Trump Slams Protests As 'Staged' And 'Fake News' After Pittsburgh Visit

16000 sign letter saying Trump not welcome in Pittsburgh unless ....

16000 sign letter saying Trump not welcome in Pittsburgh unless ....

We can not passively ignore these things in favor of "civility", not when Jews are massacred in their place of worship, not when families are separated and children held in cages, not when black men are shot in the streets, not when rapists get off scot-free, not when indigenous people are forced off of their land, and not when the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens are threatened by the administration.

I saw it in my neighborhood past year when an Orchard Park woman foundswastikas spray-painted on her van.

The mainstream left-wing media, along with left-wing Jewish organizations and media, told us every day for months after Trump's election that anti-Semitism had greatly increased.

Anti-Semitism is - unfortunately - thriving in the United States, Europe and South America.

The Tree of Life shooting must be acknowledged as the antisemitic hate crime it was. This is the America I once believed in and hoped for.

Seventy years after the genocide of over 6 million of our people, we watched as our safe haven was desecrated by the same hatred from which our families had fled. As the Yiddish saying goes, "Mir veln zey iberlebn", or "We will outlive them".

If we are able, right now, immediately, moved by this awful tragedy fueled by a hatred that does not discriminate between different parties, politics, values among Jews, come together as Jews from the Right and the Left, from the secular and from the religious, from the Reform and from the Orthodox, from the United States and from Israel, we can fulfill the promise of our Torah destiny and be a light in the world. "They believe Jews are pulling the strings behind bad things happening in this country".

The results of German anti-Semitism for Germans alone: more than 5 million dead, including half a million German civilians; 130,000 more civilians murdered by the Nazi regime; 12 million Germans expelled from East Europe, 2 million of whom died; innumerable rapes of German women; Germany divided in two for half a century - and the loss of a sense of self and reputation.

What has changed, say several experts, is that conspiracy theories and "dog whistles" that resonate with anti-Semites and white supremacists are being circulated by establishment sources, including the President and members of Congress.

Campus antisemitism is not one of "blood and soil", the German nationalistic slogan.

Also, in 1978, huge swathes of the population, including journalists and politicians, expressed outrage and questioned the legality of the march. And it nullified an earlier Supreme Court decision that held descendants of slaves could not be citizens.

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Sure, there were protests in Charlottesville. It should be blamed on the ones who spread hate. He tried to justify what happened. Bowers, according to Zandberg, hated Jews just as he hated blacks, Hispanics and Muslims.

The Anti-Defamation League logged a 57 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2017, compared to the previous year - including bomb threats, assaults, vandalism, and anti-Semitic posters and literature found on college campuses.

Nasatir says the number of anti- Semitic incidents has increased 50% nationwide since 2016, including a 100% increase in the Midwest.

Anti-Semitism showing its face in Buffalo is evidence of these statistics, and that's not OK.

"This has always been a thought in the back of my mind, scenarios just like this". Buffalo is supposed to be the city of good neighbors, and hate isn't welcome here. Bowers used anti-Semitic slurs, complained that President Trump was surrounded by too many Jewish people and blamed Jews for the migrant caravans in Central America.

"It is not only anti-Semitism that we are witnessing rising". I don't know why it should seem so.

People have asked what I've learned by being in Pittsburgh. Nothing", Morris said. "You don't feel like anyone has your side. I hadn't really done anything regarding Judaism since my Bar Mitzvah eight years ago. I'm a huge defender of the First and Second Amendments. There were redlines that prevented us from buying homes in certain neighborhoods, clubs that exclude us and university quotas keeping Jews out.

Monday I did something I probably wouldn't have done before this tragedy happened. They were met there by Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers.

I recited texts from the Torah and sang in Hebrew for the first time since my Bar Mitzvah. The event ended with a prayer, singing and hugs between community members.

The kids attending St. Mary's School or St. Peter's School are OK. That is our most important strategy right now. We must wake up to the kind of political discourse we have allowed to become normalized and understand how it can manifest itself in violent action.

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