That changed on Tuesday, when President Donald Trump told reporters, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty". The definition of anti-Semitism requires a hatred toward Jews, and he's shown that he has none of it.
But arguably the dumbest thing to ever come from Root, was when he tweeted at Trump to deploy armed $16 million military drones over every public school in the country after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and teachers dead. Trump seems to have forgotten that the freshman Democrats, Rashuda Tlaib of MI and llhan Omar of Minnesota, who denied their first granted entry to Israel after Trump suggested they be prohibited. Trump has undoubtedly been one of the most divisive presidents in history. We may continue to disagree with one another and find fault with various policy positions affecting a protracted and tragic situation.
The killers of Jews today are the supporters of Trump and of the far right. He says what Trump is doing here is less about persuading Jewish voters and more about exciting his base by highlighting divisions.
Suggesting Jews can not be trusted is the molten reactor core of anti-Semitism around the world. He is rapidly destroying the 71-year-old U.S. -Israel alliance - if he hasn't doomed it already.
His comment was anti-Semitic - potentially deadly in its effect.
So he shouldn't mind when Americans offer political advice to Israelis.
According to polls, some 75% of American Jews vote Democrat.
Trump's tweets made "King of Israel" the main trending subject of the day on Twitter, producing many baffled and outraged responses. The previous day, Democratic lawmakers had received a letter from Netanyahu taking issue with their request that he refrain from deporting a USA citizen who heads Human Rights Watch in Israel.
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Ilhan Omar , Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley. "They are a disgrace!" the president wrote on the social media platform.
According to Omar, the Jews are at least still loyal to the US, even if it's dual loyalty. The more he does for Israel, the more of that loyalty he should get, too. I'm taking on China on trade, and you know what? Let me reiterate them.
Trump's remarks drew condemnation from Democrats and a large number of Jewish organizations. "It's long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football". So when I wrote an article for a mainstream Jewish magazine encouraging readers to ensure that their visits to Israel (at the time, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the state) included a visit to Ramallah or Hebron or Nablus (which was much easier to do at the time), I was attacked.
As an example, Tlaib spent Saturday marking Shabbat with a group called If Not Now, a Jewish-led activist group in the USA that denounces Israeli human rights violations. They have been vocal critics of Israel and Israeli policy toward Palestinians. During the meeting, they told the refuser that they admired him and would like to think that, were they in his shoes, they would take a similar act and stance.
"@realDonaldTrump verified that he invoked an antisemitic trope, asserting that American Jews should be "loyal" to Israel by supporting him".
Tlaib, for example, supports a one state solution rather than the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state we love and admire.
American Jews who wish to deny leftist anti-Semitism, pretend that BDS is primarily directed against Israel. Their counterparts in the U.S. have lacked leadership.
American Jews refuse to see what is happening to them while it is happening.
Until this week, it was taken for granted that American Jews could vote either Republican or Democrat without being accused of being disloyal to the United States. He speaks with the authority of no other presidential contender. In fact, in 2017, the "Nazis" in Charlottesville has aired their views that they don't think the Jews belong in America because they have their own ethno-nationalist state.
Nothing about all this is guaranteed, and the moment now seems nearly impossibly grim. And therefore, we should have some fidelity to you for that reason.