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Richard Spencer Demands Respect On Israeli TV, says Jews are ‘Overrepresented’ – Newsweek

Speaking in an interview on Israeli television, white nationalist Richard Spencer Wednesday said Jews were overrepresented when challenged on antisemitism, adding Jews and Israelis should respect him despite his supremacist views.

Spencer, who has previously courted Israeli media,despite engaging in Holocaust denial and refusing to condemn Hitler, made the remarks while speaking to Israeli state broadcasterChannel 2.

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The alt-right figurehead was initially questioned on the weekends deadly clashes between white supremacist protesters and anti-fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. Spencer refrained from discussing James Alex Fields Jr., thewhite nationalist who standsaccused of deliberately plowing his car into the group of counter protesters and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. We actually dont know if it was murder yet, Spencer said, adding that he was waiting for all the facts of the case to emerge.

Spencer, who was present at the rally in Charlottesville in protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. was asked aboutthe anti-Jewish slogans shouted during the demonstration. He said the popularity of Donald Trump and the rally in Virginia was the reaction of the maligned white majority.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – AUGUST 14: White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks to select media in his office space on August 14, 2017 Tasos Katopodis/Getty Image

Lets be honest, Spencer said, when asked whether such slogans constitute anti-Semitism, according to Haaretz. Jews are vastly overrepresented in what you could call the establishment, that is, Ivy League educated people who really determine policy, and white people are being dispossessed from this country.”

The Channel 2 anchor questioned how Jews should react to these kinds of statements. You are speaking now with a Jewish journalist, most of our viewers are Jews. How should I feel? he asked.

As an Israeli citizen, someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me, who has analogue feelings about whites, Spencer said.

You could say that I am a white Zionistin the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel, he added.

On occasion, Spencer has attempted to ingratiate himself to the Israeli right by calling for an alliance with Jews and in December telling Haaretz that he would respect moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

However, he has faced a backlash particularly for his comments on the Holocaust. In December he praised Donald Trumps controversial Holocaust Day remembrance speech which prompted criticism for failing to mention Jews or anti-Semitism. Spencer called it the de-Judification of the Holocaust.

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Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With CEOs, Military and GOP – New York Times

Five armed services chiefs of the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines and the National Guard Bureau posted statements on social media condemning neo-Nazis and racism in uncompromising terms. They did not mention Mr. Trump by name, but their messages were a highly unusual counter to the commander in chief.

Republicans, too, issued new denunciations of the hatred on display in Charlottesville, although some remained vague about Mr. Trumps remarks.

Vice President Mike Pence abruptly cut short a trip in South America as his aides announced he would return home early to attend meetings on Friday and through the weekend at Camp David. The White House insisted that the topic of the meetings would be South Asia. During his travels, Mr. Pence stood by the president but declined to defend Mr. Trumps comments at Trump Tower on Tuesday that both sides in Charlottesville were to blame.

In a tweet on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump urged supporters to join me at a campaign rally scheduled for Aug. 22 in Phoenix. But the Phoenix mayor, Greg Stanton, said in his own tweet that he was disappointed that the president would hold a political event as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville. He urged Mr. Trump to delay the visit.

The presidents top advisers described themselves as stunned, despondent and numb. Several said they were unable to see how Mr. Trumps presidency would recover, and others expressed doubts about his capacity to do the job.

In contrast, the president told close aides that he felt liberated by his news conference. Aides said he seemed to bask afterward in his remarks, and viewed them as the latest retort to the political establishment that he sees as trying to tame his impulses.

Mr. Trumps venting on Tuesday came despite pleas from his staff, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Instead of taking their advice to stop talking about the protest, the president eagerly unburdened himself of what he viewed as political correctness in favor of a take-no-prisoners attack on the alt-left.

On Wednesday, even Fox News, a favorite of the presidents, repeatedly carried criticism of Mr. Trump. One Fox host, Shepard Smith, said that he had been unable to find a single Republican to come on-air to defend Mr. Trumps remarks.

