The fight to push for removing religious exemptions from required vaccines and immunizations has already brought God into the fight — but now it seems to be pulling in the Holocaust as well.
And Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz wants nothing to do with it.
“I am truly sickened by the horrifying rhetoric that has emerged among anti-vaxxers,” Dinowitz said, in a release.
“On my own social media pages, I have received numerous comments of this highly offensive nature, and I am grateful to the Anti-Defamation League for speaking out against this growing problem.
“To compare school vaccine requirements to genocide is intentionally inflammatory and goes beyond what our society should be willing to accept in regular discourse. In fact, it’s disgusting.”
Some opponents to mandatory vaccination laws have adopted the Star of David — a symbol for Jews in the Holocaust of World War II — to represent their own interests in the movement. Dinowitz called such usage “morally repugnant.”
“We cannot let this ugly propaganda deter us from keeping our children safe,” said the lawmaker, who supports requiring vaccinations and immunizations for everyone in New York, no matter what religious laws might prohibit for some of its followers.
“Vaccine hesitancy is one of the top threats to global health, and there are active outbreaks of measles in our own backyard,” Dinowitz said. “We cannot wait for someone to die before we take action.”
Measles outbreaks have been reported in some of the state’s Jewish communities, and can threaten anyone exposed to them, even those who have been immunized.
City officials have since ordered mandatory vaccines for some parts of Brooklyn, affected by the outbreak.