ADL, Israeli politicians condemn Trump’s talk of ‘shared blame’ for Charlottesville violence

White Supremacists march in Charlottesville Va. on August 12 2017. (Ron Kampeas)

White Supremacists march in Charlottesville Va. on August 12 2017. (Ron Kampeas)

(JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joined critics of U.S. President Donald Trump in condemning his assertion that there was “blame on both sides” in Charlottesville, Va., where neo-Nazis faced off protesters.

“I think there’s blame on both sides,” Trump said at a news conference in New York Wednesday, four days after a 32-year-old counter-protester was killed by a car driven by one of the white supremacist marchers. [Read more…]

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Jewish leaders condemn Charlottesville violence and Trump’s reaction

A white supremacist trying to strike a counterprotestor with a white nationalist flag during clashes at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A white supremacist trying to strike a counterprotestor with a white nationalist flag during clashes at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A white supremacist trying to strike a counter-protestor with a white nationalist flag during clashes at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Jewish groups and Jewish leaders condemned the violence at a white supremacist event in Charlottesville, Virginia, and criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for saying that the hatred and violence came from “many sides.”

“The vile presence and rhetoric of the neo-Nazis who marched this weekend in Charlottesville is a reminder of the ever-present need for people of good will to stand strong, to speak loudly against hate, and act both to delegitimize those who spread such messages and to mitigate the harm done to the commonweal of our nation and to those that are the targets of hate messages,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said in statement issued on Saturday evening, adding that “once again, hate has killed. [Read more…]

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ADL condemns sermons by California imams that called for destruction of Jews

(JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) decried as “dangerous” sermons by two California imams that included prayers for the annihilation of Jews.

On Friday, Sheikh Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis called for the liberation of Jersualem’s Al-Aqsa mosque and the destruction of the Jews, according to a translation of his sermon published by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). [Read more…]

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Appeals court upholds HIAS suit against Trump travel ban

(JTA) – HIAS hailed a U.S. federal appellate court’s decision upholding its appeal against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel bans.

“The groundswell of public protest against the bans has been inspiring and unrelenting,” the lead Jewish group advocating for immigrants rights said in a statement Thursday after the decision by the Richmond, VA.–Fourth Circuit Court. “The people have spoken, as has the judicial branch.” [Read more…]

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Syria’s alleged crematorium ‘invokes worst nightmares of Nazi atrocities,’ ADL chief says

NEW YORK (JTA) – The head of the Anti-Defamation League drew parallels between Syria’s alleged use of a crematorium to dispose of bodies to actions committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s national director, also called on the international community, including Russia, to take action to stop the violence perpetuated by the Syrian government under the leadership of President Bashar Assad. [Read more…]

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