No one from the presidents team has resigned as of yet, but some spoke candidly on Wednesday about whether they could continue to work much longer for a man who has expressed such sentiments. Most incensed among Mr. Trumps top advisers, according to three people familiar with the situation, was Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, who told people around him that he was offended, as a Jew and as an American, by the presidents reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.

The relationship between the president and Mr. Cohn, who stood next to Mr. Trump during the news conference, seems to have suffered a serious blow. Although White House aides denied that he was planning to quit, they acknowledged that Mr. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, was upset with the presidents lack of discipline.

One aide who felt energized by the presidents actions was the embattled White House chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who shares Mr. Trumps anger at the efforts of local governments to remove monuments honoring prominent Confederate figures like Robert E. Lee. The proposed removal of a Lee statue from a public park in Charlottesville spurred the demonstrations last weekend.

Mr. Bannon, whose future in the White House remains uncertain, has been encouraging Mr. Trump to remain defiant. Two White House officials who have been trying to moderate the presidents position suggested that Mr. Bannon was using the crisis as a way to get back in the good graces of the president, who has soured on Mr. Bannons internal machinations and reputation for leaking stories about West Wing rivals to conservative news media outlets.

Many in the White House said they still held on to the hope, however slim, that the new White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, could impose order on the disarray even as Mr. Trump hopscotches from one self-destructive episode to the next.

Mr. Kelly, who watched the presidents performance on Tuesday with his head hung low, grimacing at some of Mr. Trumps remarks, is frustrated, according to people inside the White House.

Several people who participated in White House conference calls over the weekend said Mr. Kelly initially did not seem to fully grasp the effect of the controversy about the presidents remarks. But as a former Marine, Mr. Kelly is determined to try to bring order to the White House, the officials said.

The White House turmoil intensified as friends and relatives gathered to memorialize Heather Heyer, the woman who was struck and killed on Saturday. Susan Bro, Ms. Heyers mother, told worshipers that her daughter had been protesting hatred by the nationalist groups when she was killed by one of them.

They tried to kill my child to shut her up, but guess what, you just magnified her, Ms. Bro said.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, denounced hate and bigotry in a statement on Wednesday but made no mention of Mr. Trump or his comments an example of the careful line that some Republican officials are treading as they hope to work with the president on a conservative agenda in the months to come.

Leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition were more direct, calling on Mr. Trump to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. They added: There are no good Nazis and no good members of the Klan. Thankfully, in modern America, the K.K.K. and Nazis are small fringe groups that have never been welcome in the G.O.P.

David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, delivered an emotional statement to reporters on Wednesday at Mr. Trumps private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where the president is vacationing. Treading carefully without chiding Mr. Trump, Mr. Shulkin said: Well, Im speaking out, and Im giving my personal opinions as an American and as a Jewish American. And for me in particular, I think in learning history, that we know that staying silent on these issues is simply not acceptable.

Paraphrasing famous words from Martin Niemller, a German pastor and a vocal critic of Adolf Hitler, Mr. Shulkin said, First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I wasnt a trade unionist, so I didnt speak out. Then they came for the Jews. I wasnt a Jew so I didnt speak out. Then they came for me, and there was no one to speak for me.

Many other Jewish members of the Trump administration remained largely silent on Wednesday, even after the protesters in Charlottesville had chanted anti-Semitic slogans and demeaned the presidents Jewish son-in-law, Mr. Kushner.

Steven Mnuchin, the secretary of the Treasury, who is also Jewish, stood silently behind Mr. Trump on Tuesday as the president said there were very fine people on both sides in Charlottesville. Mr. Mnuchin has not said anything publicly about the presidents remarks.

Mr. Kushner has been silent about Mr. Trumps comments. Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism, said in a tweet on Sunday, There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.

