Al Kipone schreef op 11 dec 2019 om 16:25:
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would classify Judaism as a race or nationality instead of just a religion, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing three administration officials.
The move appears to be targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which encourages various forms of boycott against Israel for what it deems violations of international law. The group, which has become popular on college campuses, holds annual events like "Israeli Apartheid Week" to push for Palestinian rights.
Though not all Jews are Israeli citizens and not all Israeli citizens are Jewish, some Jewish groups argue that BDS activism fosters harassment or intimidation of Jews and Israel supporters on campus.
Some critics suggested that Trump might use the order to pander to Jewish constituents or as a goodwill gesture toward Israel, a close ally, as the country's government tries to combat anti-Semitism and the BDS movement around the world.
But notably, the group most vocally against Trump's measure appears to be Jewish people themselves
Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, said on Tuesday that Trump's executive order represented "the height of hypocrisy."
"If President Trump truly wanted to address the scourge of anti-Semitism he helped to create, he would accept responsibility for his role emboldening white nationalism, perpetuating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and repeating stereotypes that have led to violence targeting Jews," she said in a statement. "Instead, President Trump continues to view Israel and anti-Semitism solely through a political lens, which he attempts to use to his political advantage."
She added: "President Trump is more interested in symbolic gestures that politicize Israel and use Jews as political pawns than actually doing something meaningful to ensure our security and that of Israel. The timing of this signing reveals this is a PR stunt, plain and simple."
Other Jews expressed similar outrage on social media. The actress and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Michaela Watkins said on Twitter that Trump's reclassification of Judaism mirrored sentiments used by white nationalists and Nazi Germany.
"This is antisemitism of the highest order," she said.www.businessinsider.com/american-jews...Trump accused of anti-Semitism after saying Jewish Americans will vote for him so they can avoid a wealth tax
Progressive Jewish groups have accused President Donald Trump of spreading anti-Semitic smears when he spoke on Saturday night in an appeal to Jewish voters at an Israeli American Council conference.
In the remarks, Trump suggested that some of the audience members were so motivated by money that they would vote for him regardless of whether they liked him — and he attacked some American Jews as insufficiently loyal to Israel.
The Jewish Democratic Council's executive director, Halie Soifer, in a statement Sunday denounced what she described as "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."
Trump addressed some of the remarks specifically to those working in real estate.
"A lot of you are in the real-estate business, because I know you very well," Trump told those gathered at the summit in Hollywood, Florida. "You're brutal killers. Not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me you have no choice."
Trump then went on to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — groundlessly claiming that she wanted to impose a 100% wealth tax.www.businessinsider.com/trump-accused...
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