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Trump Has Created an ‘Incubator of Hate,’ Says Anne Frank Center After Boston Holocaust Memorial Vandalized – Newsweek

A civil rights group has accused President Donald Trump ofcreating an incubator of hate after a Holocaust memorial in Boston was vandalized for the second time in two months on Monday.

Police in Boston arrested a 17-year-old male suspect on Monday evening after being told by witnesses that he had thrown a rock and smashed part of a glass panel at the New England Holocaust Memorial.

The suspects name has not been released, as he is a juvenile, but police said he would be charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property. The Boston Police Departments civil rights unit is also looking into the incident.

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Workers clean up broken glass after the Holocaust Memorial was vandalized in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on August 14. Brian Snyder/Reuters

The New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six luminous glass towers that are each 54 feet high. The panels are etched with millions of numbers that reflect the numbers tattooed onto victims by Nazi guards at concentration camps.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a Jewish nonprofit that promotes civil and human rights, tweeted that it held President Trump responsible for creating the climate in which such an act could take place.

The incident came after demonstrations by white supremacists groups, including neo-Nazis, in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Some of the individuals who participated in the demonstrations wore Nazi insignias and made Nazi salutes. One woman was killed after a car was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters.

President Trump has come underheavy criticism for failing to speak out againstthe groups involved in the clashes. While he condemned the violence on Saturday, Trump ascribed it to many sides and was widely condemned for not calling out white supremacist groups, some of which positioned themselves as Trump supporters.

A man makes a slashing motion across his throat toward counter-protesters as he marches with other white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the alt-right during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Trump gave a press conference at the White House on Monday in which he called out the criminals and thugs behind the violence in Charlottesville, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

But despite the conciliatory tone, Trump later attacked the media for its coverage of the Charlottesville protests.

The New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized in June, when 21-year-old James Isaac, who has a history of mental illness, was charged with destroying one of the 132 panels, the Boston Herald reported.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said on Monday that the vandalism will not be tolerated in our city and linked the incident to the weekend protests. In light of the recent events and unrest in Charlottesville, its sad to see a young person choose to engage in such senseless and shameful behavior, said Evans.

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Anne Frank Center responds to Jeffrey Lord’s firing – Raw Story

Good riddance! Thats what the Anne Frank Center had to say about CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord being fired Thursday after he tweeted, Sieg Heil, a victory salute that used to be said at political rallies. GOOD RIDDANCE, JEFFREY LORD. We commend @CNN for firing @POTUS defender Lord for using Nazi salute on Twitter, the organization wrote.

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Mystery artist leaves touching tribute to Anne Frank on banks of the Clyde – Glasgow Live

An artist has brightened up the riverside area of Glasgow by erecting an emotive plaque on the Kingston Bridge.

The hand-painted piece, which features a quote attributed to Anne Frank, has been glued onto the underside of the Broomielaw landmark, and will no doubt become a favourite for social media users in the city over the coming days and weeks.

The quote is taken from the young Jewish diarist’s book Diary Of A Young Girl, which was written while she was hiding during the German occupation of The Netherlands in the Second World War.

Starting her memoirs aged just 13, she wrote in the secret annex of an old warehouse in Amsterdam.

The book has gone on to sell over 30 million copies and has been translated into more than 67 languages since it was published in 1947.

The inspiring quote is one familiar with Anne Franks tragic life and legacy, with celebrities such as US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka among famous people to have shared it with her followers on social media.

The artist may be using the plaque to promote a theatre dramatization of The Diary Of Anne Frank, which is set to run for three nights at the Fort Theatre in Bishopbriggs in October.

Whoever has created the plaque, we hope they keep at it and brighten up some other empty corners of the city.

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Anne Frank Center Responds To Jeffrey Lord’s ‘Sieg Heil’ Firing – International Business Times

Good riddance! Thats what the Anne Frank Center had to say about CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord being fired Thursday after he tweeted, Sieg Heil, a victory salute that used to be said at political rallies.

GOOD RIDDANCE, JEFFREY LORD. We commend @CNN for firing @POTUS defender Lord for using Nazi salute on Twitter, the organization wrote.

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We commend CNN for immediately firing Jeffrey Lord, said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center of Mutual Respect. The infestation of #Antisemitism in Trumpworld is a global embarrassment and apparently has no end. The president will no doubt engage in distraction now by calling CNN fake news. But CNN is real news, and the Trump Administration and its defenders are filled with real prejudice.

CNN commenter Jeffrey Lord was fired after he tweeted, “Hiel Seig,” which is a Nazi salute. Photo: Getty Images

For quick background, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who hid during the Holocaust. During World War II, she kept a diary. Her and her family spent more than two years hiding in a secret room in Amsterdam. She ultimately died of typhus at a concentration camp. Her diary was published posthumously when her father, the only survivor of the family, discovered it.

Using a Nazi salute was a red line for some CNN employees, New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali tweeted the same day. I’m told by two sources that two prominent CNN anchors made it clear to management that Lord’s tweet was an inexcusable red line, he wrote.

CNN said there was no excuse for Lords tweet. Nazi salutes are indefensible,a CNN spokesperson said in a statementon the day of the controversy. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.

Lords response to his firing? He wrote it was just a joke, writing, LOL!

The commentator added on the phone to CNN host Brian Stelter, I love CNN,but I feel they are caving to bullies here.

Stelter added in another tweet: Lord told me his Sieg Heil! tweet was mocking the activists at @MMFA who are posing a serious threat to the American free press.

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Before he was fired, Lord he was going back and forth with people about fascism. When netizens told him his tweet was not funny he wrote back, Nazis, Fascists, mass murder and stamping out free speech are decidedly not funny. Media Matters Fascists are in to one of them.

He said in another message: So opposing a Fascist/Nazi-style attempt to stop free speech is itself Nazi/Fascist? Ahhh Orwell and So you hate it when I mock Nazis and Fascists? Interesting.

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Anne Frank Center Goes After Donald Trump With Alarming …

The use of Adolf Hitler as a go-to comparison for anyone you disagree with is an ignorant trope that trivializes the horrors committed before and during World War II.

The Internet abounds with the overused comparison; everyone from Barack Obama to Taylor Swift has been compared to the German dictator.

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Unfortunately, in the case of Donald Trump, there’s actually a case to be made. We don’t say that lightly, and neither does the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect.

The non-profit, which was founded in 1959 by the father of the doomed diarist, tweeted on Tuesday:

Trump’s name isn’t in the tweet, but over the next few hours, they made it clear to whom they were referring:

In a statement to Newsweek, executive director (and the man who wrote the tweet) Steven Goldstein wanted to make it clear he was not equating Trump with Hitler, as that “would trivialize the Holocaust.”

Obviously, Trump has not directed the deaths of millions of people. However, there is a real comparison to be made to Hitler’s pre-war actions.

Goldstein explained:

“By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust.

1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.”

Damn.

Well, you already knew the Nazis were supporting Trump. Now you know Anne Frank’s namesake is against him.

So yeah. Not too terribly difficult to get on the right side of history here

[Image via CNN.]

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All-student cast and crew put on ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ at Maltz – Palm Beach Post

When the lights go down at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre this month, an entirely student-run production of The Diary of Anne Frank will unfold in front of the audience.

The theater hosts a student production every year and pairs the young crew with mentors who are professionals in the field, said Julie Rowe, the theaters director of education.

Students took the reins in every aspect including directing, costume design, lighting design and marketing. Each role has a mentor who guides the students while also allowing them to take control.

As the director, Ashley Banker, 16, is in charge of deciding the actors positions onstage, coaching the performers and making decisions in the production design.

I love the artistry involved in directing, Banker said. I love bringing stories to life, and Anne Frank is the perfect opportunity.

The play, which depicts the true experiences of a girl who recorded her thoughts as she underwent puberty inside a hidden attic during World War II, confronts complex and adult issues. The cast and crew were thrilled by the challenges of the story and have taken extensive measures to accurately display the difficult tale, Rowe said.

Every day we talk about the message of the play, Rowe said.

The cast and crew were required to write and share journal entries similar to the ones Anne Frank wrote in order to bring them closer to each other and the play. They also visited the Holocaust museum in St. Petersburg, heard from a rabbi and engaged in method acting by sitting completely still in silence for 30 minutes to empathize with the plight of the people portrayed.

(Im) absolutely enraptured with this young girl who (is) spanning history to talk to me, Banker said.

Frank will be embodied by Skye Alyssa Friedman, 15, who just celebrated four years since her Broadway debut in Annie.

I always knew this was my purpose in life, to share stories, Friedman said.

Friedman, like many of the students, has been profoundly affected by the play and its message.

Its important for people to be constantly reminded of the Holocaust and what happened, Friedman said, because if we forget, its bound to happen again. We cant deny what happened in our past.

The project has been underway since March and the team has dedicated five hours a day since mid-July to practices, Friedman said. Excellent production can be expected because it is highly valued at the theater, which entertains Florida locals and many New York part-time residents alike, said the Dana Munson, marketing director.

