Trump Angers Jewish Community


Marko Milosevic, Journalist

Donald Trump, who calls himself a good supporter of Israel, claimed on his platform that many American Jews don’t like Israel or just don’t care about their country.

On October 16, The president of America offended the Jews by writing down on his site “that they must get their act together before it’s too late” and also by saying during an interview, “there are people in this country that are Jewish that no longer love Israel.” The Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States, was quick to respond to the ex-president. The CEO of the organization Jonathan Greenblatt, replied sharply, “We don’t need the former president, who curries favour with extremists and antisemites to lecture us.”

It’s not only the Jewish organizations who criticized Trump. The White House also reprimanded the former president for all the critics he made of the Jews previously. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a news briefing that the former president’s comments on his social website were “antisemitic” and “insulting.”

Trump still managed to work something out, so he didn’t get into that much trouble. He has used his strong support towards Israeli policies as a deviation from accusations of antisemitism while invoking tropes of dual loyalty and viewing Jews who vote for the Democrats as “very disloyal” to Israel.

      However, Trump has shown support for Israel several times. A few years ago, Trump went praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall wearing a black kippah as a gesture of respect, considered a historic event. Trump even has members of his family who are Orthodox Jews, such as his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Also, Trump has never failed to mention his support for Israel and Jewish values at every single of his rallies.