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This afternoon, President Donald Trump will visit Pittsburgh and the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where 11 Jews were murdered on Saturday as they prayed, in the Tree of Life synagogue. It is reported that several politicians are declining to appear with the president, among them Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. What follows are three statements from progressive Jewish groups on the massacre.

The Pittsburgh branch of Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish organization committed to racial equality, sent an open letter to the president saying he had “incited” the killings and asking him not to come to Pittsburgh till he denounces white nationalism. Some excerpts:

For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism.

Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.

The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.

The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.

This means all of us.

In our neighbors, Americans, and people worldwide who have reached out to give our community strength, there we find the image of God. While we cannot speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say:

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.

Jeremy Ben-Ami of the liberal Zionist Jewish group J Street writes, that Pittsburgh did not “happen in a vacuum.” He opposes the “both sides” claim of some Israel defenders, that both left and right are responsible for what Ben-Ami terms “the nightmarish proliferation of hatred, white nationalism and anti-Semitic tropes” that are the context for the violence. Excerpts:

This hate crime did not take place in a vacuum. It’s clear that the murderer was motivated in part by a belief that liberal American Jews, including groups like the refugee aid organization HIAS, were working to help immigrants and people of color subvert “the white race” in this country.

And it’s clear that this kind of anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic thought has been spread not only by far-right groups, but by President Trump and some of his allies in the Republican party. In the lead up to next week’s pivotal midterm elections, we have seen a transparent effort by Trump and some Republican candidates to turn bigotry and fear into a political weapon.

In rallies and political ads and social media posts, they have dehumanized immigrants and refugees seeking a better life in this country. They have claimed that Democrats and “globalists” — a common alt-right code word for Jews — seek to promote immigration and violence in order to endanger and undermine average Americans.

In particular, the president and GOP leaders have spread vicious conspiracy theories about the prominent Jewish philanthropist George Soros. Relying on a classic anti-Semitic trope, official campaign ads funded by the National Republican Campaign Committee have portrayed Soros as an evil, all-powerful puppet master controlling Democratic candidates, refugees and protesters.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted that Soros may be paying the “caravan” of asylum-seekers to “storm the US border.” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) traveled to Austria to tell a far-right website that Soros may be funding the “Great Replacement” of the white race — a major neo-Nazi conspiracy theory. Even after a bomb was sent in the mail to Soros’ home, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) posted — and later deleted — a tweet charging that Soros and two other billionaires of Jewish descent were seeking to “buy” the election.

These toxic conspiracy theories and dog whistles are being used to mobilize voters. But they’re also sowing hatred against journalists, immigrants, Latinos, Muslims and Jews — hatred that can and has led to violence…

We cannot allow the president and his defenders to excuse the incitement and violence by blaming it on the media, or on “both sides.” It was appalling to see Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, give a TV interview in which he lauded President Trump’s response to the Pittsburgh attack and, instead of talking about right-wing white supremacism, pivoted to blaming leftist college students for the rise of anti-Semitism.

Yes, there is anti-Semitism on the left, which must be denounced and fought. But the violence in Pittsburgh and the massive threat to our community clearly stems from an empowered, xenophobic far right. For any pundit, Jewish communal leader or Israeli official to pretend otherwise, in order to shield Trump and the Republican Party from taking appropriate responsibility, is dangerous and delusional.

We must speak out about the ways in which the Netanyahu government has frequently given praise and cover to Trump and those who spread the ideology and rhetoric of the far-right — and engaged in similar incitement against refugees, activists and political critics. It was jarring to see Minister for Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett fly into Pittsburgh to support the Jewish community, when Bennett himself has launched racist tirades against Arabs, refugee “infiltrators” and the liberal activists who support them.

Just as Israeli leaders often call on American Jews to listen closely to their concerns, they now should take care to listen closely to our concerns and needs. It was outrageous to see Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi refuse to refer to the Conservative Tree of Life congregation as a synagogue — and profoundly disappointing to see Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay respond to the tragedy by calling on more Jews to immigrate to Israel.

