A wave of anti-Semitic attacks is sweeping the US.
On March 2, vandals attacked the third Jewish cemetery in less than two weeks, in one case knocking down or damaging 539 large headstones. Since the beginning of 2017, there have been at least 128 bomb threats at 87 different Jewish community centers and schools across the country.
Despite the increase in bomb threats and vandalism directed at the Jewish community since his inauguration, Donald Trump waited weeks to publicly condemn the attacks, doing so only after a public outcry and criticism from government officials and some prominent Jewish leaders.
That Trump would hesitate to condemn this wave of anti-Semitism should surprise no one, considering that he has not flinched at including in his administration open anti-Semites such as Steve Bannon. On the campaign trail, Trump shared an image of Hillary Clinton with a pile of cash, a Star of David and the words “Most corrupt candidate ever!”
Then there was the time Trump refused to disavow the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. And in various press conferences, Trump has suggested that recent anti-Semitic attacks were staged by Jews or Democrats aiming to make his administration look bad.
So it’s not difficult to figure out where Trump stands. But what’s shocking — or at least should be — is the warm regard for Trump, despite his obvious embrace of anti-Semitism, among many pro-Israel political figures.
For example, an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz titled “The Five Top Jewish Leaders More Concerned With Threats to Trump Than to US Jews,” notes that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who “has always prided himself on condemning anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it happens,” has been notably silent, appearing …read more