Two Jewish Groups Outraged Over Cochran’s Fuhrman-Hitler Comparison
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A Jewish group called O.J. Simpson’s attorney ``insulting and demeaning″ for comparing Detective Mark Fuhrman to Adolf Hitler. A second group called the analogy ``wholly inappropriate.″
In his closing argument Thursday, Johnnie Cochran Jr. denounced Fuhrman as a ``genocidal racist″ with power, similar to Hitler.
The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith called that comparison outrageous.
``However vile Fuhrman’s words have been, the comparison to Hitler’s deeds is insulting and demeaning to the millions of his victims and to a world that was racked by war for six years,″ the group said in a statement.
``The world knows Mark Fuhrman is a racist and an anti-Semite to boot,″ said Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. ``That said, Johnnie Cochran’s comparison of one racist Los Angeles policeman to mass murderer Adolf Hitler was, to say, the least, completely inaccurate and wholly inappropriate.″