This is the fourth year of the student-led production, which has taught students who went on to attend New York University and work in professional roles, Rowe said.

I think its really compelling that these kids want to work on this story on their summer break, Rowe said. Makes me excited that theyre guiding our future.

The one-night-only show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will cost $20 for students and $25 for adults. The theater is at 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Call 561-575-2223 for tickets.

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Editor who saved Anne Frank’s diary – The Hindu

Judith Jones, the legendary editor who rescued Anne Frank’s diary from a US publisher’s rejection pile, died recently. She was 93.

Jones, a luminary of the publishing world, who also introduced the world to American culinary writer Julia Child, was close to literary giants such as John Updike, Anne Tyler, William Maxwell, John Hersey, Peter Taylor and Sharon Olds.

She passed away at her home in Vermont, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group said in a statement. She worked for Knopf for more than 50 years, joining the company in 1957 and officially retiring only in 2011.

“Judith was a legend in book publishing,” said Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor-in-chief, paying tribute to the once young assistant who rescued Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” from a rejection pile in Paris.

The diary, which the young Jewish girl had written while hiding from the Nazis between June 1942 and August 1944, is one of the most famous testimonies of life in World War II and one of the most famous diaries of all time.

Frank, who was born in Germany and lived with her family in the Netherlands, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp aged 15, just months before the war ended.

Her diary was first published in the Netherlands in 1947, followed by French and German editions in 1950 before appearing in Britain and the United States in 1952.

The first US edition of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” ran a modest 5,000 copies and contained a preface from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Doubleday reputedly spent little on publicity, but sales quickly took off.

A subsequent US play “Diary of Anne Frank” was a Broadway hit and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1956. A 1959 Hollywood movie won three Oscars. The diary has been a fixure on school curricula since the 1960s.

Worldwide, the diary has sold more than 30 million copies in 67 languages.

Jones was also instrumental in persuading Alfred Knopf to publish in 1961 “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” — a tome that introduced generations of American home cooks to French food and to now legendary chef Julia Child.

“It is no exaggeration to say that she profoundly influenced not only the way America reads and but also the way we cook,” Mehta said Wednesday.

Jones won five Pulitzer Prizes, five National Book Awards and three National Book Critics Circle Awards, and her cookbook authors won dozens and dozens of prizes, said Knopf Doubleday.AFP

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Trump’s America Is Looking a Lot Like Germany Before World War II, Anne Frank Center Says – Newsweek

Updated| A human rightsorganization inspired by World War II diarist Anne Frank referenced the Holocaust Tuesday in an attempt to caution its followers about President Donald Trump.

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a New York Citybased nonprofit that says it wasfounded by Anne’s father in 1959, shared an image on Twitter of a bulleted list laying out what appeared to be similarities between Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Among them were”the president creates his own media,” “he endorses police brutality,” and “he demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.”

“Alarming parallels of history escalate,” the center wrote.

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In a statement to Newsweek, executive director and tweet author Steven Goldstein points out that the tweet doesn’t directly compare Trump and Hitler. Hitlertargeted and killed millions of Jewish, disabled and gay people in the 1930s and 1940s. Equating him with Trump “would trivialize the Holocaust,” Goldstein says.

However, he adds, the tweet’s language and message wereintentional.

“By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust,” Goldstein says. “1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.”

Tuesday wasn’t the first time the center has spoken out about the White House. It’s become aregular critic of Trump and his team,bluntly calling out everything from the president’s plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico to former press secretary Sean Spicer’s complaints about Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him onSaturday Night Live. But the louder it gets, the more the center is scrutinized. The Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank, has raised doubts that Anne’s father was truly involved in the project and accused it of using her name to “advance its anti-Trump agenda.”

Goldstein pushed back against those allegations in an interview with The Atlantic. “So help me God, if Donald Trump were a Democrat, I would criticize him with the same gusto,” he said.

Regardless, Trump has been likened to Hitler before. Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said in 2016 that Trump’s “strident rhetoric” was similar to Hitler’s, and North Korean state media has called Trump’s “America first” foreign policy “Nazism in the 21st century.” And, most recently, several critics posted on Twitter that Trump’s late July speech to Boy Scouts about loyalty reminded them ofthe HitlerYouth, a branch of the Nazi Party.

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Anne Frank’s Tragic Legacy Abused by the Left – Capital Research Center

Summary: The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC) is a political attack group posing as a Holocaust education organization. The AFC has evolved from a quiet nonprofit into a personal propaganda machine for its flamboyant executive director, Steven Goldsteinwho uses Anne Franks tragic victimhood and Holocaust imagery to advance its anti-Trump agenda.

If theres one group that proves the American Left can make anything rotten, its the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Dont let that name fool you; this is a run-of-the-mill example of a group co-opted and retooled by the Left into a hard-driving propaganda machine. Under new ultra-partisan ownership, its become a self-anointed one-man crusade against anti-Semitism and other -isms, sporting a slick, heart-tugging moniker aimed at garnering as much mainstream media coverage as possible. Theres only one problema big onethe Anne Frank Center has nothing to do with Anne Frank. Instead, its a partisan attack dog aimed at assailing the Donald Trump administration.

Anne Frank is, of course, a powerful symbol of the lives lost in the Holocaust, and a source of education to millions about the danger of tyranny. Unlike the young German Holocaust victim it takes its name from, however, there is nothing genuine about the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC). It has changed its name, its leadership, and its mission statement to the point where it has become unrecognizable from its original iteration. Even the first AFCsupposedly founded in 1959 as the American Friends of the Anne Frank Centerhas dubious connections to the young German-Jewish girl who died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945.

The AFC claims Annes father, Otto Frank, established the organization in New York; yet officials at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Fonds (which owns the rights to her diary) in Switzerland deny the connection. The facts are hazy. The wife of AFCs first president relates, I think my husband met with [Otto Frank] once or twice. Members of the original staff claim the AFC was started in 1977 (when it achieved its IRS 501(c)(3) status). Grayson Covil, the AFCs executive director in the 1980s, puts it plainly: I dont believe that Otto Frank started the American Friends of the Anne Frank Center.

For an organization that was supposedly founded less than six decades ago by a world-renowned Holocaust survivor, the Anne Frank Center sure has a hard time proving where it came from.

In almost every regard, too, the AFC is vastly different from the public image it cultivates. It has no mass membership or scholarly board. It isnt Jewish, and it doesnt seek to educate about the Holocaust. In fact, its difficult to find anything about the group that isnt illusion or flat-out lie, with one exception: the Anne Frank Center has exceptional Left-wing credentials.

On April 11, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered remarks on the chaotic Syrian Civil War:

We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as [Adolf] Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons.

Strictly speaking, Spicer was correct; the sarin gas used to murder victims of the Nazi death camps was never defined as a chemical weapon. During the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, Albert Speer, the German Minister of Armaments and War Production, testified that the Nazis purposely avoided using chemical weapons in warfare in order to avoid like retaliation and, in his own words, international crimes which could be held against the German people after they had lost the war. Ironic as his statement was, the prosecutors understood the difference between chemical weapons used in combat and the sarin gas employed in the death camps.

Spicer was referencing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the dictators use of deadly gas on Syrian citizens, but for the Left-wing press it was tantamount to denying the Holocaust.

The run of Democratic hacksNancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, to name a fewlaunched a predictably shrill salvo calling for Spicers resignation. Spicer quickly offered his heartfelt apologies, explaining he had been referring to the use of sarin gas in combat, not in the setting of Nazi holocaust centers. This second slip-up (he should have said concentration camps) earned the beleaguered press secretary yet another round of phony lamentations as the Left howled aghast and rent its collective clothes.

BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW. Credit: Executive Office of the POTUS. License: https://goo.gl/fxw8oA (Public domain).

It was political opportunism; even MSNBC host Chris Matthews stated in 2013 that Adolf Hitler didnt use chemical weapons, and he was never called a Holocaust denier. But one voice rose above the general cacophony. Safely ensconced in cosmopolitan New York City, Steven Goldsteinexecutive director of the Anne Frank Centerlaunched a flurry of social media attacks implying Spicer is a Holocaust denier:

BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW.

On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicers statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary.

The vitriol emanating from an outlet named for a 15-year old Holocaust victim took many by surprise, even on the Left. The AFC is tiny, and before mid-2016 was hardly known outside of its New York headquarters. But this wasnt the first time its vocal new executive director had assailed the Donald Trump administration for its supposed anti-Semitism. On January 27, the White House released its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement and came under immediate fire from Goldstein:

[Trumps] 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.

What was the President guilty of? The statement left out the word Jew in its attempt to honor the myriad groups victimized by the Nazis. After the Left spent decades expanding Holocaust education to include non-Jewish victims (such as homosexuals and gypsies) in order to universalize the tragedy, its rich that Trump could be accused of anti-Semitism for neglecting to mention Jews in his 117-word statement.

