoses, liver dis- "Americans, particularly ease or simply abroken heart black Americans, can't afford caused by economic despair." to make that same mistake Johnson expressed no regrets after comparing Trump to the one responsible for the deaths of 11 million people--6 million of whom were Jews. "I wanted to make the point that our democracy is under severe threat, that freedom is threatened, and that if we are not vigilant we can allow tyranny to set in," he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I made the point that this threat to democracy is a trend across the world, and we can't let this happen in our country." 'Unconscionable and un- called for' Jewish scholars and orga- nizations criticized Johnson for his remarks. "Way over the top," Ho- locaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt told JNS. The Emory University pro- fessor pointed to her June 2018 piece in The Atlantic, warning about comparing Trump's family-separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border to the Holocaust: "Using historically invalid analogies gives those responsible for these outrages a chance to wriggle out from the avalanche of justified attacks on their policies. It gives them the opportunity to shift the conversation to the appropriateness of the comparison and the precision of the parallel." "Congressman Johnson is an embarrassment to the people of Georgia and a master of offensive remarks," said Republican Jewish Coali- tion executive director Matt Brooks in a statement. "[He] continues to dem- onstrate his defective under- standing of reality with his latest outburst. His remarks about President Trump are his focus on the need to treat Cooper of the SimonWiesen- unconscionable," he added, all people with dignity. As thai Center did not mince "The fact that Johnson serves we've said before, we believe words. on the Judiciary Commit- all people must be extremely "Dealing with a seasoned tee and the Transportation careful in drawing compari- politician"like Johnson, Coo- and Infrastructure Commit- sons to the Holocaust or the per told JNS, making these tee--and may be a judiciary Nazi regime in whatever con- remarks in a church makes subcommittee chairman in text. The lesson that should it "all the more concerning" the new Congress--is mind- be reinforced from that dark and is a "way to get media boggling." time is that all good people attention" that "comes with The Anti-Defamation need to speak out clearly and aprice." League responded tepidly in quickly when morally abhor- "Tying up an emotional a statement: "We appreciate rentactionsaretakenbythose package," he said, the com- Rep. Johnson's strong stance in power against any group." parison was "unconscionable against anti-Semitism and However, Rabbi Abraham and uncalled for." (JNS) Honduras will be tance. Israel will also open ing, Israel issued a statement moving ahead with plans to itsmarkettoHondurancoffee noting that Guatemalan open its Israel embassy in Je- imports. President Jimmy Morales rusalem, and Israel is in talks Israel and Honduras and Sara Netanyahu, wife toopenitsHonduranembassy "agreed to pursue a plan of of Israel's prime minister, in Tegucigalpa, following action, which includes meet- discussed the advancement a meeting between Israeli ings in their three respective ofaHonduranembassyinJe- PrimeMinisterBenjaminNe- capitals, to advance the pro- rusalem by phone last month tanyahu, Honduran President cess of the decision to open when she was in Guatemala. Juan Orlando Hernandez and embassies inbothTegucigalpa Guatemala and the United U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo and Jerusalem," according to States are currently the only on Tuesday. a joint statement from the countries whose embassies The meeting occurred on three countries released by areinJerusalem.Brazil'snew the sidelines of the inaugura- the U.S. State Department. president has also expressed tionofBrazilianPresidentJair "The U.S Israel and Hondu- interest in relocating its em- Bolsonaro. ras are uniting as Strategic bassy there. Accordingto reports, Israel Allies, committedtothedevel- Last year, Honduras was will upgrade its Honduran opmentand security of their oneofjusteightcountriesthat consulatetoafull-fledgedem- peoples," Hernandez said in opposed a U.N. General As- bassy and provide Honduras a tweet. "The alliance will be sembly resolution condemn- help on cyber security, water great results and positively ingPresidentDonaldTrump's and agriculture technology, impact the Honduran people." recognition of Jerusalem as and law-enforcement assis- In connection with the meet- Israel's capital. By Marcy Oster (JTA)--Georges Loinger, a member of the French Re- sistance during World War II who saved hundreds of Jew- ish children from the Nazis, has died. Loinger died on Friday in Paris at the age of 108, France's Holocaust Memorial Foundation confirmed on its website. Loinger, who was Jewish but looked Aryan with his blonde hair and blue eyes, smuggled at least 350 Jewish children whose parents had been killed or sent to Nazi concentration camps in small groups across the Franco- Georges Loinger Swiss border, the French news service AFP reported. The children he saved were in the care of the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants, or OSE, a Jewish children's aid society founded in St Petersburg in 1912. He was awarded the Re- sistance Medal, the Military Cross and the Legion of Honour by France. He was taken prisoner by German armed forces in 1940 while serving with the French army, and sent to a prisoner of war camp in Germany. He was able to escape and return to France where he worked with the OSE, according to AFP. He was a cousin of the mime artist Marcel Marceau, who was a fellow Resistance fighter. (JNS)--Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) dis- played a map on her first day in the House of Representatives with a note posted over Israel that reads "Palestine." Buzzfeed reporter Han- nah Allam posted on Twitter, "Someone has already made a slight alteration to the map that hangs in Rashida Tlaib's new congressional office. Even before she was sworn in on Thursday--the ceremo- ny of which was attended by Women's March leader and anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, who has been criti- cized for not condemning her ties with anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan--Tlaib endorsed the BDS movement. She also announced her own upcoming congressional delegation trip to Judea and Samaria, details of which have not been publicized. Rashida Tlaib Don't let your heart quit on you. If you are living with high blood pressure, just knowing and doing the minimum isn't enough. Uncontrolled high blood pressure could lead to stroke, heart attack or death. Get yours to a healthy range before it's too late. Find out how at|oodPressure Amedcan~ edc=~ AssocH~ar~n ] Str Ass~ ki~don. Check. Change. ControL" o. k Change. Control TM