Trump’s challenge to American Jews

For once as Jews, we are not first in the firing line, but that does not excuse us from the duty of defending those who are.

December 6, 2016 15:12
3 minute read.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2016 Policy Conference. (photo credit: SAUL LOEB / AFP)


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ONLY ONE in four American Jews voted for Donald Trump in the US presidential election, according to exit polls, so his unexpected victory came as a huge shock and crushing blow to the vast majority.

Now, individually and as a community, we have to figure out how to relate to an administration headed by a man who behaved like a playground bully on the campaign trail, whipping up hatred of minorities, deploying crude racism, misogyny and images suggestive of anti-Semitism as vote-winning tactics. Trump has already appointed Steve Bannon, an evangelist of the white nationalist “alt-right” movement, as his senior strategist, which strongly suggests that more of the same – and perhaps much worse – is to come once he takes office.


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