Never mind the fact that it was a Jewish aide descended from Holocaust survivors who wrote the statement. It is anti-Semitism in Goldsteins eyesand this from an organization with Mutual Respect in the name. So who is Goldstein, and what does the AFC actually advocate for?

Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism. Screenshot. Credit: Erin Burnett Out Front (CNN). License: https://goo.gl/h7vMcB.

Prior to 2016, the AFC was a sleepy educational charity with a staff of less than ten that ran its little storefront museum in New York City. All that changed when the AFC was made the target of a hostile Left-wing takeover. Ten members of the original 21-person board were replaced, and the original staff quit or were fired. In their place came the usual cadre of whingy stage actors, hardened Democrat campaign veterans, and social justice warriors. Their staff biographies veritably sparkle with leftist slogans; they really want you to know they are staunch social justice advocate[s] who fully realize the fight for total equality is never over.

Even former staffhardly staunch conservatives themselvesadmit the AFC has taken a radical turn. Yvonne Simons, former executive director and herself a vocal progressive, noted that the board of directors changed its mission after my 10-year tenure.

The prior board chair was replaced with Peter Rapaport, a Manhattanite and private-wealth manager. Rapaport, in turn, led the push in June 2016 to appoint Steven Goldstein as executive director to the new Anne Frank Center. Since that time, Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism.

Like many co-opted outlets, the AFC hardly conceals its real motives. It only halfheartedly tries to blend in among legitimate anti-Semitism organizations, and admits it isnt Jewish. William Shulman, president of the respected Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO), divulged in an interview that the AFC is inactive in the AHO beyond paying its dues. Not that the AFC has a problem with this; Rapaport fully admits that it isnt our focus to be pro-Jewish or to be just a Holocaust-education [organization]. After all, why would anyone assume that the Anne Frank Center had anything to do with the Holocaust?

The new AFC apparently felt strong enough about the Jewish connection that it almost immediately dissolved the last thing actually linking it to Anne Frankits advisory board of Holocaust experts. Goldstein explained the move with specious credulity: Nobody knew what their purpose was. As everyone knows, the last thing a nonprofit dedicated to combating anti-Semitism needs are Holocaust experts.

But this isnt Goldsteins first foray into the fever swamps of Left-wing hysteria.

Steven Goldstein (b. 1962) is a political activist from New Jersey. His degrees are from elite, typically Left-wing universities: Brandeis University (B.A.), Harvard (M.A., Public Policy), the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia Law School.

Goldstein is a longtime Democratic Party operative, starting out as co-campaign manager in 2000 for Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), then as press secretary to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), followed by a stint with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and last as a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In the early 2000s Goldstein worked as a television producer for NBC. In 2004 he founded Garden State Equality, a New Jersey same-sex marriage campaign. He left in 2013 when Rutgers University-Newark hired the activist to be its Associate Chancellor for External Relations. Bizarrely, Goldstein briefly owned Attention America, a now-defunct Manhattan public affairs firm that was approached by the bin Laden family in October 2001, seeking a PR company to distance themselves from Osama bin Laden, following the 9/11 attacks.

This self-proclaimed Harvey Milk of New Jersey (taken from a June 2016 interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) first wormed into the national spotlight in 2006 during the Laurel Hester debacle. Hester, a police lieutenant in Ocean County, NJ, diagnosed with lung cancer, had sought to extend survivor benefits to her lesbian partner. Goldstein leaped at the chance to showboatin his words, to flash his sense of camp. He claimed the Countys decision to extend Hesters benefits to her partner as a personal victory, which would lead to the 2015 feature film Freeheld, where Goldstein is played by actor Steve Carell. In the movie Goldstein is portrayed as a self-serving ideologue bent on making an issue of survivor benefits into a broader gay marriage campaignto the point where he nearly costs Hester her victory.

David Smith, the AFCs deputy executive director, also has a long history in Left-wing politics. Smith notes his time working for Goldstein as deputy executive director for Garden State Equality. He touts his extensive background in Democratic political campaigns, and served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

If these two sound like the B-team still learning on the job, theyre finding success in bamboozling much of the media into believing theyre real Holocaust experts. Together, Goldstein and Smith are prepared to take the AFC to new lows in the vague but tireless quest to call out prejudice, counter discrimination and advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed.

Or so they say. Its difficult to imagine exactly what kind of world this little girl would have embraced and defended. Anneliese Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929, but lived most of her life in Amsterdam, where she penned the diary that made her name synonymous with Holocaust tragedy. In July 1942, the Frank family went into hiding in the secret annex of a building on Prinsengracht, in Amsterdam. They survived cooped up there until August 1944, when they were discovered, arrested, and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. Anne was soon relocated to the camp at Bergen-Belsen where she died, likely from a combination of exhaustion and typhus in early February 1945.

Otto Frank was a key mover in the effort to make his daughters diary famous. In 1963, he founded the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, Switzerland, where hed relocated following Germanys defeat in May 1945. After his death in 1980, the Fonds continued as the legitimate owner of Annes diary and related materials.

Goldstein has inanely called Anne one of the greatest feminist and social justice leaders in history. Implying that this fifteen-year-old led the charge to fight sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, [and] bias against the differently abled is patently absurd. Screenshot. Credit: Anne Frank Fonds. License: https://goo.gl/P31piA.

Goldstein and his toadies are hardly the first to appropriate the Holocaust tragedy for their own political ends, but their use of Anne Frank as a generic fill-in for any and all social justice campaigns is especially galling. It is, in the end, terribly convenient for the AFC that Anne cannot speak for herself; otherwise she might sound suspiciously unlike the social justice guerrilla the AFC has made her out to be. Its hard to know, for example, what Anne might have felt upon seeing a man wearing a dress claiming to be a woman who used to be a manbut being the product of a middle-class background in an era before the general acceptance of such shenanigans, she probably wouldnt have reacted in a positive way.

Still, a little history couldnt stop Goldstein from bravely posting his vitriol across social media, where the AFC has twisted and warped Anne Frank into a screeching snowflake commando armed with her trusty hashtags. Some ask: How dare you use Anne Franks name to stand up for Muslims as you would for everyone else? the AFC wrote in one post. We respond: You havent a clue as to what Anne Frank stood for. What? Who could have imagined in 1945 that Anne Frank would one day be a full-throated defender of Black Lives Matter, or a bare-knuckle brawler taking on the supposedly racist proponents of Islamophobia?

This kind of revisionist invective would be comical if it werent so cynical: Rolf Wolfswinkel, an actual Anne Frank scholar and former member of the AFCs expert board, doesnt conceal his distaste for the new bulked-up, progressive Anne: To believe that Anne Frank is a sort of Mother Teresa, or a universal symbol of tolerance and goodnessI dont see it in the diary he writes. By taking the Jewishness out of the Holocaust, are we still talking about the same thing?

On its Twitter banner, the AFC displays an image with a smiling Anne superimposed on a photo depicting crying Arab children and hijab-sporting Muslims. America denied immigration to refugee Anne Frank, the caption reads, Open your heart to refugees and immigrants today. The image was created in response to President Donald Trumps lawful and constitutional executive order temporary halting immigration from six terrorist-breeding countries in the Middle East. Goldsteins minions wasted no time in decrying the RACIST MUSLIM BAN and peppering AFCs social media with what passes for witty commentary in leftist circles.

That a young Jewish victim of anti-Semitism is cast as the poster-child for victimized anti-Semites in the Middle East is an irony Goldstein likely cant fathom. But like the AFC in general, the outrage over anti-Semitism is a Potemkin village; the real fight is with President Trump.

Steven Goldstein has taken it upon himself to wage holy war against the Trump administration. A vocal Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election, he is quick to assail the Republican Party while attempting to disguise himself behind the veil of nonpartisanship. In March, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson gave a speech in front of department employees, referring to African slaves as immigrants:

There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.

It was hardly the stuff to spark revolution. This is as offensive a remark as it gets, an outraged Goldstein nevertheless pronounced. You do not get a pass because you are African-American, any more than President Trump gets a pass for his delayed and sometimes nonexistent responses to [anti-Semitism] because he has Jewish relatives. A devastating salvo, to be sure, yet one which raises a question: why should Steven Goldstein, a white Jew, be more offended at a remark about black slaves than Ben Carson, the descendant of African slaves? Moreover, Carsons words have the weight of the English language behind them. Websters Dictionary defines immigrant as a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.

Its a rare and entertaining spectacle, but on occasion even leftists turn on each other: In this case, Steven Goldstein may have pushed the envelope beyond what the conventional Left is prepared to accept.

In spring 2017 the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam released a statement distancing itself from Goldsteins political comments:

The Anne Frank [House] is a museum and an educational organisation [sic]. We too see social developments that cause us great concern, including an increase in antisemitic [sic] incidents and other forms of discrimination. We stay out of the political playing field, and see it as our task to achieve our missioncombating anti-Semitism, racism and discriminationthrough our educational activities.

