A group against anti-Semitism is inviting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to tour Nazi concentration camps.
The invitation, tweeted by Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind, was in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s recent comments comparing immigration detention facilities to Nazi camps.
“In light of the recent controversy surrounding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s referencing of ‘concentration camps’ from WWII to make a point about migrant detention facilities in America, it has become clear that the congresswoman is quite unfamiliar with the history of concentration camps and the Holocaust.”
He offered the trip as a way for Democratic lawmakers to understand why their comments were controversial.
“Therefore, Americans Against Antisemitism feels it necessary (a teachable moment) to offer Ocasio-Cortez, as well as her colleagues who have likewise exhibited a great lacking of education in this domain like Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib,” said the statement posted by Hikind.
Hey @AOC please join the Congressional Delegation Tour of Nazi Camps so you can get a proper, and free Education on the Holocaust.
At least that way you won’t have to rely on “experts” for your judgements and can decide for yourself! pic.twitter.com/ia1cZ9LrpL
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) June 21, 2019
While the statement said that the trip’s goal was to educate the lawmakers, the organization knew they were not likely to change the politicians’ beliefs.
“Our offer stands open and ready,” the statement read. “We do not expect that these members will change their opinions after the visit, but at the very least, they could claim to have done their homework before opening their mouths on a subject whose magnitude far exceeds their current aptitude.”
However, the group claimed that continuing to distort the information would do more harm than good.
“It is our sincere hope that they don’t allow their Holocaust miseducation to continue distorting the picture of both the past and the present as that always leads to a darker future,” said Hikind.
Ocasio-Cortez falsely claims Trump is operating concentration camps, compares the situation to the Holocaust: “The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something … we need to do something about it” pic.twitter.com/F2MmZ8y2dT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
As IJR Red reported, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that America “is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” a comment that quickly received backlash. It is uncertain if the lawmakers will accept Hikind’s invitation.