Michael D. Cohen, the presidents longtime personal lawyer, who is Jewish, denounced hate groups but defended Mr. Trump in response to a reporters question on Wednesday.

I know President Trump and his heart, Mr. Cohen wrote. He is a good man and doesnt have a racist bone in his body.

An earlier version of this article misstated the branch of one of the leaders of the armed services who posted on social media condemning racism. It was the chief of the National Guard Bureau, not the Coast Guard. The article also misstated the location of a statue of Robert E. Lee that was the focus of the Charlottesville protests; it is in a public park, not on the University of Virginia campus.

Michael D. Shear and Glenn Thrush reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York and Bedminster, N.J.

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A version of this article appears in print on August 17, 2017, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Trump Response To Violent Rally Shocks His Allies.

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Coulee Jews, faith leaders decry bigotry, question Trump – The Courier Life News

Coulee Region Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists alike say they are appalled at the deadly race-based violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend and they expressed particular chagrin about President Donald Trumps vacillating responses to the bloodshed and brutality.

Maureen Freedland of La Crosse expressed ire about the white supremacists chants of Jews will not replace us as they protested the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

I don’t for a minute think that the days are over when people want to harm Jews, said Freedland, a member of the Congregation Sons of Abraham, a La Crosse synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The echoes of history were unmistakable in Charlottesville.

Freedland, who also is a member of the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors, said, The White House is not taking anti-Semitism seriously enough, and it needs to call out bigotry now instead of appeasing its supporters, who are becoming even more emboldened by President Trump’s failure to show leadership.

Trump had issued what some considered a bland statement Saturday in which he did not mention the involvement of the Ku Klux Klan, the alt-right and various white supremacist groups.

Instead, he blamed all sides for the violence that injured 34 people, killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer when an alt-right activist rammed his car into the crowd. The protests also claimed the lives of two state troopers as collateral damage when their helicopter crashed as they monitored the situation.

Under increasing pressure to be more specific from White House staffers, Republicans and Democrats, Trump voiced another reaction Monday in which he singled out the KKK and supremacists for criticism.

But he backtracked Tuesday, insisting that those demonstrating to remove the statue were as intent on becoming violent as were those who were marching to keep the statue.

Many Jews are disappointed in the comments from Trump, who fails to understand the history of the nation and the precious nature of our freedoms, Freedland said. Many Jews are disturbed that there are fellow Americans who also choose to hate rather than to love.

Freedland also was asked for her reaction to a VICE News Tonight interview on YouTube with white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, a Unite the Right speaker who addressed the Charlottesville protest.

Im carrying a pistol. I go to the gym all the time. Im trying to make myself more capable of violence, Cantwell told VICE. Im here to spread ideas talk in the hopes that somebody more capable will come along and do that. Somebody like Donald Trump, (but) who does not give his daughter to a Jew.

Freedland responded that that comment makes it even alarmingly clearer that neo-Nazis are energized to come out of the shadows by President Trump.

The La Crosse Interfaith Leaders Coalition, which represents about 30 members, issued a statement after its regular meeting Wednesday, which about a dozen members attended. The statement said, in part:

As faith leaders, we feel compelled to speak out condemning the violence in Charlottesville perpetuated by the white supremacists who espouse a racist ideology, said the statement, drafted by Matthew Bersagel Braley, an associate professor and chairman of the masters in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University in La Crosse, and the Rev. Mark Solyst, pastor of pastor of English Lutheran Church in La Crosse.

To remain silent is, in this moment, to be complicit, the coalition statement says. Though we may have different histories, doctrines and styles of worship, our faith traditions stand together in acknowledging the intrinsic value and personal worth of all human beings. There is no room in our traditions or worshipping communities for the hateful language and provocative actions we witnessed last week.

Vince Hatt, chairman of the Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, said, I feel a great sadness. I feel hope that the United States will change how it elects presidents. We will not pick leaders based on sound bites but on sound values like decency and compassion.