This is a time for grief and for healing — and also for honesty, openness and action. The Tree of Life community was attacked in part because it represents so much of what is good and righteous about our tradition: compassion for others, welcoming the stranger.

Those who despise those principles, who hate and fear all those who are “different,” will always be a danger to the Jewish people — especially when they are emboldened by some of the most powerful people in our country. But the millions of Americans who share our values will stand alongside us, just as we stand alongside them.

“Together we heal, united we fight” is the title of the Jewish Voice for Peace statement, which cites the hate-crime murders of two black people in their 60s last Wednesday.

This week was devastating. In Kentucky, two Black people – Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones – were killed by a white supremacist who first tried to enter a Black church. And in Pennsylvania, 11 Jewish people were killed in a synagogue by a man who believed Jews were behind a caravan of refugees and asylum seekers. The loss of elders in both cases is unbearable.

But now is not the time to surrender to despair.

Now is the time to grieve, to mourn, to heal. Now is the time to find strength in solidarity, between neighbors and across communities.

This week reminds us in the most painful way: We cannot fight antisemitism without fighting racism, without fighting anti-refugee vitriol, without fighting anti-Black acts of hate.

In the Torah portion that Jewish people all over the world read this last weekend, Abraham – a prophet in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – displays deep hospitality, inviting strangers in and feeding them.

With that lesson in mind, we say: President Trump, we reject your implication that guns and increased policing would have saved lives, we reject your fear-mongering against those who seek safety, and we reject all the ways you and your supporters would create a U.S. that vilifies immigrants and refugees.

We say loud and clear: Our Judaism values protecting the strangers among us. Our safety is bound up in the safety of those around us…

Greater safety comes when those in power stop stoking the flames of hatred and emboldening white supremacy.

We are not fooled by the Israeli government’s sudden concern for a diaspora it regularly disdains, we remember and condemn its abuse of Palestinians, refugees and asylum-seekers, and we refute its false promise of safety through militarism. Our home is where our community is.

Now we push through our grief, and say: Never again, for anyone.

Here are excerpts of the statement from IfNotNow, titled, “Mourning and Defiant: Young Jews Know that Trump Is to Blame.”

As young American Jews taking responsibility for the future of our community, we refuse to mince words. The blood spilled yesterday is on Trump’s hands. The antisemitic rhetoric of Trump and other Republican leaders was a direct inspiration for this attack — we cannot ignore that fact.

The rise of antisemitism over the last year has been well documented. This increase in terror is not a coincidence — it is the Trump presidency. Conservative leaders like Kevin McCarthy, Steve King, and Trump are using George Soros and “globalism” as bogeymen to lead a violent resurgence of white nationalism and antisemitism.

11 American Jews were killed because their synagogue embodied the Jewish values of supporting refugees and immigrants. 11 American Jews were killed after a week of conservative leaders pushing the antisemitic lie that paints Jews like Soros as responsible for the Honduran migrant caravan — and paints immigrants and asylum seekers as a danger to the country. This is just one example how antisemitism sits at the root of white nationalism…

This weekend, we mourn and hold each other close, knowing that many members of our community have been targeted by more than one of the Trump Administration’s fascist attacks this week. Tomorrow, we will be fighting back against those who wish us all out of existence. This fight is not ours alone. Our safety depends on solidarity.

Also, not an official statement, but, the musician Pharrell Williams issued a legal warning to Donald Trump objecting to the use of Williams’s song, Happy, at a campaign rally on the same day as the massacre. Daily News:

A lawyer for the musician filed a cease and desist letter against the President Monday after Trump used his song, “Happy,” during a political rally in Indiana Saturday.

“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” the letter, acquired by the Daily News, reads.

