The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in the U.S. recently lamented President Donald Trump’s weak condemnation of anti-Semitism. AFC Executive Director Steven Goldstein had reacted to Trump’s words during the President’s tour of the African American History Museum, in which he said it serves as “a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.”
Trump further said in his speech shortly after visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community… are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.” Goldstein posted his lengthy reaction on Twitter and Facebook.
Goldstein tweeted, “Do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension. What are you going to do about Antsemitism in
@WhiteHouse?” The AFC head stated how Trump has been driving the nation “off a moral cliff” and also cited how he has been making worse the largest global refugee crisis in history by “slamming America’s doors on the starving, the wounded and the abused.”
Bomb Threats on Jewish Community Centers
The harsh criticisms against Trump were hurled as Jewish Community Centers received bomb threats, and the Trump stated nothing. The Anne Frank Center representative expressed that only when Trump responds to Antisemitism in a more proactive manner, without need for pleas and pressure, will the organization be able to say the President has turned a corner or is not merely uttering platitudes.
Alarm bells were sounded as 27 states where Jewish Community Centers are located, as well as one Canadian province, received bomb threats. These did not merit a statement from Trump.
The Trump administration was also slammed at the start of the year for not mentioning Jews in a statement issued on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Trump paid tribute to “the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust” but there was no specific mention of the Jewish people in the short statement.
The White House Press Secretary countered that the U.S. President has clearly articulated that he is seeking to unite the country. The President, he added, has denounced attacks on people because of their hate, religion, gender, and color of their skin. “It’s ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this, it’s never good enough,” the Press Secretary intoned.