We will have increased energy to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims, Jews, immigrants and refugees. We are in this for the long haul, Hatt said.

The network also issued a collegial statement saying, in part, Many of us watched, heard or listened to the disgusting remarks of (former KKK leader) David Duke and those shouting Jews will not replace us.

The statement from the network, which includes Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, described the presidents response as timid.

He failed yet again to lead by implying a moral equivalence between hate groups and racists and people standing up against hate and bigotry. The best way to honor those who lost their lives in Charlottesville is to put out the flames of hate in our society, the network statement said.

Megan Grinde, founder of the Indivisible La Crosse social advocacy group who also is affiliated with Shoulder to Shoulder, said, When racism and Nazis are not a deal-breaker for the president of the United States, it’s time for ordinary Americans to stand up.

When racism and Nazis are not inspiration enough for ordinary Americans to stand up, it’s time to be afraid of what is coming. Only we can stop this. It’s time for each of us to take a good look in the mirror and ask ourselves what it would take for us to take a stand, Grinde said.

Im sorta glad that them people got hit and Im glad that girl died, Justin Moore, the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, said in a voicemail to WBTV. They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebodys freedom of speech, so it doesnt bother me that they got hurt at all.

I think were going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events, Moore warned, an ominous statement with a weekend of protests planned in several major cities.

Similarly, Cantwell said, We knew that we were going to meet a lot of resistance. The fact that nobody on our side died, Id go ahead and call that points for us.

Although he described Saturdays rally as tough to top, he said, I think a lot more people are going to die before were done here, frankly.

To which Maureen Freedland said: This is a moment of crisis for our nation. We desperately need leadership and a united way forward to call out the vile hatred shown in Charlottesville and sidestepped by the president.

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West Wing Schmucks Fail the One Test Literally All Jews Are Supposed to Pass – Jezebel

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Booking.com drops Swiss hotel that featured signs singling out Jews – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

(JTA) The online hotel reservation serviceBooking.com dropped from its website a Swiss establishment whose management put up signs singling out Jews and urging them to shower before entering the swimming pool.

The Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich, still appears on Booking.com, but is blocked for reservations.

Were sorry, but it is currently not possible to make reservations for this accommodation on our website, the page reads, referring users to a list of other hotels in the area.

A Booking.com representative told Shimon Samuels, the Paris-based director of international affairs forthe Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Wednesday that it would not list the Paradise Apartments because of the signs. In addition to the one about the pool, another sign set times for Jews to access a refrigerator at the hotel.

We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We can confirm that the property in question is no longer available on Booking.com, a representative told Samuels in an email replying to Samuels request for disciplinary action by Booking.com against the hotel.

Ruth Thomann, who runs the hotel, told JTA on Monday that she removed the signs shortly after they were put up over the weekend. She said she meant no offense to Jews and that she merely sought to convey information relevant only to the Jewish guests.

Thomann said only the Jewish guests were entering the pool without showering first while wearing t-shirts and they alone were allowed, as a courtesy, to put food in the staffs refrigerator.

I may have selected the wrong words; the signs should have been addressed to all the guests instead of Jewish ones, she added.

But the signs, photographed by the tourists and circulated online, triggered a wave of condemnations in Israel, including by its deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, and beyond. She said the signs were indicative of anti-Semitism in Europe.

The sign about the pool read: To our Jewish Guests: Please take a shower before you go swimming and although after swimming. If you break the rules, Im forced to cloes the swimming pool for you. [sic]

The sign about the refrigerator read: To our Jewish guests: You are allowed to approach the fridge between the hours: 10.00-11.00 in the morning and 16.30-17.30 in the evening. I hope you understand that our team does not like to be disturbed every time.

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American Jews Left Wondering: Where Is Jared Kushner? – Haaretz

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Jews and Muslims: Reckless language could lead us down a dangerous path – The Sun

Trevor Kavanaghs article in The Sun on the 13th of August shifted between Brexit, immigration and grooming gangs predominantly comprised of people of Pakistani heritage.

