Trump accuses Jewish Democratic voters of 'disloyalty'

Friday, 23 Aug, 2019

"President Trump is right, it shows a great deal of disloyalty to oneself to defend a party that protects/emboldens people that hate you for your religion", the group said in a tweet.

"We give Israel more than $3 [billion] in aid every year", Omar said during a news conference in Minneapolis with Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

At Trump's urging, Israel denied entry to Congress' first two Muslim women over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement. "President Trump is pointing out the obvious: for those who care about Israel, the position of many elected Democrats has become anti-Israel".

The official told Israeli daily Israel Hayom that the Jewish state has made it clear to Washington that its red lines include, among other things, the "removal of even one Jewish community or person" from Judea and Samaria.

J Street, a liberal Jewish-American lobbying group, said in a statement on Tuesday: "It is unsafe and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and 'disloyal'". "It is not mearly [sic] an antisemitic dog whistle - it's a bullhorn to his white nationalist base", the progressive Jewish-American group IfNotNow told Newsweek in a statement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu determined the trip's "sole objective is to strengthen the boycott and delegitimize Israel". All four are United States citizens.

Whether he has done this due to his affinity with the Israeli prime minister, with whom he shares political DNA, or as a principled ideological stance, he has risked his relationship with Europe, the Muslim world and worldwide bodies at every turn.

It's certainly nice to see such pleasantries coming from Mr. Trump's twitter account, but half-declaring himself as "the second coming of God" might ruffle a few feathers.

Some pointed to Trump's infamous "very fine people on both sides" comment in the wake of the 2017 white supremacist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville, Virginia. There are countless reasons why the majority of American Jews voted against Trump. Tlaib was later allowed to visit her grandmother on the West Bank, but rejected the invitation. Omar, accused by Democrats and Republicans of repeating anti-Semitic tropes, later apologized.

Shapiro, however, said he did not think the meetings would have changed the aims of the trip, which he believed sought to draw criticism of Israel and support the Palestinians. Netanyahu appeared to side with Mitt Romney in his race against Barack Obama in 2012. Though notably, the ostensibly neutral ones actually stopped short of calling the United States president an anti-Semite.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office declined to comment on Trump's remarks.

But these gains have come at a price.

The email comes days after Tlaib and Omar were barred from entering Israel due to their continued support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

Today there are allegations that "Jews' true loyalty to Israel should disqualify them from being seen as American patriots or that they should be suspected of being deficient in their progressivism". Roughly 70 percent of American Jews have typically supported Democratic candidates in recent US presidential elections.