Jewish groups are condemning the use of Holocaust comparisons by people opposing coronavirus vaccination and mask-wearing.
The big picture: Cities across the country are seeing protests against vaccination and masking requirements amid a surge in COVID-19 cases thanks to the Delta variant and pressures to reopen schools and businesses.
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Driving the news: Oklahoma GOP chairman John Bennett on Friday, in a Facebook post, compared companies requiring employees to get vaccines to Nazi Germany forcing Jews to wear the yellow Star of David on their clothes.
New Mexico on Saturday saw a number of anti-mask protests where some demonstrators held signs also linking school mask requirements to the Nazi-era yellow Star of David clothing order.
In Charlotte, N.C., one demonstrator held a sign with a swastika during a protest against a health care system's mandate that all employees get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Others called the mandate "genocide."
A board member of a county GOP arm in Minnesota resigned after posting on Facebook an image of a Nazi officer, comparing the state's mask mandate to the Holocaust.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) compared officials carrying out President Joe Biden's vaccination push to Nazi-era "brown shirts," weeks after apologizing for her comments comparing Capitol Hill mask-wearing rules to the Holocaust.
Similar comparisons have been made in Europe. In March, a demonstration in the French city of Avignon saw some participants wearing yellow stars marked with the words, “Not Vaccinated."
A Dutch conservative party in May suggested on the country’s Holocaust Memorial Day that new COVID-19 measures have undone the liberation from the Nazis.
What they're saying: “It shouldn’t need to be said, but there’s simply no comparison between mask mandates or vaccine requirements in the U.S. and what happened during the Holocaust," Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement to Axios.
"These comparisons are odious and deeply offensive to Jews and those Americans who fought valiantly to defeat the Nazis in World War II. They only serve to trivialize the true horrors of the Nazi regime."
"Given that Minnesota rabbis recently spoke out in favor of a mask mandate, comparing that mandate to the Holocaust feels especially disgusting," the Minnesota-based Jewish Community Action recently tweeted.
Don't forget: Anti-Semitic episodes in the U.S. more than doubled in May 2021 compared to a year ago, according to the ADL's Center on Extremism.
Cases in the Washington, D.C. region rose to an all-time high in 2020, the group said.
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