Israel has demanded that CNN and it’s International anchor, Christiane Amanpour apologize after she compared US President Trump’s four years in the White House to Kristallnacht – the deadly night at the start of the Holocaust .
During Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” Nazis terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria on Nov. 9-10, 1938. They killed at least 91 people and vandalized 7,500 Jewish businesses. They also burned more than 1,400 synagogues, according to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
Amanpour said during a segment over the weekend, commemorating 82 years after Kristallnacht, that the event “was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity and, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history, and proof.”
She added “After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal.”
Israel did not take her comment lightly and the government has now asked her to apologize.
Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevich said that CNN “should be a partner in the global effort to fight anti-Semitism and not fuel the fire,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
“Using the memory of the Holocaust for cheap headlines or a political agenda is concerning and distorts the historical and moral truth,” Yankelevich added.
In a letter sent to CNN executive vice president Rick Davis, Israeli Consul-General in Atlanta, Anat Sultan-Dadon detailed the historic significance of Kristallnacht before lambasting Amanpour for disrespecting those who perished by using the Holocaust for political means.