Trump denounces 'horrible' threats against Jewish centers
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 19:34
There were no words at all from President Trump himself as of early morning Tuesday. Last week, the president seemed to dodge a question about anti-Semitic incidents from a Hasidic reporter at a White House press conference.
This tour is a reminder of "why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms", he added. Though Ivanka has remained relatively silent about her father's actions, these latest incidents carry personal weight because she converted to Judaism.
President Ronald S. Lauder on Tuesday warned that anti-Semitism in the United States was on the rise and called on the authorities on all levels to take appropriate measures to combat it. Speaking in Jerusalem Sunday, he said he hopes what Trump said about "addressing hate and racism of all kinds in American society" will be translated into clear action.
His comments came a day after the fourth wave this year of hoax bomb threats made to Jewish community centers nationwide.
The statement, originating from Press Secretary Sean Spicer, declared that "hate-motivated violence" is "unacceptable".
Though Turx had been careful to precede his question with a reassurance that he hadn't heard anyone in the Jewish community accuse Trump of being an anti-Semite, the president seemed to take the question as just that.
"America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS", Clinton tweeted about an hour before Trump's remarks.
"When we see some Jews leaving major European cities - where their families have lived for generations - because they no longer feel safe; when Jewish centers are targeted from Mumbai to Overland Park, Kansas; when swastikas appear on college campuses - when we see all that and more, we must not be silent". "Instead of taking an easy opportunity to reassure concerned American Jews that their president has their back, Trump roughly pushed back at an Orthodox Jewish reporter whose questions weren't about what the administration, or the president, was doing negatively, but what it might be doing proactively to address those who are attacking the community".
Some Jewish groups also complained after Trump made no mention of Jewish deaths in a statement he issued for Holocaust Remembrance Day in January.
"We're going to bring this country together, maybe bring some of the world together", Trump said.
The FBI said last month that it is "investigating possible civil rights violations in connections with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country".
When asked about it during a joint presser with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump boasted about his election victory and simply noted that his daughter Ivanka is married to a Jewish man, Jared Kushner.