“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

And here is a response on twitter by Rafael Shimunov, a member of IfNotNow and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, to the bizarre invocation last night by Loren Jacobs, a messianic Christian rabbi, at a speech by VP Mike Pence.

Normally, a Rabbi would open with Kaddish, a prayer for the dead – and list names of those taken. And blessings to the community at risk, Jews, immigrants, etc. Here, it is instead a prayer for Republican candidates to win on November 6 and a blessing for Mike Pence…. [T]hey need to placate Jews and allies who support them without alienating their white nationalist base.

When Trump first spoke about the synagogue attack, he opened with a joke about how he almost cancelled cause his hair got wet….

Now, even in inviting this speaker – they literally use it to coopt our holiest traditions – things Jews have been murdered for practicing – and using it to step on the dead. This is no mistake, it’s a message to their base. Their intention is a Christian nation by any means.

 

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  1. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    October 30, 2018, 2:50 pm

    Everybody seems to be ignoring the shooter was an anti-Trump fanatic. This obviously is of no importance when MW wants to make its obsessive talking points

    • Keith
      Keith
      October 30, 2018, 4:51 pm

      DABAKR- “Everybody seems to be ignoring the shooter was an anti-Trump fanatic.”

      Thanks for this. I haven’t been following this closely and based upon the coverage merely assumed that Robert Bowers was a Trump supporter. First a quote, then I’ll continue.

      “Mr. Bowers, in his posts, did not support President Donald Trump, and circulated memes characterizing the president as a puppet of Jewish interests, the analysis indicated.” http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/29/Robert-Bowers-suspect-gunman-Pittsburgh-Tree-of-Life-synagogue-massacre-attack-federal-court/stories/201810290090

      Trump is a jerk, but conflating him with the Pittsburgh shooter is dishonest. Also, it tends to overemphasize Trump’s importance and de-emphasize the system and neoliberal globalization, the consequences, including internal strife and violence, predicted for some time. Everyone seems willing to exploit this tragedy to promote their meme. Jeremy Ben-Ami’s defense of major J Street donor George Soros quite inappropriate. I don’t know about the refugee caravan, but Soros engaged in despicable activity in Eastern Europe and Russia in the 1990s. Trying to delegitimize criticism by labeling it all as anti-Semitic tropes is dishonest.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        October 31, 2018, 1:07 am

        @kt

        Thank you for not conflating my comment with any other agenda then the complexity of blaming trump (who no doubt is inflammatory) with any mass murder America has experienced in past ten years. Church shootings, San Bernardino, New York Halloween truck murderer, Boston Marathon, Pittsburgh , school massacres. All fanatics of different stripes

        I agree with your comment about over emphasizing trumps importance and how every group from left to right , Zionist to anti-zionist, gun control/2nd amendment folks are all using this newest incident to promote their own agenda.
        .
        Off topic slightly but having to do with globalization and its failures……

        You might be interested in Francis Fukuyamas new book following up on his End of History tome and how he admits he was either wrong about liberal democracy or the world is experiencing a terrible but temporary glitch. The former spelling permanent gloom while the latter, well, who knows. It’s an interesting read by a controversial and misunderstood mind.

      • Keith
        Keith
        October 31, 2018, 12:04 pm

        DABAKR- “… or the world is experiencing a terrible but temporary glitch.”

        It is not temporary. We are at the end of the hydrocarbon era and the transition to what comes next will be extremely violent and chaotic and probably unsuccessful. Between nuclear war and the climate crisis, the future looks bleak, human survival in doubt. The entire globalization process is intended to concentrate power in the hands of the elites and in the process has made the entire global political economy interdependent and fragile, the exact opposite of the local autonomy necessary for survival.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        October 31, 2018, 4:53 pm

        Keith

        I agree about the chaos of now. One of the sad aspects is the reemergence of words I would have associated with the 30s- austerity, deflation, antisemitism, tropes

        We need to bypass the
        “ fascisification “stage and move onto a new economic model ASAP