The world of nonprofits dedicated to educating about anti-Semitism is crowded, and for the most part, attempts to stay removed from controversy. But, of course, the Anne Frank Center isnt a real part of that world, judges David Benkof, a Jewish historian. Armed with a great organizational title, Benkof writes in the Daily Caller, incendiary but ready-to-print quotes; and a gullible media slavishly lapping it all up, Goldstein is finding tremendous success promoting his civil rights warrior career aspirations.

Neither is the center-Left Atlantic magazine buying the AFCs narrative. [B]ecause it talks a big game and wields the name of Anne Frank, the media has awarded [the AFC] authority it never earned. Even the Anti-Defamation Leagueanother organization co-opted by the Leftrefrained from accusing Sean Spicer of Holocaust denial.

Nevertheless, it isnt clear that the belligerent Anne Frank Center 2.0 is having any effect on the Trump presidency. Far from undermining the administration, Goldsteins frequent eruptions seem to have galvanized the President and his supporters.

Following a spate of bombing attacks on Jewish community centers in early 2017, the AFC launched yet another round of invectives accusing Trump of committing grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism [sic]. This time, however, the Donald responded. In a mid-February press conference, Trump condemned the violence, adding, It wont be my people who would be discovered as the perpetrators. It will be the people on the other side.

Predictably, the Left imploded. Jonathon Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League and a longtime Obama operative, said, We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the comments absurd and obscene. Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, the disgraced former head of the Democratic Party, characteristically blabbed: [Trump has] given license and permission to anti-Semites and opened the floodgates to anti-Semitic attacks. Steven Goldstein blasted Trumps prediction as anti-Semitism in itself.

Then, in March, police charged Juan Thompson, an African American Left-wing journalist, for making bomb threats against Jewish sites and organizations in the United States; later that month Israeli police arrested a Jewish Israeli-American teenager for doing the sameboth likely false flag attacks designed to smear the reputation of President Trump, his supporters and other conservatives. But the Left was deafeningly silent on the motivation behind these miscreants activities and quickly let the matter drop.

Despite the rhetoric, there is no evidence to support the narrative that Donald Trumps supporters are responsible for a rise in anti-Semitic crimes, if indeed there has been a risethe data is thin on this question. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in February found that Republicans and evangelical Christians are more favorable towards Jews than Democrats areand theyve grown even more affectionate since Election Day.

That doesnt stop the endless, apoplectic accusations of anti-Semitism. In a typical tweet, Goldstein accused Dr. Sebastian Gorkaa Hungarian-American member of Trumps national security advisory staffof having links with a neo-Nazi outfit in Hungary. In fact, Gorkas family hid Jews during the Holocaust. The crime which brought him under fire is his tough stance on fanatical Islamists; ironically, the same zealots who quite vocally seek the violent death of Jews.

In the rush to defame the Right for fictional crimes by blanketing the Trump administration in accusations of anti-Semitism, however, the Left has made some interesting revelations. Alan Dershowitz, a liberal author and notable Harvard professor, nailed it:

This guy who claims to be the head of the [Anne] Frank Center [Goldstein] is a total phony. There is no such thing, this is a minor institution with no credibility within the Jewish community. He is constantly trying to get headlines by overblowing everything.

[Sean Spicer] screwed up. And he apologized from his heart, and I am prepared to give him a pass on this. You know who I am not prepared to give a pass on this? The Democratic National Committee.

They have immediately decided to [politicize] this. This is the same Democratic National Committee, who has as co-chairman Keith Ellison, who didnt recognize the fact that he was working for an anti-Semite, [Louis] Farrakhan. This is just hypocrisy and I think we should not make politics out of this.

Dershowitz is right, of course, save for one thing: the Left intends to make politics out of everything. What these radicals have unwittingly done, though, is uncover their own anti-Semitic transgressions.

It was former President Barack Hussein Obama who authorized a staffer to call Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu chickenshit. It was Obama who lectured the Jewish state endlessly on the right of Palestinians to build settlements on Jewish land and negotiated Israel into a corner by all but rubber-stamping Irans nuclear program. Obamas first Secretary of State, the choleric Hillary Clinton, called Bill Clintons 1974 congressional campaign manager a f***ing Jew bastard.

In his last act as President, Obamas second Secretary of State, John Kerry, refused to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution declaring Jews have no connection with East Jerusalemmanaging to malign millennia of Jewish history, permanently damage Israeli national security, and secure his bosss place as the most anti-Israel president in modern U.S. history. The Simon Wiesenthal Center ranked the move the most anti-Semitic incident of 2016.

Contrast that with Donald Trump, whose brief time as president has already brought tangible victories to Jews in America and Israel.

For one, pro-Israel Jews and gentiles hold key positions in the Trump administration. His pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel is David Friedman, the devout Orthodox son of a New York rabbi and a brilliant economist, physicist, and legal scholar. (In contrast, the British ambassador to Israel is blandly touted for being openly gay; the French and Canadian ambassadors are lauded for being female; and none of them are Jewish.)

Trumps highly competent Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, is Jewish. Jason Dov Greenblatt, the administrations special representative for international negotiations, is a longtime personal friend of Trump who has been described by a leading American rabbi as a serious Jew and devoted friend of Israel.

Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and the Trump administrations U.N. ambassador, has made combating the U.N.s ubiquitous anti-Semitism her goal as the new sheriff in town. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel, Haley said, Im here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.s anti-Israel bias. On June 13, Haley criticized a report issued by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling it the latest example of the Human Rights Council singling out Israel rather than focusing on the worlds actual human rights abusers.

Donald Trump has familial reasons to sympathize with the tribe. Jared Kushnerthe Presidents beloved son-in-law and trusted adviseris a Modern Orthodox Jew. His wife, Ivanka, converted to Judaism from Presbyterianism shortly before their marriage in 2008, and the couple has raised their children in the Jewish faith; decisions apparently supported by Trump.

Of course, these facts are meaningless to zealots like Steven Goldstein. Goldstein and his cronies remain convinced beyond all evidence to the contrary that theyre living in an alternate reality perpetrated by a conservative cabal. In a February 2017 CNN panel, a growling Goldstein was reduced to sputtering rage at the mere mention of Donald Trump:

CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany: So, you think the President does not like Jews and is prejudiced against Jews? You think that about the President of the United States?

Steven Goldstein: You. Bet.

McEnany: Does he hate his daughter? Does he hate his [son-in-law]?

Goldstein: You know what, Kayleigh? I am tired of commentators like you from the Right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law, as talking points against the Presidents anti-Semitism. They are Jewish, but that is not a talking point against anti-Semitism

And on it goes. But just like the rest of the Lefts impotent attempts to slander the Right, these cries of anti-Semitism fall on deaf ears. In an op-ed to The Hill, Rabbi Dov Fisher points to the professional Democrat Jews who are as false as the Fake News they spread about the President of the United States:

If these leftists are so concerned about anti-Semitism, why is it that so many among them never once sought to protect me or Israel from Barack Obama or John Kerry? When Obama and Kerry combined to imperil Israel by entering into an horrific deal with Iran, they were quiet.

They do not condemn the anti-Semitism of an Al Sharpton, nor challenge why an Obama began his second Presidential campaign by meeting with Sharptons organization.

This President of the United States, Donald Trump, is the most philo-Semitic President of my lifetime, perhaps in American history. We Orthodox Jews know what anti-Semitism really is, what it sounds and feels like, at work and at play.

Israel has returned the warm feelings. A May 22 Politico piece notes that one in four Israeli Jews would vote for Donald Trump. A plurality thought he would be best at representing Israels interests over the other 2016 candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a sincere friend of the Republican Party, said that for the first time in many years and first in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. Conservative Israelis in particular delight in Trumps tough stance on growing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East (Israels most pressing concern), and his determination to eradicate the Islamic State.

In his weekly address during Passover and Easter, a reverent Trump praised the incredible people of Israel who have raised up the face of humankind. The state of Israel, he went on, stands as a monument to their faith and endurance. And like Israel, America is a nation of believers. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future. As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed.

The perennial war between statism and liberty is fought every day, and on countless fronts. The armed gangs which do the fighting go by many names and proclaim many -ismsenvironmentalism, social justice, anti-anti-Semitism, feminismbut they are bound up in the same insidious cause. Steven Goldstein and his cronies at the AFC may be small fry living in perpetual delusion, but they are also critical foot soldiers in the very real struggle to steal America from those who cherish it.

Sometimes they hide that goal successfully. Other times they dontas with the so-called Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which Rabbi Fisher muses is akin to someone forming a Martin Luther King Center to sell discount tickets to baseball games and ski resorts.

I couldnt have said it better myself.

Hayden Ludwig is a communications assistant at Capital Research Center.