The article ended by asking what should be done about the Muslim Problem.

Such chilling language, which labels whole communities as a problem, and evokes the language the Nazis used about the Jews, should rally us to stand up and speak out, and now Jewish and Muslim organisations, as well as MPs, have done precisely this.

Of course, it is not the answer to hide from the fact that the perpetrators of some recent appalling rape cases were Muslims.

As Imam Qari Asim, of the Makkah mosque in Leeds, has previously said: If it is cultural prejudices that have led these men to prey on white girls, seeing them as easy meat, then this needs to be addressed.

But neither is the answer to be found in irresponsible language.

The term the Muslim Problem (especially capitalised as it was in the article) recalls the use of the term the Jewish problem by the Nazis in the 1930s.

Seventy years ago, in Germany, Poland and other countries in Europe, Jews were murdered, tortured, separated from their families and stripped of their identity, and suffered the most inhumane and degrading treatment, just because they were Jews.

We understand that todays environment is a far cry from the murderous regime of the Nazis, but words can confirm prejudices, particularly if people read them in a prominent national newspaper like The Sun.

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Maligning the entire Muslim community as a problem who are not really part of Britain, feeds in to a poisonous message spread by both ISIS and the far right that you cannot be a Muslim and truly embrace British values.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The overwhelming majority of British Muslims like British Jews share a love of our country and the freedom that we enjoy in the UK, including the freedom of the press and the human rights that many dictators deny their subjects.

British society and all our institutions have a duty to show Muslims, Jews and all religious minorities that they are a valued and integral part of our country.

If we push an entire community away to the fringes, this risks propelling some into the arms of extremists, who groom their victims to become terrorists; in much the same way as paedophiles groom their victims for abuse.

We believe that Trevor Kavanaghs article crossed a line when he commented on The Muslim Problem.

It did not focus on Islamists, people involved in grooming scandals or criminals who happen to be Muslims. Those three words lumped 3 million Muslims together as a problem to be solved.

Our great country needs constructive solutions and community cohesion. Let us as UK citizens build strong, diverse, stable communities, where we protect everyone from harm, including those at risk of sexual abuse.

Let us talk about how we unite Muslims and Jews, and our countrymen and women of all faiths and none, against terrorism, sexual abuse and the many challenges we face in modern Britain.

This is a shared responsibility and let us remember the words of Jo Cox: We have more in common than that which divides us.

Let us embrace this message, seize the opportunities and grapple with the challenges we all share in Britain.

Marie Van der Zyl is Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Fiyaz Mughal is the Director of Faith Matters and the Founder of Tell MAMA a charity which monitors anti-Muslim attacks.

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‘Jews will not replace us’: Vice film lays bare horror of neo-Nazis in America – The Guardian

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday 12 August. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

A powerful Vice News film published on Tuesday raised the curtain on the motivations of white supremacists at the center of violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

The film sees a Vice crew embed with Christopher Cantwell, a speaker at the Unite the Right rally which took place on Friday and Saturday. The demonstration culminated in the death of a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, when a car drove into a group of protesters.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump blamed both sides the far-right marchers and those there to protest them for the violence, adding that there were very fine people in both camps.

There is little evidence of that in the Vice film, however, which shows hundreds of right-wing ralliers marching with torches and chanting: You will not replace us.

Those chants swiftly make way for shouts of Jews will not replace us, and many of the right-wing protagonists continue to use racists slurs for Jewish people and African Americans throughout the video.

Cantwell, a white nationalist who streams his own talk radio show and is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an unapologetic fascist, was due to be a speaker at the rally.

Im trying to make myself more capable of violence. Im here to spread ideas, talk in the hopes that somebody will come along and do that. Somebody like Donald Trump who does not give his daughter to a Jew, Cantwell says in the Vice film.

