August 23rd, 2010
10:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Mark Williams defends 'Judenrat' remark, proposes American community center in Mecca

Mark Williams on Monday night defended using the term ‘Judenrat’ to describe New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mark Williams on Monday night defended using the term ‘Judenrat’ to describe New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Washington (CNN) – Former Tea Party Express spokesperson Mark Williams on Monday night defended his latest blog posting in which he called New York City Michael Bloomberg a "Judenrat" and said that one of the journalists who wrote about it "has never read a book" and has "an appalling ignorance" of the Holocaust.

In the blog entry, Williams wrote: "Politically correct Judenrats like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and (Manhattan Borough President) Scott Stringer and domestic enemies who are supporting the mosque - with open ties to Islamic Terrorist organizations and supporting states are doing nothing more than erecting a giant middle finger to be thrust at the victims of 911."

In response to TPMMuckraker's Evan McMorris-Santoro story about the post, Williams appended his posting to say that Judenrat "is a derogatory term for the Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. Judenrats were Jews who turned in people like Anne Frank."

"Bloomberg and Stringer are exactly that, selling out not just Jews but all Civilized Mankind to the 21 Century Nazi ideology of Radical Islam as represented by Ground Zero Mosque," Williams wrote.

The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise defines the term as "Jewish councils" that were coerced by the Nazis to perform administrative duties as the German army took control of Poland and the Soviet Union.

According to the AICE, they "were responsible for organizing the orderly deportation to the death camps, for detailing the number and occupations of the Jews in the ghettos, for distributing food and medical supplies, and for communicating the orders of the ghetto Nazi masters. The Nazis enforced these orders on the Judenrat with threats of terror, which were given credence by beatings and executions."

Neither a spokesperson for Bloomberg nor a representative from the United States Holocaust Museum were available after hours to comment.

Williams also told CNN that he wants to build a "mirror image" of the Islamic community center known as Park51 in Mecca that would be dedicated to showcasing American values. He said he "would personally commit myself to coming up with funding for such a center."

"How about we reinforce the peaceful, moderate nature that Islam claims to be and how about we have an Uncle Sam center to introduce people to the understanding of human rights," Williams told CNN exclusively.

The former Tea Party Express spokesman went even further and said he would drop his opposition to Park51 if he were allowed to build a "mutual understanding center" in the holiest Muslim city on Earth.

"I will buy into the notion that this imam [Park51 developer Faisal Rauf] is legitimate and he is sincere," Williams said. "I am as sincere and legitimate as he is. If he is willing to take that step and work toward that step [of building an American community center in Mecca], I will do everything in my power that I'm able to make good on my end of the bargain."

Williams said the center would house a copy of the United States Constitution and showcase the "ideas behind it." He described it as a shrine to limited government, individual rights, personal liberty and equality.

"We obviously have a lot to learn about Islam, but Islam has even more to learn about us," Williams said.

Williams was expelled from the Tea Party Express group last month after writing a mock letter from NAACP president Benjamin Jealous to the late President Abraham Lincoln, which he defended as satire.

"Dear Mr. Lincoln," the blog post read, "We [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don't cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People and we demand that it stop!"


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Sgt. Joe

    Is this guy for real? This angers me to no end; to think I once fought for this idiot's freedom? He obviously does not know what freedom is in this country. Glad we at least have a President who does.

    August 24, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Bob of Lompoc

    Republicans, not fit to serve in public office. Bloomberg is an Independent, not a Democrat. This guy Williams has been drinking the hard stuff again. What happens in ones life that leads to this form of behavior? The Racial and Ethnic hatred is beyond anything I have seen in my 68 years, including Redneck actions against Blacks in the 60s/70s. Aren't there enough decent Republicans around to get rid of this guy?

    August 24, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Two words only come to mind to describe this person since he does not deserve the adjective gentleman!
    RACIST AND BIGOTED, there are other more strident and strong descriptions but they get even more rude like the man himself, so me being a gentleman; I'll refrain.
    My worry is that this guy still has strong connection to the tea party, I just hope we americans have the common sense never to elect this guy into any political office.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 24, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. Mike

    Simply stated Mark Williams and people like him are bigots–he and his ilk are intolerant of any opinions other than their own. Mark Williams epitomizes the new "intolerant and ignorant American." He should familiarize himself with history and see the damage that people like himself do–truly unAmerican and repugnant.

    August 24, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Mark Williams's serious use of the word "Judenrat" to describe Mayor Bloomberg and MBP Stringer was terrible.
    However, his suggestion of an American Cultural Center in Mecca affords an apt image of the appropriateness of an Islamic Cultural Center at the site of the World Trade Center.
    The only lack in his comparison is that American terrorists have not attacked Mecca.

