Donald Trump and Anti-Semitism
Here's what it comes down to. As much as some Jews try to deny it, Trump really is fighting against anti-Semitism, not just with the occasional statement, but with actions. Even though some Jews want to deny it.
Interestingly enough, J Street also called Trump “anti-Semitic,” but recently defended Muslim-American Reps. Ilhan Omar (pictured) and Rashida Tlaib, and denounced Israel’s decision to ban them from visiting that country.
“This reported decision by Prime Minister Netanyahu is dangerous, unacceptable and wrong. As sitting members of Congress representing hundreds of thousands of Americans in their districts, Reps. Omar and Tlaib have the same right as every one of their colleagues to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”
J Street also took a swipe at President Trump, stating that,” The fact that President Trump has already tweeted out his own call for these representatives to be denied entry illustrates that this decision is motivated purely by politics and ideology — not by the interests of the State of Israel. It is an affront to Congress and the American people and does severe damage to the US-Israel relationship — and it must be reversed immediately.”
But it's not just J Street.
Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council, called the president’s remarks “vile and bigoted.” Soifer also stated that the remarks were “anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel.
Here are the remarks in question:
One thing about Trump. He can kibbitz. And from the crowd's reaction, they know when he's kibbitzing . . . unlike Democrats and others suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).
Yet instead of reporting on the positive energy and warm reception, and the strengthening of the alliance between the current administration and the State of Israel, most outlets either focused on what the president did not say, or on the less polished, unscripted remarks that make the Trump presidency unlike any other before it.
The Jerusalem Post, for example, published an editorial headlined ‘Trump’s rhetoric,”” proclaiming that the president’s “remarks smacked of classic stereotypes of Jews,” and both the Post and Times of Israel focused coverage on comments that made for negative headlines, including Trump’s statement that some American Jews “don’t love Israel enough”—a sentiment many Jews in both America and Israel share with the president.
To Jonathan Tobin, Trump's speech was a "Rorschach Test for Jews."
In signing an executive order extending protections to Jewish students against anti-Semitic hate on college campuses due to vicious incitement and discriminatory actions promoted by the BDS movement, Trump has, in effect, provided us with a sanity test for Jews.
It consists of the following formulation: If you are so deranged with hatred of Trump and rabid partisanship that you are even prepared to denounce administration efforts to stop anti-Semitism, then you should immediately seek help.
Unfortunately, some Jews are flunking that test, though to be fair, their deluded reaction to the executive order has been influenced by biased media reports and statements coming from left-wing groups that are the product not so much of madness as of partisanship and anti-Zionist sympathies.
Yes, some of the accusations of anti-Semitism being hurled at Trump are based on the consumption of badly biased reporting, or as we now like to call it, fake news.
Our advice to Jews who still accuse Trump of being an anti-Semite (especially those Jews who deny Tlaib's, Omar's, and Sarsour's anti-Semitism or excuse it because "we don't agree on everything") watch the speech. Look at what Trump is doing and has done for Jews and Israel through the eyes of a Jew, not through the eyes of a biased News media or through the eyes of Jew-haters who want to define anti-Semitism away. Look through proud Jewish eyes that belong to a proud Jew who can look back on 3500 years of history.
In other words, do some extra reading, and start thinking for yourself.