Partisanship of the Anne Frank Center is upsetting

To use Anne Frank’s name, an inspiring young girl killed by the Nazis, as a means of furthering a political agenda is despicable to say the least.

Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the organization, has denounced Trump several times for his failure to apparently address the rise of Anti-Semitism to his sufficient liking.

He called Trump’s recent statements, in regards to the recent spurt of anti-Semitism and the bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers, ‘a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration’, and a ‘pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism’.

This criticism towards Trump is not the first we’ve heard from the organization, as less than a month ago, Goldstein complained that Trump, “is beyond the wrong side of history” and said he is “driving our nation off a cliff.”

The Anne Frank Center, an organization created by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, was originally designed to educate those about Anne Frank, her life and the Holocaust.

Only last year, when Goldstein became Executive Director, did he change the name from the Anne Frank Center, to the Anne Frank Center of Mutual Respect, and decide to broaden the mandate.

Goldstein, compared Trump’s travel ban to Roosevelt’s treatment of Japanese-Americans when he forced them into internment camps.

To conflate the two is a gross exaggeration.

Trump’s ban was not specifically placed on Muslims.  The 5 countries with the largest amount of Muslims were not on the list.

Furthermore, the countries placed on the list were originally created by the DHS under the Obama Administration and were listed as “countries of concern”.

Indeed, these countries were designated by the DHS as hotbeds of terrorism.  Furthermore, Trump wasn’t advocating a complete ban of these countries, he was calling for a temporary ban until more intensive vetting processes could be put in place.  Moreover, this was done in the name of border security and protecting national interests,  whereas Roosevelt’s policy against Japanese-Americans was simply racist.

Clearly, as we have seen from the Center, there has been no denunciation of Obama, and his anti-Israel policies, so to vehemently complain about Trump’s policies is somewhat perplexing.

He has declared unyielding support for Israel many times, calling them our “greatest ally” in the Middle-East.  Even so, his daughter Ivanka is an orthodox Jew.

Needless to say, it’s wrong for Goldstein to assume that Anne Frank would’ve disagreed with Trump, and to use her name as a means to further a partisan agenda is contemptible, and should be seen as such.

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BA in Media Studies from the University of Guelph. Graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a Diploma in Journalism. Former Research Analyst for Honest Reporting Canada. Published in the Huffington Post, Vancouver Province and many other newspapers across Canada. Specializes in Middle-East politics. Currently situated in Toronto.

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