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Trump Has Created an ‘Incubator of Hate,’ Says Anne Frank Center After Boston Holocaust Memorial Vandalized – Newsweek

A civil rights group has accused President Donald Trump ofcreating an incubator of hate after a Holocaust memorial in Boston was vandalized for the second time in two months on Monday. Police in Boston arrested a 17-year-old male suspect on Monday evening after being told by witnesses that he had thrown a rock and smashed part of a glass panel at the New England Holocaust Memorial. The suspects name has not been released, as he is a juvenile, but police said he would be charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property. The Boston Police Departments civil rights unit is also looking into the incident. Daily Emails and Alerts – Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox Workers clean up broken glass after the Holocaust Memorial was vandalized in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on August 14. Brian Snyder/Reuters The New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six luminous glass towers that are each 54 feet high. The panels are etched with millions of numbers that reflect the numbers tattooed onto victims by Nazi guards at concentration camps. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a Jewish nonprofit that promotes civil and human rights, tweeted that it held President Trump responsible for creating the climate in which such an act could take place. The incident came after demonstrations by white supremacists groups, including neo-Nazis, in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Some of the individuals who participated in the demonstrations wore Nazi insignias and made Nazi salutes. One woman was killed after a car was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters. President Trump has come underheavy criticism for failing to speak out againstthe groups involved in the clashes. While he condemned the violence on Saturday, Trump ascribed it to many sides and was widely condemned for not calling out white supremacist groups, some of which positioned themselves as Trump supporters. A man makes a slashing motion across his throat toward counter-protesters as he marches with other white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the alt-right during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Trump gave a press conference at the White House on Monday in which he called out the criminals and thugs behind the violence in Charlottesville, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. But despite the conciliatory tone, Trump later attacked the media for its coverage of the Charlottesville protests. The New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized in June, when 21-year-old James Isaac, who has a history of mental illness, was charged with destroying one of the 132 panels, the Boston Herald reported. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said on Monday that the vandalism will not be tolerated in our city and linked the incident to the weekend protests. In light of the recent events and unrest in Charlottesville, its sad to see a young person choose to engage in such senseless and shameful behavior, said Evans.

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Anne Frank Center responds to Jeffrey Lord’s firing – Raw Story

Good riddance! Thats what the Anne Frank Center had to say about CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord being fired Thursday after he tweeted, Sieg Heil, a victory salute that used to be said at political rallies. GOOD RIDDANCE, JEFFREY LORD. We commend @CNN for firing @POTUS defender Lord for using Nazi salute on Twitter, the organization wrote.

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Mystery artist leaves touching tribute to Anne Frank on banks of the Clyde – Glasgow Live

An artist has brightened up the riverside area of Glasgow by erecting an emotive plaque on the Kingston Bridge. The hand-painted piece, which features a quote attributed to Anne Frank, has been glued onto the underside of the Broomielaw landmark, and will no doubt become a favourite for social media users in the city over the coming days and weeks. The quote is taken from the young Jewish diarist’s book Diary Of A Young Girl, which was written while she was hiding during the German occupation of The Netherlands in the Second World War. Starting her memoirs aged just 13, she wrote in the secret annex of an old warehouse in Amsterdam. The book has gone on to sell over 30 million copies and has been translated into more than 67 languages since it was published in 1947. The inspiring quote is one familiar with Anne Franks tragic life and legacy, with celebrities such as US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka among famous people to have shared it with her followers on social media. The artist may be using the plaque to promote a theatre dramatization of The Diary Of Anne Frank, which is set to run for three nights at the Fort Theatre in Bishopbriggs in October. Whoever has created the plaque, we hope they keep at it and brighten up some other empty corners of the city.

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Anne Frank Center Responds To Jeffrey Lord’s ‘Sieg Heil’ Firing – International Business Times

Good riddance! Thats what the Anne Frank Center had to say about CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord being fired Thursday after he tweeted, Sieg Heil, a victory salute that used to be said at political rallies. GOOD RIDDANCE, JEFFREY LORD. We commend @CNN for firing @POTUS defender Lord for using Nazi salute on Twitter, the organization wrote. READ ALSO:5 Arrested In Florida For Possession Of Meth, Had Nazi Propaganda We commend CNN for immediately firing Jeffrey Lord, said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center of Mutual Respect. The infestation of #Antisemitism in Trumpworld is a global embarrassment and apparently has no end. The president will no doubt engage in distraction now by calling CNN fake news. But CNN is real news, and the Trump Administration and its defenders are filled with real prejudice. CNN commenter Jeffrey Lord was fired after he tweeted, “Hiel Seig,” which is a Nazi salute. Photo: Getty Images For quick background, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who hid during the Holocaust. During World War II, she kept a diary. Her and her family spent more than two years hiding in a secret room in Amsterdam. She ultimately died of typhus at a concentration camp. Her diary was published posthumously when her father, the only survivor of the family, discovered it. Using a Nazi salute was a red line for some CNN employees, New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali tweeted the same day. I’m told by two sources that two prominent CNN anchors made it clear to management that Lord’s tweet was an inexcusable red line, he wrote. CNN said there was no excuse for Lords tweet. Nazi salutes are indefensible,a CNN spokesperson said in a statementon the day of the controversy. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network. Lords response to his firing? He wrote it was just a joke, writing, LOL! The commentator added on the phone to CNN host Brian Stelter, I love CNN,but I feel they are caving to bullies here. Stelter added in another tweet: Lord told me his Sieg Heil! tweet was mocking the activists at @MMFA who are posing a serious threat to the American free press. MORE:Nazi Swastika Gets Love And Peace ‘Rebrand’ From T-Shirt Company Before he was fired, Lord he was going back and forth with people about fascism. When netizens told him his tweet was not funny he wrote back, Nazis, Fascists, mass murder and stamping out free speech are decidedly not funny. Media Matters Fascists are in to one of them. He said in another message: So opposing a Fascist/Nazi-style attempt to stop free speech is itself Nazi/Fascist? Ahhh Orwell and So you hate it when I mock Nazis and Fascists? Interesting. Follow me on Twitter @mariamzzarella

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Anne Frank Center Goes After Donald Trump With Alarming …

The use of Adolf Hitler as a go-to comparison for anyone you disagree with is an ignorant trope that trivializes the horrors committed before and during World War II. The Internet abounds with the overused comparison; everyone from Barack Obama to Taylor Swift has been compared to the German dictator. Related: Twitter Freaks Out Over Trump’s Latest Message To North Korea! Unfortunately, in the case of Donald Trump, there’s actually a case to be made. We don’t say that lightly, and neither does the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect. The non-profit, which was founded in 1959 by the father of the doomed diarist, tweeted on Tuesday: Trump’s name isn’t in the tweet, but over the next few hours, they made it clear to whom they were referring: In a statement to Newsweek, executive director (and the man who wrote the tweet) Steven Goldstein wanted to make it clear he was not equating Trump with Hitler, as that “would trivialize the Holocaust.” Obviously, Trump has not directed the deaths of millions of people. However, there is a real comparison to be made to Hitler’s pre-war actions. Goldstein explained: “By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust. 1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.” Damn. Well, you already knew the Nazis were supporting Trump. Now you know Anne Frank’s namesake is against him. So yeah. Not too terribly difficult to get on the right side of history here [Image via CNN.] Tags: adolf hitler, anne frank center, barack obama, donald trump, icky icky poo, lgbt, politik, scary!, twitter

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All-student cast and crew put on ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ at Maltz – Palm Beach Post

When the lights go down at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre this month, an entirely student-run production of The Diary of Anne Frank will unfold in front of the audience. The theater hosts a student production every year and pairs the young crew with mentors who are professionals in the field, said Julie Rowe, the theaters director of education. Students took the reins in every aspect including directing, costume design, lighting design and marketing. Each role has a mentor who guides the students while also allowing them to take control. As the director, Ashley Banker, 16, is in charge of deciding the actors positions onstage, coaching the performers and making decisions in the production design. I love the artistry involved in directing, Banker said. I love bringing stories to life, and Anne Frank is the perfect opportunity. The play, which depicts the true experiences of a girl who recorded her thoughts as she underwent puberty inside a hidden attic during World War II, confronts complex and adult issues. The cast and crew were thrilled by the challenges of the story and have taken extensive measures to accurately display the difficult tale, Rowe said. Every day we talk about the message of the play, Rowe said. The cast and crew were required to write and share journal entries similar to the ones Anne Frank wrote in order to bring them closer to each other and the play. They also visited the Holocaust museum in St. Petersburg, heard from a rabbi and engaged in method acting by sitting completely still in silence for 30 minutes to empathize with the plight of the people portrayed. (Im) absolutely enraptured with this young girl who (is) spanning history to talk to me, Banker said. Frank will be embodied by Skye Alyssa Friedman, 15, who just celebrated four years since her Broadway debut in Annie. I always knew this was my purpose in life, to share stories, Friedman said. Friedman, like many of the students, has been profoundly affected by the play and its message. Its important for people to be constantly reminded of the Holocaust and what happened, Friedman said, because if we forget, its bound to happen again. We cant deny what happened in our past. The project has been underway since March and the team has dedicated five hours a day since mid-July to practices, Friedman said. Excellent production can be expected because it is highly valued at the theater, which entertains Florida locals and many New York part-time residents alike, said the Dana Munson, marketing director. This is the fourth year of the student-led production, which has taught students who went on to attend New York University and work in professional roles, Rowe said. I think its really compelling that these kids want to work on this story on their summer break, Rowe said. Makes me excited that theyre guiding our future. The one-night-only show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will cost $20 for students and $25 for adults. The theater is at 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Call 561-575-2223 for tickets.

