Pope Francis was recently criticized by the American Jewish Committee for his ‘regrettable’ comments regarding Muslim refugee centers. The Pope seemed to compare the refugees’ resettlement centers to concentration camps, while talking to migrants.
The Pope was talking about a trip he had recently made to a refugee camp on Lesbos Island in the Mediterranean Sea. He told migrants about a Christian refugee he met there who told him that his wife was killed over the crucifix because she refused to throw it on the ground.
“I don’t know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps – many of them – are concentration… because there is a great number of people left there inside them.”
He further said that other people have to bear an “extra burden” to help the refugees because, “it seems that international accords are more important than human rights.”
“If every municipality in Italy took in just two migrants there would be a place for everyone,” he added.
David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee explained why the group opposed the Pope’s comments. He said, “The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult, and deserve still greater international attention, but concentration camps they certainly are not.”
It is well known how the Nazis rounded up the Jews and other “undesirables” from the nations they invaded, into concentration camps for Hitler’s so called “Final Solution.” It is quite clear that this bears little resemblance to the current refugee crisis and how the refugees are fleeing war and seeking sanctuary in Europe while they are stalled for immigration processes.
“The Nazis and their allies erected and used concentration camps for slave labor and the extermination of millions of people during World War II,” Harris added. “There is no comparison to the magnitude of that tragedy.”
“We respectfully urge the Pope to reconsider his regrettable choice of words,” concluded Harris. “Precision of language and facts is absolutely essential when making any historical reference, all the more so when coming from such a prominent and admired world figure.”
Recently, the Pope has been criticized by many in the West, for harboring left-wing opinions and views. However, the left has also slammed him for not being too revolutionary.