He then agrees with the Vice News host that he is looking for a leader who is a lot more racist than Donald Trump.

The film shows clashes between right-wingers and protesters, and at one point shows Cantwell writhing around on the ground as he attempts to pour milk over his head.

They maced me, he tells the reporter. She asks who.

I dont know. Communists.

As Cantwell rolls on the floor, some of his cohorts shout: Heil Cantwell.

Later, Cantwell shows the film crew that he had been carrying three handguns and a knife.

The video, which originally aired on Monday on Vice News Tonight on HBO, also features the prominent racists David Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and Matthew Heimbach, whom the SPLC says is considered by many to be the face of a new generation of white nationalists.

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Jews Denounce Trump For Shifting Blame Away From Neo-Nazis And White Supremacists – Forward

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Jewish leaders quickly denounced President Trump for blaming counter-demonstrators along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the racist violence that erupted in Charlottesville.

As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted. This is not my President.]

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-New York), who represents the most heavily Jewish district in the House of Representatives said Trump showed his true colors by refusing to shifting the blame away from the white supremacists who sparked the deadly violence.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said good and great presidents sought to unite Americans in times of trouble. He said Trumps response to Charlottesville put him in another category.

Joining several other Republicans, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) also loudly denounced Trump, for saying the alt-left who resisted the white supremacists were equally to blame as the racists themselves.

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Richard Spencer Demands Respect On Israeli TV, says Jews are ‘Overrepresented’ – Newsweek

Speaking in an interview on Israeli television, white nationalist Richard Spencer Wednesday said Jews were overrepresented when challenged on antisemitism, adding Jews and Israelis should respect him despite his supremacist views. Spencer, who has previously courted Israeli media,despite engaging in Holocaust denial and refusing to condemn Hitler, made the remarks while speaking to Israeli state broadcasterChannel 2. Read More:Why Israel Is Spending $800 Million on a Hidden New Wall Daily Emails and Alerts – Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox The alt-right figurehead was initially questioned on the weekends deadly clashes between white supremacist protesters and anti-fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. Spencer refrained from discussing James Alex Fields Jr., thewhite nationalist who standsaccused of deliberately plowing his car into the group of counter protesters and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. We actually dont know if it was murder yet, Spencer said, adding that he was waiting for all the facts of the case to emerge. Spencer, who was present at the rally in Charlottesville in protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. was asked aboutthe anti-Jewish slogans shouted during the demonstration. He said the popularity of Donald Trump and the rally in Virginia was the reaction of the maligned white majority. ALEXANDRIA, VA – AUGUST 14: White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks to select media in his office space on August 14, 2017 Tasos Katopodis/Getty Image Lets be honest, Spencer said, when asked whether such slogans constitute anti-Semitism, according to Haaretz. Jews are vastly overrepresented in what you could call the establishment, that is, Ivy League educated people who really determine policy, and white people are being dispossessed from this country.” The Channel 2 anchor questioned how Jews should react to these kinds of statements. You are speaking now with a Jewish journalist, most of our viewers are Jews. How should I feel? he asked. As an Israeli citizen, someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me, who has analogue feelings about whites, Spencer said. You could say that I am a white Zionistin the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel, he added. On occasion, Spencer has attempted to ingratiate himself to the Israeli right by calling for an alliance with Jews and in December telling Haaretz that he would respect moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, he has faced a backlash particularly for his comments on the Holocaust. In December he praised Donald Trumps controversial Holocaust Day remembrance speech which prompted criticism for failing to mention Jews or anti-Semitism. Spencer called it the de-Judification of the Holocaust.

