Head of Anti Defemation League pledges to register as Muslim, if Donald Trump creates a database of Muslim Americans.
If one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their
identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a
"As Jews, we know the righteous and just response. All of us have heard the story of the Danish king who said if his country’s Jews had to wear a gold star…all of Denmark would too.
"So I pledge to you right here and now, because I care about the fight against anti-Semitism, that if one day in these United States, if one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim."
Greenblatt added that Americans must stand against all forms of discrimination regardless of which group it targets.
Following Greenblatt's speech, ADL started a pledge on Twitter, urging their followers to state that " If Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then I will register as a Muslim in solidarity."
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Trump's critics has long likened this proposed policy to the mandatory registration of Jews in Nazi Germany.
'I will register'Thousands of Americans also voiced their criticsm about Trump administration's plans for some sort of a data base and pledged that they will also register as a Muslim if such a policy is implemented in the US.
The idea of Muslim registration arose in November 2015, when Trump told a reporter that he would "absolutely" implement that policy.
"I would certainly implement that, absolutely," Trump said, during a campaign event in Iowa. "There should be a lot of systems beyond databases," he added, "We should have a lot of systems".
On Thursday, a high profile Trump supporter, Carl Higbie, talked about the policy on Fox News and said that a Muslim registry proposal being discussed by Trump’s immigration advisers would be legal and would "hold constitutional muster."
"We’ve done it with Iran back awhile ago," he said. "We did it during World War II with the Japanese."
There have been several reports of racist, Islamophobic and anti-semitic incidents since the election that have sparked outrage, including a mosque at New York University’s Brooklyn campus being vandalised, and several Muslim women reporting Trump supporters attempting to rip off their headscarves.
A videotaped assault in Chicago showed black men beating a white man as onlookers screamed, "You voted Trump!"
Hundreds of Americans also detailed on social media racist attacks that have taken place since the election.