World Jewish Congress: President Duterte must retract statement and apologize

The World Jewish Congress has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to apologize and retract his statement comparing the mass killings under Adolf Hitler and what he wants his war against illegal drugs to be. “We just marked the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar, the massacre of more than 33,000 Jews in Ukraine by Nazi Germany, in a mere two days,” said Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress

“Now, the elected leader of the Philippines openly calls for the mass murder of people who are addicted to drugs,” Lauder said.

“Drug abuse is a serious issue. But what President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life that is truly heart-breaking for the democratically elected leader of a great country. President Duterte must retract them and apologize,” he added.

President Duterte said in Davao City after arriving from Vietnam that “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million, there’s a three million drug addict. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

“At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have you know, my victims, I would like to be, all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition,” he added.

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