Trump meets Homer Simpson
What did Trump get up to in Israel?
Yad Vashem is Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Established in 1953, it has one million visitors each year and is Israel’s second most popular tourist attraction behind the Wailing Wall.
It is part museum, part archive and part memorial. It contains the biographical details of more than 4.5 million Holocaust victims, documents and artefacts from the concentration camps, a section dedicated to the children victims, photographs, a library and more photographs.
It also provides a space for quiet reflection.
Yad Vashem is a customary stop for world leaders and heads of state.
President Obama visited in 2008 and left this note in the guest book.
I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution….At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world.”
Hilary Clinton visited in 2009 and she left this note in the book
”Yad Vashem is a testament to the power of truth in the face of denial, the resilience of the human spirit in the face of despair, the triumph of the Jewish people over murder and destruction and a reminder to all people that the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten,”
George W Bush also visited in 2008. He was moved to tears while walking through the displays. His note in the guest book simply said
“God bless Israel”
Our former Prime Minster John Howard visited in 2000. He laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and with lips trembling wrote the following in the guest book
“As Prime Minister of Australia, I express my sorrow and distress at the appalling tragedy which overcame the Jewish people. The eclipse of humanity which led to their suffering is without parallel in human history.“
Where does Homer Simpson fit into this blog?
President Trump visited Yad Vashem last month. In the guest book he left the following message in his childish block print (of course no more than 140 characters because that is all he can ever write)
“”IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS- SO AMAZING + WILL NEVER FORGET”
“So amazing….” really.
Something I would have expected Homer Simpson to write.
But enough. I fear I am giving Trump too much blog space. No more for a while.