WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Feb 22, 2017, 03.51 AM
While touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Donald Trump addressed the rise in threats made against Jewish community centres.
The President did anything but satisfy Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFCMR). The group posted his statement condemning Trump's so-called condemnation of Antisemitism.
The full statement reads:
The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration. His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration. The White House repeatedly refused to mention Jews in its Holocaust remembrance, and had the audacity to take offense when the world pointed out the ramifications of Holocaust denial. And it was only yesterday, President’s Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing. When President Trump responds to Antisemitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this President has turned a corner. This is not that moment.”
Trump had said, "Anti-Semitism is horrible and it's going to stop and it has to stop." Also, he added, "The anti-Semitic threats targetting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are a painful and very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil."
Trump earlier claimed that he denounced Anti-semitism "whenever I get a chance".
This comes one day after a wave of bomb threats caused 11 Jewish community centres to close temporarily. Such phone calls have targetted as many as 54 community centres in 27 states since 2017 alone. On Monday, vandals toppled over many headstones in a historic Jewish cemetery in St Louis.
Trump's administration was criticised earlier for making a statement on Holocaust remembrance--in which, among other groups, six million Jews were killed--that had no mention of the Jewish people, and for afterwards defending this ommission.
This was celebrated for its "de-judeification" of the Holocaust by noted American White Supremacist and avid Trump supporter Richard Spencer.