      • Keith
        Keith
        October 31, 2018, 8:41 pm

        MAGHLAWAN- “We need to bypass the “ fascisification “stage and move onto a new economic model ASAP”

        Be careful what you wish for. As nearly as I can determine (and I am not alone), the next stage envisioned by the 1% can best be described as neofeudalism. A significant part of the 99% will be locked into a form of debt peonage to the Lords of Capital. Also, my best guess is that our current excess population will be reduced to a more sustainable number through war and famine. I can’t help but see dark times ahead with much chaos beginning soon.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 1, 2018, 1:04 am

        Keith

        Central Bank Independence will collapse to deny the plutocracy the supremacy of debt. Draghi had to defend his broken model in Italy last week. The politics are beginning to stir.
        Climate change is the elephant in the room and I can’t see debt feudalism surviving given it means destroying the basis of life on earth.

        As JK Galbraith wrote
        “Ideas are inherently conservative. They yield not to the attack of other ideas but to the massive onslaught of circumstance with which they cannot contend.”

        Exhibit 1

        Florida GOP
        @svdate
        ·
        17h

        It’s not just red tide and toxic algae that are creating problems for Rick Scott.

        There’s also the climate change flooding going on right under his nose — every year — even though he denies its cause.

        https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5bd391dfe4b0a8f17ef7a626/

        Same with the high priests of neoliberalism

        Exhibit 2

        https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-alternative-to-ideology/

        The common law approach to address climate change was rejected once and for all in 2010, when the Cato Institute filed an amicus brief in American Electric Power Company v. Connecticut, arguing that “it is unconstitutional for courts to make complex policy decisions that should be left to the legislature — and this is true regardless of the science regarding global warming.” Cato’s institutional position was thus adaptation (learning to live with warming), which is only defensible if scientific alarm over the risks posed by climate change is unwarranted.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        November 1, 2018, 1:05 am

        @Mister 0

        When are you going to apologise for mischaracterising Rabbi Perrin and Israel’s Chief Rabbi?

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 1, 2018, 2:40 am

        @k

        Fukuyamas biggest fear is that the coming breakdown of liberal democracy being the epitome and zenith of mankind is not going to be a temporary glitch and your doom and gloom might well be justified. I can’t say exactly where I sit on the spectrum of future doom but I fully recognise that the widening gap between the .01% , the 1% and the rest of humanity is a dangerous symptom.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      October 31, 2018, 10:24 am

      @DaBakr

      “…the shooter was an anti-Trump fanatic.”

      Given the fact that he is a classic anti-Semite, it’s hardly surprising that Bowers is “an anti-Trump fanatic.” After all, it is well known that Trump is a “bought and paid for” loyal servant of Jewish multi-billionaire, casino magnate and Zionist zealot, Sheldon Adelson.

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        October 31, 2018, 12:51 pm

        And who literally bought and paid for Bend the Arc?

        None other than anti-Zionist zealot, George Soros.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        October 31, 2018, 1:23 pm

        How fast Zionist have recognized and sprung to the most important task concerning the Tree of Life shootings- absolving Trump.

      • Keith
        Keith
        October 31, 2018, 2:35 pm

        JACKDAW- “None other than anti-Zionist zealot, George Soros.”

        Anti-Zionist zealot? Perhaps not a Zionist, but an anti-Zionist? Please provide documentation for this out-of-the-blue assertion.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        October 31, 2018, 3:18 pm

        @Jackdaw

        Meanwhile, a Zionist Jewish fascist spews forth nonsense:

        https://forward.com/fast-forward/412975/naftali-bennett-seeks-to-tie-synagogue-shooting-to-palestinians/

        “Naftali Bennett Seeks To Tie Synagogue Shooting To Palestinians”
        October 29, 2018 By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

        EXCERPTS:
        “Naftali Bennett, Israel’s far right wing Minister of Diaspora Affairs, drew a parallel on Sunday evening between the gunman who massacred 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue during Shabbat morning services and Hamas militants.

