France to open anti-hate crime bureau after Jewish cemetery desecrated
France is to open a national bureau to lead the fight against hate crimes after 107 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in the northeast of the country, the interior minister said on Wednesday. The daubing of swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on the graves at the cemetery in Westhoffen around 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Strasbourg in the Alsace region was the latest racist attack to shock the country.
American Jewish groups strongly criticized President Donald Trump for remarks he made at the Israeli American Council's National Summit in Florida on Saturday, calling the comments "anti-Semitic."
During his speech, Trump complained that some Jews "don't love Israel enough" and that "the Jewish state has never had a better friend in office than your president." He also said "a lot of you are in the real estate business, because I know you very well."
Jewish graves in France defaced with Nazi symbols
President Emmanuel Macron vows to fight anti-Semitism as gravestones are daubed with swastikas.
"You're brutal killers. Not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me, you have no choice," he added
Jewish-American groups told Newsweek that the comments played into "anti-Semitic tropes" and could have "deadly consequences." Some said Trump was essentially suggesting that American-Jews should also necessarily be supportive of Israel and the government's right-wing policies, which played into the anti-Semitic "dual-loyalty" trope often used to attack Jews in the U.S. and other countries.
"President Trump's statements are outrageous and play on multiple anti-Semitic tropes. His speech lays bare the depth of anti-Semitism within the GOP," Emily Mayer, political director at IfNotNow, a progressive Jewish-American activist group, said.
Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses
WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting what he sees as anti-Semitism on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal money from educational institutions that fail to combat discrimination, three administration officials said on Tuesday. The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, to trigger a federal law penalizing colleges and universities deemed to be shirking their responsibility to foster an open climate for minority students, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the matter before the announcement.
"We know this rhetoric can have deadly consequences, and as Jews, we call on the Republican Party to disavow the white nationalism and anti-Semitism that exists within their ranks in such open display," she added.
Rabbi Aliss Wise, co-acting executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, another progressive Jewish-American group, shared similar sentiments.
"It is unsurprising – and reprehensible – that President Trump can't manage to address a Jewish audience without immediately peddling in anti-Semitic tropes. More and more American Jews are critical of Israel, disgusted by Trump's enabling of white supremacy, and actively supporting presidential candidates who oppose anti-Semitism and racism," she said. Wise added that Trump had "deployed sinister stereotypes of Jewish people."
Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, described the president's remarks as "deeply offensive" and "unconscionable" in an official statement emailed to Newsweek.
Thousands rally around Holocaust survivor who received anti-Semitic threats
Hundreds of Italian mayors and thousands of citizens took to Milan's streets on Tuesday in a show of solidarity for a Holocaust survivor who was put under police protection after receiving anti-Semitic threats. © Luca Bruno/AP Liliana Segre, an 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor, center, with Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala during an anti-racism demonstration in northern Italy. Senator-for-life Liliana Segre, 89, was only 13 when she was deported to Auschwitz.
"We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president – once again – used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel. He even had the audacity to suggest that Jews 'have no choice' but to support him," Soifer said.
She noted that support for Republicans among American-Jews has dropped significantly since Trump took office. "Jewish support for the GOP has been halved since Trump has been in office, from 33 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2018, because Trump's policies and rhetoric are completely antithetical to Jewish values," she said.
"The President of the United States is incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview," the pro-Israel liberal American group J Street wrote on Twitter.
Newsweek has reached out to the White House and the Trump campaign for comment.
Trump has strongly supported the right-wing policies of Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leaderfor corruption and bribery, and has failed to form a government following two elections in 2019.
Philadelphia Police Increasing Patrols To Synagogues Following Deadly Shootout At Jewish Market In Jersey City
Officials say the Jewish market was targeted and two shooters planned the deadly attack. The incident began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, when officers confronted two people they believed looked suspicious.The ensuing standoff lasted hours, bringing a busy neighborhood to a standstill during an intense gun battle.Police believe the suspects may have been planning an even larger attack. After reviewing surveillance videos, Jersey City officials say the two shooters targeted a Jewish kosher deli.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has gone against decades of U.S. policy toward Israel, moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move was widely condemned by the international community and led to significant backlash from Palestinians, who also claim the historic city as their capital. More recently, the Trump administration announced that itIsraeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories "illegal," despite the consensus of the international community.
Trump made similarly controversial comments that were strongly criticized by American-Jewish groups. He said at the time that Jews who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."
Trump hosts pastor who says Jews are going to hell at White House Hanukkah party .
The White House hosted an evangelical pastor who has said that Jews "can't be saved."Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas called Trump "the most pro-faith president in history" at the Wednesday event.