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Editor who saved Anne Frank’s diary – The Hindu

Judith Jones, the legendary editor who rescued Anne Frank’s diary from a US publisher’s rejection pile, died recently. She was 93. Jones, a luminary of the publishing world, who also introduced the world to American culinary writer Julia Child, was close to literary giants such as John Updike, Anne Tyler, William Maxwell, John Hersey, Peter Taylor and Sharon Olds. She passed away at her home in Vermont, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group said in a statement. She worked for Knopf for more than 50 years, joining the company in 1957 and officially retiring only in 2011. “Judith was a legend in book publishing,” said Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor-in-chief, paying tribute to the once young assistant who rescued Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” from a rejection pile in Paris. The diary, which the young Jewish girl had written while hiding from the Nazis between June 1942 and August 1944, is one of the most famous testimonies of life in World War II and one of the most famous diaries of all time. Frank, who was born in Germany and lived with her family in the Netherlands, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp aged 15, just months before the war ended. Her diary was first published in the Netherlands in 1947, followed by French and German editions in 1950 before appearing in Britain and the United States in 1952. The first US edition of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” ran a modest 5,000 copies and contained a preface from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Doubleday reputedly spent little on publicity, but sales quickly took off. A subsequent US play “Diary of Anne Frank” was a Broadway hit and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1956. A 1959 Hollywood movie won three Oscars. The diary has been a fixure on school curricula since the 1960s. Worldwide, the diary has sold more than 30 million copies in 67 languages. Jones was also instrumental in persuading Alfred Knopf to publish in 1961 “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” — a tome that introduced generations of American home cooks to French food and to now legendary chef Julia Child. “It is no exaggeration to say that she profoundly influenced not only the way America reads and but also the way we cook,” Mehta said Wednesday. Jones won five Pulitzer Prizes, five National Book Awards and three National Book Critics Circle Awards, and her cookbook authors won dozens and dozens of prizes, said Knopf Doubleday.AFP

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Trump’s America Is Looking a Lot Like Germany Before World War II, Anne Frank Center Says – Newsweek

Updated| A human rightsorganization inspired by World War II diarist Anne Frank referenced the Holocaust Tuesday in an attempt to caution its followers about President Donald Trump. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a New York Citybased nonprofit that says it wasfounded by Anne’s father in 1959, shared an image on Twitter of a bulleted list laying out what appeared to be similarities between Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Among them were”the president creates his own media,” “he endorses police brutality,” and “he demonizes people who believe, look or love differently.” “Alarming parallels of history escalate,” the center wrote. Daily Emails and Alerts – Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox Related: Anne Frank’s stepsister: ‘Donald Trump is acting like Hitler’ In a statement to Newsweek, executive director and tweet author Steven Goldstein points out that the tweet doesn’t directly compare Trump and Hitler. Hitlertargeted and killed millions of Jewish, disabled and gay people in the 1930s and 1940s. Equating him with Trump “would trivialize the Holocaust,” Goldstein says. However, he adds, the tweet’s language and message wereintentional. “By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust,” Goldstein says. “1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.” Tuesday wasn’t the first time the center has spoken out about the White House. It’s become aregular critic of Trump and his team,bluntly calling out everything from the president’s plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico to former press secretary Sean Spicer’s complaints about Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of him onSaturday Night Live. But the louder it gets, the more the center is scrutinized. The Capital Research Center, a conservative think tank, has raised doubts that Anne’s father was truly involved in the project and accused it of using her name to “advance its anti-Trump agenda.” Goldstein pushed back against those allegations in an interview with The Atlantic. “So help me God, if Donald Trump were a Democrat, I would criticize him with the same gusto,” he said. Regardless, Trump has been likened to Hitler before. Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said in 2016 that Trump’s “strident rhetoric” was similar to Hitler’s, and North Korean state media has called Trump’s “America first” foreign policy “Nazism in the 21st century.” And, most recently, several critics posted on Twitter that Trump’s late July speech to Boy Scouts about loyalty reminded them ofthe HitlerYouth, a branch of the Nazi Party.

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Anne Frank’s Tragic Legacy Abused by the Left – Capital Research Center