        “Addressing a memorial vigil sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Naftali Bennett said: ‘From Sderot to Pittsburgh, the hand that fires missiles is the same hand that shoots worshippers. We will fight against the hatred of Jews, and anti-Semitism wherever it raises its head. And we will prevail.’ Sderot is a town close to Israel’s Gaza border that regularly comes under rocket attack by Hamas.”

        “Bennett, who is also the education minister and the head of the Orthodox, settler-aligned Habayit Hayehudi party, was sent to Pittsburgh as the most senior representative of the Israeli government at the commemoration event. In addition to attending the vigil, he met with leaders of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe, with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and with Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the spiritual leader of Tree of Life, the Conservative congregation that was attacked.”

        “Addressing more than 4,000 participants at the Pittsburgh vigil, Bennett said: “We stand together, as Jews from all communities united, as well as members of all faiths. Together we stand. Americans, Israelis. People who are together saying ‘no ‘to hatred. The murderer’s bullet does not stop to ask: Are you Conservative or Reform, are you Orthodox? Are you right wing or left wing? It has one goal, and that is to kill innocent people. Innocent Jews.”

        “While Bennett was addressing the event as the official envoy of the Israel government, an alternative protest vigil attended by about 100 left-wing Jewish activists was being held a few blocks away. It was organized by IfNotNow, an anti-occupation group that was vehemently opposed to Bennett’s presence at the official commemoration events because of the positions his party embraces.

        “Addressing the group, Moriah Ella Mason, an activist in the group from Pittsburgh, said: ‘Tonight our Pittsburgh Jewish community heard from Naftali Bennett, the far-right, racist Israeli politician whose party has openly advocated for ethnic cleansing, described African migrants as ‘infiltrators,’ and bragged about killing Arabs,’ she said. ‘These are the same types of policies and rhetoric espoused by Trump, and the same types of policies and rhetoric that have unleashed violence against my community.’”

        Regarding Bennet’s blather regarding the occupied Gaza Strip and Hamas:

        As officially declared by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in a five page statement: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.” The ICRC thus unequivocally stated that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law embodied in the Geneva Conventions. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.

        On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”
        http://www.haaretz.com/isra… “Israel” ignored the Hamas overture.

        “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ [**] Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010) No response from “Israel.”

        [**] By calling for a “resolution of the issue of refugees,” Haniyeh was in accordance with UNGA Res. 194, which calls for financial compensation as an option for the Palestinian refugees rather than their inalienable “Right of Return.”

        In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, “Israel” promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

        https://www.haaretz.com/isr…
        “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz. No response from “Israel.”

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        October 31, 2018, 3:42 pm

        @Keith

        ” Perhaps not a Zionist, but an anti-Zionist? ”

        ‘Soros has wryly described his home as a Jewish antisemitic home’, and that’s all I need to know.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Views_on_anti-Semitism

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        October 31, 2018, 3:43 pm

        @Jackdaw

        Regarding Bend the Arc:

        https://www.bendthearc.us/open_letter_to_president_trump

        President Trump:

        “Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community while we recommit ourselves to repairing our nation.

        “For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.

        “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism.

        “Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.

        “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.

        “The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.

        “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.

        “The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.
        This means all of us.

        “In our neighbors, Americans, and people worldwide who have reached out to give our community strength, there we find the image of God. While we cannot speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say:

        “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.

        Signed,
        Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh Steering Committee

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        October 31, 2018, 6:29 pm

        “After all, it is well known that Trump is a “bought and paid for” loyal servant of…”

        “Misterioso”, it is becoming plain to me that this is a case not of Trump being owned, but Trump owning. Amazing but there it is. Look who is scrambling to absolve Trump and vilify and invalidate the “Tree of Life” outlook and actions.

