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Holocaust comparison controversy: Rabbis send letter condemning video shown to Broken Arrow City Council

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 08:09:12-05

TULSA, Okla. — Two rabbis from Congregation B'nai Emunah, a synagogue based in Tulsa, issued a letter condemning a video that likened mask mandates to the Holocaust.

A citizen showed the video during last Tuesday's Broken Arrow City Council meeting.

Lori Gracey of Tulsa 912 Project, a conservative grassroots organization, compared mask wearing to a yellow star of David in Nazi Germany during a presentation she made at that council meeting.

The letter from rabbis Daniel Kaiman and Marc Fitzerman said using images of the Holocaust is exaggerated and insulting to victims and survivors.

"When you take something like the holocaust, the genocidal murder of millions of people, and compare it to a city council resolution requiring masks, the two things don't feel on par with one another," Kaiman explained.

The Jewish Federation of Tulsa also condemned Gracey's analogy through a statement on Facebook.

"This is not a fair, honest or equal comparison," the statement said. "Trivializing the Holocaust and demeaning the death of 6 million Jews is hurtful to the Jewish people."

Gracey told 2 Works for You she doesn't find her comparison insensitive and said she has Jewish family.

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