Summary: The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC) is a political attack group posing as a Holocaust education organization. The AFC has evolved from a quiet nonprofit into a personal propaganda machine for its flamboyant executive director, Steven Goldsteinwho uses Anne Franks tragic victimhood and Holocaust imagery to advance its anti-Trump agenda. If theres one group that proves the American Left can make anything rotten, its the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Dont let that name fool you; this is a run-of-the-mill example of a group co-opted and retooled by the Left into a hard-driving propaganda machine. Under new ultra-partisan ownership, its become a self-anointed one-man crusade against anti-Semitism and other -isms, sporting a slick, heart-tugging moniker aimed at garnering as much mainstream media coverage as possible. Theres only one problema big onethe Anne Frank Center has nothing to do with Anne Frank. Instead, its a partisan attack dog aimed at assailing the Donald Trump administration. Anne Frank is, of course, a powerful symbol of the lives lost in the Holocaust, and a source of education to millions about the danger of tyranny. Unlike the young German Holocaust victim it takes its name from, however, there is nothing genuine about the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC). It has changed its name, its leadership, and its mission statement to the point where it has become unrecognizable from its original iteration. Even the first AFCsupposedly founded in 1959 as the American Friends of the Anne Frank Centerhas dubious connections to the young German-Jewish girl who died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. The AFC claims Annes father, Otto Frank, established the organization in New York; yet officials at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Fonds (which owns the rights to her diary) in Switzerland deny the connection. The facts are hazy. The wife of AFCs first president relates, I think my husband met with [Otto Frank] once or twice. Members of the original staff claim the AFC was started in 1977 (when it achieved its IRS 501(c)(3) status). Grayson Covil, the AFCs executive director in the 1980s, puts it plainly: I dont believe that Otto Frank started the American Friends of the Anne Frank Center. For an organization that was supposedly founded less than six decades ago by a world-renowned Holocaust survivor, the Anne Frank Center sure has a hard time proving where it came from. In almost every regard, too, the AFC is vastly different from the public image it cultivates. It has no mass membership or scholarly board. It isnt Jewish, and it doesnt seek to educate about the Holocaust. In fact, its difficult to find anything about the group that isnt illusion or flat-out lie, with one exception: the Anne Frank Center has exceptional Left-wing credentials. On April 11, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered remarks on the chaotic Syrian Civil War: We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as [Adolf] Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons. Strictly speaking, Spicer was correct; the sarin gas used to murder victims of the Nazi death camps was never defined as a chemical weapon. During the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, Albert Speer, the German Minister of Armaments and War Production, testified that the Nazis purposely avoided using chemical weapons in warfare in order to avoid like retaliation and, in his own words, international crimes which could be held against the German people after they had lost the war. Ironic as his statement was, the prosecutors understood the difference between chemical weapons used in combat and the sarin gas employed in the death camps. Spicer was referencing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the dictators use of deadly gas on Syrian citizens, but for the Left-wing press it was tantamount to denying the Holocaust. The run of Democratic hacksNancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, to name a fewlaunched a predictably shrill salvo calling for Spicers resignation. Spicer quickly offered his heartfelt apologies, explaining he had been referring to the use of sarin gas in combat, not in the setting of Nazi holocaust centers. This second slip-up (he should have said concentration camps) earned the beleaguered press secretary yet another round of phony lamentations as the Left howled aghast and rent its collective clothes. BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW. Credit: Executive Office of the POTUS. License: https://goo.gl/fxw8oA (Public domain). It was political opportunism; even MSNBC host Chris Matthews stated in 2013 that Adolf Hitler didnt use chemical weapons, and he was never called a Holocaust denier. But one voice rose above the general cacophony. Safely ensconced in cosmopolitan New York City, Steven Goldsteinexecutive director of the Anne Frank Centerlaunched a flurry of social media attacks implying Spicer is a Holocaust denier: BREAKING NEWS: SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW. On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicers statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. The vitriol emanating from an outlet named for a 15-year old Holocaust victim took many by surprise, even on the Left. The AFC is tiny, and before mid-2016 was hardly known outside of its New York headquarters. But this wasnt the first time its vocal new executive director had assailed the Donald Trump administration for its supposed anti-Semitism. On January 27, the White House released its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement and came under immediate fire from Goldstein: [Trumps] 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. What was the President guilty of? The statement left out the word Jew in its attempt to honor the myriad groups victimized by the Nazis. After the Left spent decades expanding Holocaust education to include non-Jewish victims (such as homosexuals and gypsies) in order to universalize the tragedy, its rich that Trump could be accused of anti-Semitism for neglecting to mention Jews in his 117-word statement. Never mind the fact that it was a Jewish aide descended from Holocaust survivors who wrote the statement. It is anti-Semitism in Goldsteins eyesand this from an organization with Mutual Respect in the name. So who is Goldstein, and what does the AFC actually advocate for? Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism. Screenshot. Credit: Erin Burnett Out Front (CNN). License: https://goo.gl/h7vMcB. Prior to 2016, the AFC was a sleepy educational charity with a staff of less than ten that ran its little storefront museum in New York City. All that changed when the AFC was made the target of a hostile Left-wing takeover. Ten members of the original 21-person board were replaced, and the original staff quit or were fired. In their place came the usual cadre of whingy stage actors, hardened Democrat campaign veterans, and social justice warriors. Their staff biographies veritably sparkle with leftist slogans; they really want you to know they are staunch social justice advocate[s] who fully realize the fight for total equality is never over. Even former staffhardly staunch conservatives themselvesadmit the AFC has taken a radical turn. Yvonne Simons, former executive director and herself a vocal progressive, noted that the board of directors changed its mission after my 10-year tenure. The prior board chair was replaced with Peter Rapaport, a Manhattanite and private-wealth manager. Rapaport, in turn, led the push in June 2016 to appoint Steven Goldstein as executive director to the new Anne Frank Center. Since that time, Goldstein has closed the AFCs modest museum, slapped the words Mutual Respect onto the name, and waded it shrilly into the fetid bog of Left-wing activism. Like many co-opted outlets, the AFC hardly conceals its real motives. It only halfheartedly tries to blend in among legitimate anti-Semitism organizations, and admits it isnt Jewish. William Shulman, president of the respected Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO), divulged in an interview that the AFC is inactive in the AHO beyond paying its dues. Not that the AFC has a problem with this; Rapaport fully admits that it isnt our focus to be pro-Jewish or to be just a Holocaust-education [organization]. After all, why would anyone assume that the Anne Frank Center had anything to do with the Holocaust? The new AFC apparently felt strong enough about the Jewish connection that it almost immediately dissolved the last thing actually linking it to Anne Frankits advisory board of Holocaust experts. Goldstein explained the move with specious credulity: Nobody knew what their purpose was. As everyone knows, the last thing a nonprofit dedicated to combating anti-Semitism needs are Holocaust experts. But this isnt Goldsteins first foray into the fever swamps of Left-wing hysteria. Steven Goldstein (b. 1962) is a political activist from New Jersey. His degrees are from elite, typically Left-wing universities: Brandeis University (B.A.), Harvard (M.A., Public Policy), the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and Columbia Law School. Goldstein is a longtime Democratic Party operative, starting out as co-campaign manager in 2000 for Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ), then as press secretary to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), followed by a stint with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and last as a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. In the early 2000s Goldstein worked as a television producer for NBC. In 2004 he founded Garden State Equality, a New Jersey same-sex marriage campaign. He left in 2013 when Rutgers University-Newark hired the activist to be its Associate Chancellor for External Relations. Bizarrely, Goldstein briefly owned Attention America, a now-defunct Manhattan public affairs firm that was approached by the bin Laden family in October 2001, seeking a PR company to distance themselves from Osama bin Laden, following the 9/11 attacks. This self-proclaimed Harvey Milk of New Jersey (taken from a June 2016 interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) first wormed into the national spotlight in 2006 during the Laurel Hester debacle. Hester, a police lieutenant in Ocean County, NJ, diagnosed with lung cancer, had sought to extend survivor benefits to her lesbian partner. Goldstein leaped at the chance to showboatin his words, to flash his sense of camp. He claimed the Countys decision to extend Hesters benefits to her partner as a personal victory, which would lead to the 2015 feature film Freeheld, where Goldstein is played by actor Steve Carell. In the movie Goldstein is portrayed as a self-serving ideologue bent on making an issue of survivor benefits into a broader gay marriage campaignto the point where he nearly costs Hester her victory. David Smith, the AFCs deputy executive director, also has a long history in Left-wing politics. Smith notes his time working for Goldstein as deputy executive director for Garden State Equality. He touts his extensive background in Democratic political campaigns, and served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. If these two sound like the B-team still learning on the job, theyre finding success in bamboozling much of the media into believing theyre real Holocaust experts. Together, Goldstein and Smith are prepared to take the AFC to new lows in the vague but tireless quest to call out prejudice, counter discrimination and advocate for the kinder and fairer world of which Anne Frank dreamed. Or so they say. Its difficult to imagine exactly what kind of world this little girl would have embraced and defended. Anneliese Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 12, 1929, but lived most of her life in Amsterdam, where she penned the diary that made her name synonymous with Holocaust tragedy. In July 1942, the Frank family went into hiding in the secret annex of a building on Prinsengracht, in Amsterdam. They survived cooped up there until August 1944, when they were discovered, arrested, and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland. Anne was soon relocated to the camp at Bergen-Belsen where she died, likely from a combination of exhaustion and typhus in early February 1945. Otto Frank was a key mover in the effort to make his daughters diary famous. In 1963, he founded the Anne Frank Fonds in Basel, Switzerland, where hed relocated following Germanys defeat in May 1945. After his death in 1980, the Fonds continued as the legitimate owner of Annes diary and related materials. Goldstein has inanely called Anne one of the greatest feminist and social justice leaders in history. Implying that this fifteen-year-old led the charge to fight sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, [and] bias against the differently abled is patently absurd. Screenshot. Credit: Anne Frank Fonds. License: https://goo.gl/P31piA. Goldstein and his toadies are hardly the first to appropriate the Holocaust tragedy for their own political ends, but their use of Anne Frank as a generic fill-in for any and all social justice campaigns is especially galling. It is, in the end, terribly convenient for the AFC that Anne cannot speak for herself; otherwise she might sound suspiciously unlike the social justice guerrilla the AFC has made her out to be. Its hard to know, for example, what Anne might have felt upon seeing a man wearing a dress claiming to be a woman who used to be a manbut being the product of a middle-class background in an era before the general acceptance of such shenanigans, she probably wouldnt have reacted in a positive way. Still, a little history couldnt stop Goldstein from bravely posting his vitriol across social media, where the AFC has twisted and warped Anne Frank into a screeching snowflake commando armed with her trusty hashtags. Some ask: How dare you use Anne Franks name to stand up for Muslims as you would for everyone else? the AFC wrote in one post. We respond: You havent a clue as to what Anne Frank stood for. What? Who could have imagined in 1945 that Anne Frank would one day be a full-throated defender of Black Lives Matter, or a bare-knuckle brawler taking on the supposedly racist proponents of Islamophobia? This kind of revisionist invective would be comical if it werent so cynical: Rolf Wolfswinkel, an actual Anne Frank scholar and former member