      • Keith
        Keith
        October 31, 2018, 9:15 pm

        JACKDAW- “‘Soros has wryly described his home as a Jewish antisemitic home’, and that’s all I need to know.”

        Your cherry-picked quote is intentionally dishonest, a recurring problem for you. Soros is discussing his childhood which he wryly described as anti-Semitic. Hardly grounds for your dishonest claim that Soros is an anti-Zionist zealot. I will pick this up after I provide a fuller quote.

        “Soros was born in Budapest in the Kingdom of Hungary to a well-to-do non-observant Jewish family, who, like many upper-middle class Hungarian Jews at the time, were uncomfortable with their roots. Soros has wryly described his home as a Jewish antisemitic home.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Views_on_anti-Semitism

        Listen Jackdaw, if Soros was actually an anti-Zionist he would the only billionaire (particularly Jewish billionaire) who was. While he is not a Zionist, he concentrates his “philanthropy” on destabilizing (primarily Eastern European) countries that do not allow unrestricted financial penetration and control, working in concert with the CIA. He has now become active in financing the Democratic Party. The only positive thing about him is that he does criticize Israel and its policies. I finish with a final quote from the article you linked as you shamelessly misrepresented Soros making him look better than he actually is.

        “I do not subscribe to the myths propagated by enemies of Israel and I am not blaming Jews for anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism predates the birth of Israel. Neither Israel’s policies nor the critics of those policies should be held responsible for anti-Semitism. At the same time, I do believe that attitudes toward Israel are influenced by Israel’s policies, and attitudes toward the Jewish community are influenced by the pro-Israel lobby’s success in suppressing divergent views.” (George Soros) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Views_on_anti-Semitism

      • Jackdaw
        Jackdaw
        November 1, 2018, 3:07 am

        @Keith

        I didn’t pick a cherry.
        I pointed to the 800 lb gorilla in the room.

        Soros, by his own admission, came from an anti-Semitic family, meaning that he was raised to not like Jews or things Jewish.
        That would include, the Jewish State of Israel
        To wit; Soros is against the State of Israel and, therefore, anti-Zionist.

        What evidence can you proffer that shows that Soros supports the State of Israel, in any way shape or form?

        In the absence of proffered evidence of support, it is fair to presume that Soros, is against Israel and Zionism.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 2, 2018, 12:38 pm

        The Orthodox Zionists should release a statement detailing the political and religious differences between themselves and these other progressive Jews. It’s not fair that the Orthodox Zionists should be endangered for the progressive’s sins.

    • festus
      festus
      October 31, 2018, 11:37 am

      Maybe these folks ought to renounce Jewish nationalism. Is the blood spilled at the Gaza border on their hands?

  2. Marnie
    Marnie
    October 31, 2018, 12:12 am

    “We say loud and clear: Our Judaism values protecting the strangers among us. Our safety is bound up in the safety of those around us…

    Greater safety comes when those in power stop stoking the flames of hatred and emboldening white supremacy.”

    It’s a start. But just 2 weeks ago tRUMP declared proudly to an audience of apparent idiots, that he is a nationalist! He then claimed he’d never heard the term that americans are most familar with, ‘white nationalist’, but he’s most likely of the opinion that there are very good people among them (of course he includes himself). He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, and he hates reading. I don’t know who’ll be bullet pointing the letters for his easy digestion, I’m guessing Stephen Miller, rebel without a cause, the grandson of jewish immigrants who hates immigrants. Or perhaps his jewish daughter and son-in-law will have a heart to heart with him and do some bigly ‘splainin’? After all, they’ve been such help so far….

    It’ll be interesting to see the heads spinning in the tRUMP white house on camera when they explain how much care and compassion he’s shown to ALL americans in their hours of darkness , which of course he hasn’t, because it’s quite possible that none of the victims of Bower’s massacre voted for tRUMP and that makes them his enemies.

    Oh he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who voted for him or loved ‘the apprentice’, Pres. bone spurs is coming to town.

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