    August 24, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. Patriot

    Williams is luck y he doesn't live in Germany where his comments would lead him to prosecution today.

    Way to be protected by the U.S. Constitution all the teabaggers say is being torn apart by Obama and the Democrats...

    Absolute Hypocrisy...Pure GOP

    August 24, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  7. Sharon

    And CNN has this guy on some of its shows? Are you kidding? What a disgrace!

    August 24, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. Moke

    So sad that a great country like ours is listening to fools like this idiot. Since when did we become the country of fear as oppose to the country of the brave.

    August 24, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  9. Gymo

    Isn't it time the Media became more responsible and stop giving these Loonies a platform to rage their nonsense.
    The Media has now become a collaborator in the hate being spewed and now by becoming a megaphone for any and all anti minority message these Kooks want broadcast.
    The Media is actively contributing to the rot that is destroying the American society.

    August 24, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  10. David Moscovitz

    Hey Williams, Abdul Rauf, the Iman, is pro-Israel! you stupid nut job. He's a Sufi Muslim, a totally non-violent sect, and is presently on tour promoting life in the United States. How ignorant can one American be.

    August 24, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  11. Michael James

    So Mayor Bloomberg is a "Judenrat" and a "domestic enemy."
    We may have a First Amendment, but as those statements so clearly illustrate, nothing in the Constitution can protect Mr. Williams from looking the fool. That we even bother to report and comment on such hateful language suggests how barren our political discourse is becoming.
    What a waste.

    August 24, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  12. Bob

    With regard to the mosque, all I feel is that the law says that Mr. Feisal has a right to build it, and that nothing can come in the way of the law of this land. Opposition to the project is also protected by the constitution, and, for the right reasons, is perfectly fine. However, Mr. Williams has opposed the project with an unbelievably hateful and racist zeal, and, in doing so, has spat directly on the Constitution that he claims to hold in such high esteem. The Constitution doesn't advocate racism or malice. It advocates healthy, respectful disagreement. This man, who calls Islam a radical religion is a radical of another order. He is brave to claim that Muslims don't understand American values when he doesn't understand them himself.

    August 24, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  13. ysidero

    Williams is a disgrace to humanity. He is an ignorant bigot and a loudmouthed exemplar of everything that is wrong with the far Right today. I await Rush's weighing in on this one. (And what a lot of weight that would be)

    August 24, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  14. Aaron

    No one can accuse this guy of being politically correct....or of having a lick of good sense.

    August 24, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  15. John Williams

    The freedom to practice one's religion should be a right for everyone everywhere. I do not agree with Mark on many issues but I do agree with him that an American Community Center should be built in Saudi Arabia to highlight our close relationship. I also believe that everyone should enjoy freedom of worship everywhere. In this regard I support the building of the mosque near Ground Zero and urge the Cornerstone Church of Pastor John Hagee to immediately enter into negotiations with the appropriate saudi authorities for the building of a church in Saudi Arabia. I am sure that American Muslims and other Muslims who believe in justice and freedom of worship will support this request.

    August 24, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  16. Marcus

    This guy is clueless!!!
    Some of the 'judenrats' were so ashamed of having to do what they did that they commited suicide (ask to any jew what does that means in their faith) as it was the ONLY WAY OUT of being a 'judenrat'!!!
    There was no other way (except if the nazis they were forced to report to were not pleased with their job and killed them as a way to incentivate the other 'judenrats')!!!
    They were (granted all the proportions and considerations about each cases) like those American citizens of Japanese ancestry that were in Japan when Pearl Harbor was attacked and afterwards were forced to join the Japanese Imperial Army to fight the US, most (if not all) were tried after the war for obvious TREASON against the US, but save ONE case (a guy who loved to torture people...) they were all acquainted!

    August 24, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  17. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    A Tea Partier telling a Jewish politician they know nothing about the Holocaust. It appears that the Tea Party folks are not satisfied with being Racists, Sexists, Homophobes, against people from anywhere but America and disliking anyone who needs public assitance for any reason (food stamps, unemployment, etc). Now they want to add anti-semitism to their collection of labels.

    Got to admire their sense of themselves. Apparently their folks, who have lost almost all of the races they have contended for, feel no need to try and mediate their dislike for everyone that does not fit their sense of who the master race is. Go Team.

    August 24, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  18. Don

    Who the heck does this nutcase, Williams, think he is? We are not at war with Islam! Mayor Bloomberg isn't a sellout. Hundreds of thousand Muslims live in New York City and many of them risk their lives saving ours like they did on 911! They are a part of NYC and will be for a very long time. Quit your racist BS; you're worse than the salmonella that is attacking innocent folks around this great land!!!

    August 24, 2010 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
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