of the AFCs expert board, doesnt conceal his distaste for the new bulked-up, progressive Anne: To believe that Anne Frank is a sort of Mother Teresa, or a universal symbol of tolerance and goodnessI dont see it in the diary he writes. By taking the Jewishness out of the Holocaust, are we still talking about the same thing? On its Twitter banner, the AFC displays an image with a smiling Anne superimposed on a photo depicting crying Arab children and hijab-sporting Muslims. America denied immigration to refugee Anne Frank, the caption reads, Open your heart to refugees and immigrants today. The image was created in response to President Donald Trumps lawful and constitutional executive order temporary halting immigration from six terrorist-breeding countries in the Middle East. Goldsteins minions wasted no time in decrying the RACIST MUSLIM BAN and peppering AFCs social media with what passes for witty commentary in leftist circles. That a young Jewish victim of anti-Semitism is cast as the poster-child for victimized anti-Semites in the Middle East is an irony Goldstein likely cant fathom. But like the AFC in general, the outrage over anti-Semitism is a Potemkin village; the real fight is with President Trump. Steven Goldstein has taken it upon himself to wage holy war against the Trump administration. A vocal Hillary Clinton supporter during the 2016 election, he is quick to assail the Republican Party while attempting to disguise himself behind the veil of nonpartisanship. In March, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson gave a speech in front of department employees, referring to African slaves as immigrants: There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. It was hardly the stuff to spark revolution. This is as offensive a remark as it gets, an outraged Goldstein nevertheless pronounced. You do not get a pass because you are African-American, any more than President Trump gets a pass for his delayed and sometimes nonexistent responses to [anti-Semitism] because he has Jewish relatives. A devastating salvo, to be sure, yet one which raises a question: why should Steven Goldstein, a white Jew, be more offended at a remark about black slaves than Ben Carson, the descendant of African slaves? Moreover, Carsons words have the weight of the English language behind them. Websters Dictionary defines immigrant as a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence. Its a rare and entertaining spectacle, but on occasion even leftists turn on each other: In this case, Steven Goldstein may have pushed the envelope beyond what the conventional Left is prepared to accept. In spring 2017 the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam released a statement distancing itself from Goldsteins political comments: The Anne Frank [House] is a museum and an educational organisation [sic]. We too see social developments that cause us great concern, including an increase in antisemitic [sic] incidents and other forms of discrimination. We stay out of the political playing field, and see it as our task to achieve our missioncombating anti-Semitism, racism and discriminationthrough our educational activities. The world of nonprofits dedicated to educating about anti-Semitism is crowded, and for the most part, attempts to stay removed from controversy. But, of course, the Anne Frank Center isnt a real part of that world, judges David Benkof, a Jewish historian. Armed with a great organizational title, Benkof writes in the Daily Caller, incendiary but ready-to-print quotes; and a gullible media slavishly lapping it all up, Goldstein is finding tremendous success promoting his civil rights warrior career aspirations. Neither is the center-Left Atlantic magazine buying the AFCs narrative. [B]ecause it talks a big game and wields the name of Anne Frank, the media has awarded [the AFC] authority it never earned. Even the Anti-Defamation Leagueanother organization co-opted by the Leftrefrained from accusing Sean Spicer of Holocaust denial. Nevertheless, it isnt clear that the belligerent Anne Frank Center 2.0 is having any effect on the Trump presidency. Far from undermining the administration, Goldsteins frequent eruptions seem to have galvanized the President and his supporters. Following a spate of bombing attacks on Jewish community centers in early 2017, the AFC launched yet another round of invectives accusing Trump of committing grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism [sic]. This time, however, the Donald responded. In a mid-February press conference, Trump condemned the violence, adding, It wont be my people who would be discovered as the perpetrators. It will be the people on the other side. Predictably, the Left imploded. Jonathon Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League and a longtime Obama operative, said, We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. Sen. Chuck Schumer called the comments absurd and obscene. Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, the disgraced former head of the Democratic Party, characteristically blabbed: [Trump has] given license and permission to anti-Semites and opened the floodgates to anti-Semitic attacks. Steven Goldstein blasted Trumps prediction as anti-Semitism in itself. Then, in March, police charged Juan Thompson, an African American Left-wing journalist, for making bomb threats against Jewish sites and organizations in the United States; later that month Israeli police arrested a Jewish Israeli-American teenager for doing the sameboth likely false flag attacks designed to smear the reputation of President Trump, his supporters and other conservatives. But the Left was deafeningly silent on the motivation behind these miscreants activities and quickly let the matter drop. Despite the rhetoric, there is no evidence to support the narrative that Donald Trumps supporters are responsible for a rise in anti-Semitic crimes, if indeed there has been a risethe data is thin on this question. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in February found that Republicans and evangelical Christians are more favorable towards Jews than Democrats areand theyve grown even more affectionate since Election Day. That doesnt stop the endless, apoplectic accusations of anti-Semitism. In a typical tweet, Goldstein accused Dr. Sebastian Gorkaa Hungarian-American member of Trumps national security advisory staffof having links with a neo-Nazi outfit in Hungary. In fact, Gorkas family hid Jews during the Holocaust. The crime which brought him under fire is his tough stance on fanatical Islamists; ironically, the same zealots who quite vocally seek the violent death of Jews. In the rush to defame the Right for fictional crimes by blanketing the Trump administration in accusations of anti-Semitism, however, the Left has made some interesting revelations. Alan Dershowitz, a liberal author and notable Harvard professor, nailed it: This guy who claims to be the head of the [Anne] Frank Center [Goldstein] is a total phony. There is no such thing, this is a minor institution with no credibility within the Jewish community. He is constantly trying to get headlines by overblowing everything. [Sean Spicer] screwed up. And he apologized from his heart, and I am prepared to give him a pass on this. You know who I am not prepared to give a pass on this? The Democratic National Committee. They have immediately decided to [politicize] this. This is the same Democratic National Committee, who has as co-chairman Keith Ellison, who didnt recognize the fact that he was working for an anti-Semite, [Louis] Farrakhan. This is just hypocrisy and I think we should not make politics out of this. Dershowitz is right, of course, save for one thing: the Left intends to make politics out of everything. What these radicals have unwittingly done, though, is uncover their own anti-Semitic transgressions. It was former President Barack Hussein Obama who authorized a staffer to call Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu chickenshit. It was Obama who lectured the Jewish state endlessly on the right of Palestinians to build settlements on Jewish land and negotiated Israel into a corner by all but rubber-stamping Irans nuclear program. Obamas first Secretary of State, the choleric Hillary Clinton, called Bill Clintons 1974 congressional campaign manager a f***ing Jew bastard. In his last act as President, Obamas second Secretary of State, John Kerry, refused to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution declaring Jews have no connection with East Jerusalemmanaging to malign millennia of Jewish history, permanently damage Israeli national security, and secure his bosss place as the most anti-Israel president in modern U.S. history. The Simon Wiesenthal Center ranked the move the most anti-Semitic incident of 2016. Contrast that with Donald Trump, whose brief time as president has already brought tangible victories to Jews in America and Israel. For one, pro-Israel Jews and gentiles hold key positions in the Trump administration. His pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel is David Friedman, the devout Orthodox son of a New York rabbi and a brilliant economist, physicist, and legal scholar. (In contrast, the British ambassador to Israel is blandly touted for being openly gay; the French and Canadian ambassadors are lauded for being female; and none of them are Jewish.) Trumps highly competent Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, is Jewish. Jason Dov Greenblatt, the administrations special representative for international negotiations, is a longtime personal friend of Trump who has been described by a leading American rabbi as a serious Jew and devoted friend of Israel. Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and the Trump administrations U.N. ambassador, has made combating the U.N.s ubiquitous anti-Semitism her goal as the new sheriff in town. I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel, Haley said, Im here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.s anti-Israel bias. On June 13, Haley criticized a report issued by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling it the latest example of the Human Rights Council singling out Israel rather than focusing on the worlds actual human rights abusers. Donald Trump has familial reasons to sympathize with the tribe. Jared Kushnerthe Presidents beloved son-in-law and trusted adviseris a Modern Orthodox Jew. His wife, Ivanka, converted to Judaism from Presbyterianism shortly before their marriage in 2008, and the couple has raised their children in the Jewish faith; decisions apparently supported by Trump. Of course, these facts are meaningless to zealots like Steven Goldstein. Goldstein and his cronies remain convinced beyond all evidence to the contrary that theyre living in an alternate reality perpetrated by a conservative cabal. In a February 2017 CNN panel, a growling Goldstein was reduced to sputtering rage at the mere mention of Donald Trump: CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany: So, you think the President does not like Jews and is prejudiced against Jews? You think that about the President of the United States? Steven Goldstein: You. Bet. McEnany: Does he hate his daughter? Does he hate his [son-in-law]? Goldstein: You know what, Kayleigh? I am tired of commentators like you from the Right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law, as talking points against the Presidents anti-Semitism. They are Jewish, but that is not a talking point against anti-Semitism And on it goes. But just like the rest of the Lefts impotent attempts to slander the Right, these cries of anti-Semitism fall on deaf ears. In an op-ed to The Hill, Rabbi Dov Fisher points to the professional Democrat Jews who are as false as the Fake News they spread about the President of the United States: If these leftists are so concerned about anti-Semitism, why is it that so many among them never once sought to protect me or Israel from Barack Obama or John Kerry? When Obama and Kerry combined to imperil Israel by entering into an horrific deal with Iran, they were quiet. They do not condemn the anti-Semitism of an Al Sharpton, nor challenge why an Obama began his second Presidential campaign by meeting with Sharptons organization. This President of the United States, Donald Trump, is the most philo-Semitic President of my lifetime, perhaps in American history. We Orthodox Jews know what anti-Semitism really is, what it sounds and feels like, at work and at play. Israel has returned the warm feelings. A May 22 Politico piece notes that one in four Israeli Jews would vote for Donald Trump. A plurality thought he would be best at representing Israels interests over the other 2016 candidates, including Hillary Clinton. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a sincere friend of the Republican Party, said that for the first time in many years and first in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. Conservative Israelis in particular delight in Trumps tough stance on growing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East (Israels most pressing concern), and his determination to eradicate the Islamic State. In his weekly address during Passover and Easter, a reverent Trump praised the incredible people of Israel who have raised up the face of humankind. The state of Israel, he went on, stands as a monument to their faith and endurance. And like Israel, America is a nation of believers. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future. As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed. The perennial war between statism and liberty is fought every day, and on countless fronts. The armed gangs which do the fighting go by many names and proclaim many -ismsenvironmentalism, social justice, anti-anti-Semitism, feminismbut they are bound up in the same insidious cause. Steven Goldstein and his cronies at the AFC may be small fry living in perpetual delusion, but they are also critical foot soldiers in the very real struggle to steal America from those who cherish it. Sometimes they hide that goal successfully. Other times they dontas with the so-called Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which Rabbi Fisher muses is akin to someone forming a Martin Luther King Center to sell discount tickets to baseball games and ski resorts. I couldnt have said it better myself. Hayden Ludwig is a communications assistant at Capital Research Center.

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