Justin Bieber's comments in a guest book at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam are being debated around the world, with varying degrees of sympathy.
Allison Kaplan Sommer, a columnist for the Tel Aviv-based daily Haaretz, wrote:
Bieber might be better at singing songs and making girls swoon than in penning meaningful impressions at the Anne Frank house. But let's give him some credit for going there in the first place.
Scott Simon, a host on US-based National Public Radio, said on Twitter:
Anne would be wise enough to just laugh.
Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League which exists "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people", said:
If you read Anne Frank’s diary, she was into celebrities, she was into pop culture. So for [Bieber] to say he would have hoped that she would have been a fan, it’s a nice thing.