ADL to Trump: Come up with something other than ‘America First’

Donald Trump delivering a speech about his vision for foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Donald Trump delivering a speech about his vision for foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump delivering a speech about his vision for foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on Donald Trump to abjure the term “America First,” noting its unsavoury World War II-era association with anti-Semitism.

“The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today,” the ADL said in an April 28 statement. [Read more…]

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: Iranian authorities back Holocaust cartoon event

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum challenged a claim by the Iranian foreign minister that Iranian government authorities had nothing to do with a Holocaust cartoon contest.

“The organizations associated with the contest are sponsored or supported by government entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Tehran Municipality, and the Ministry of Islamic Guidance,” the museum said Friday in a statement. [Read more…]

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Obama decries rise of anti-Semitism in Jewish heritage month message

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts his final White House seder on April 28. (White House)
U.S. President Barack Obama hosts his final White House seder on April 28. (White House)

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts his final White House seder on April 28. (White House)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama decried the “rise of anti-Semitism” in his annual proclamation of May as Jewish American Heritage Month.

“We cannot pay proper respect to the legacy of Jewish Americans without also reflecting on the rise of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, and in remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, we recognize the imperative need to root out prejudice,” he wrote in the proclamation, released April 28. [Read more…]

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Critical profile of Melania Trump unleashes flood of anti-Semitic abuse on reporter

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A reporter who wrote a critical profile of Melania Trump has been deluged with anti-Semitic abuse.

Julia Ioffe told the Guardian that on April 28, the day her profile of the Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump’s wife appeared in GQ, she had received a phone call playing a speech by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and another from a purported business, “Overnight Caskets.” Her Twitter feed and email inbox were flooded with anti-Semitic messages and imagery, including a cartoon of a Jew being executed. [Read more…]

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