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Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With CEOs, Military and GOP – New York Times

Five armed services chiefs of the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines and the National Guard Bureau posted statements on social media condemning neo-Nazis and racism in uncompromising terms. They did not mention Mr. Trump by name, but their messages were a highly unusual counter to the commander in chief. Republicans, too, issued new denunciations of the hatred on display in Charlottesville, although some remained vague about Mr. Trumps remarks. Vice President Mike Pence abruptly cut short a trip in South America as his aides announced he would return home early to attend meetings on Friday and through the weekend at Camp David. The White House insisted that the topic of the meetings would be South Asia. During his travels, Mr. Pence stood by the president but declined to defend Mr. Trumps comments at Trump Tower on Tuesday that both sides in Charlottesville were to blame. In a tweet on Wednesday night, Mr. Trump urged supporters to join me at a campaign rally scheduled for Aug. 22 in Phoenix. But the Phoenix mayor, Greg Stanton, said in his own tweet that he was disappointed that the president would hold a political event as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville. He urged Mr. Trump to delay the visit. The presidents top advisers described themselves as stunned, despondent and numb. Several said they were unable to see how Mr. Trumps presidency would recover, and others expressed doubts about his capacity to do the job. In contrast, the president told close aides that he felt liberated by his news conference. Aides said he seemed to bask afterward in his remarks, and viewed them as the latest retort to the political establishment that he sees as trying to tame his impulses. Mr. Trumps venting on Tuesday came despite pleas from his staff, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Instead of taking their advice to stop talking about the protest, the president eagerly unburdened himself of what he viewed as political correctness in favor of a take-no-prisoners attack on the alt-left. On Wednesday, even Fox News, a favorite of the presidents, repeatedly carried criticism of Mr. Trump. One Fox host, Shepard Smith, said that he had been unable to find a single Republican to come on-air to defend Mr. Trumps remarks. No one from the presidents team has resigned as of yet, but some spoke candidly on Wednesday about whether they could continue to work much longer for a man who has expressed such sentiments. Most incensed among Mr. Trumps top advisers, according to three people familiar with the situation, was Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, who told people around him that he was offended, as a Jew and as an American, by the presidents reaction to the violence in Charlottesville. The relationship between the president and Mr. Cohn, who stood next to Mr. Trump during the news conference, seems to have suffered a serious blow. Although White House aides denied that he was planning to quit, they acknowledged that Mr. Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive, was upset with the presidents lack of discipline. One aide who felt energized by the presidents actions was the embattled White House chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who shares Mr. Trumps anger at the efforts of local governments to remove monuments honoring prominent Confederate figures like Robert E. Lee. The proposed removal of a Lee statue from a public park in Charlottesville spurred the demonstrations last weekend. Mr. Bannon, whose future in the White House remains uncertain, has been encouraging Mr. Trump to remain defiant. Two White House officials who have been trying to moderate the presidents position suggested that Mr. Bannon was using the crisis as a way to get back in the good graces of the president, who has soured on Mr. Bannons internal machinations and reputation for leaking stories about West Wing rivals to conservative news media outlets. Many in the White House said they still held on to the hope, however slim, that the new White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, could impose order on the disarray even as Mr. Trump hopscotches from one self-destructive episode to the next. Mr. Kelly, who watched the presidents performance on Tuesday with his head hung low, grimacing at some of Mr. Trumps remarks, is frustrated, according to people inside the White House. Several people who participated in White House conference calls over the weekend said Mr. Kelly initially did not seem to fully grasp the effect of the controversy about the presidents remarks. But as a former Marine, Mr. Kelly is determined to try to bring order to the White House, the officials said. The White House turmoil intensified as friends and relatives gathered to memorialize Heather Heyer, the woman who was struck and killed on Saturday. Susan Bro, Ms. Heyers mother, told worshipers that her daughter had been protesting hatred by the nationalist groups when she was killed by one of them. They tried to kill my child to shut her up, but guess what, you just magnified her, Ms. Bro said. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, denounced hate and bigotry in a statement on Wednesday but made no mention of Mr. Trump or his comments an example of the careful line that some Republican officials are treading as they hope to work with the president on a conservative agenda in the months to come. Leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition were more direct, calling on Mr. Trump to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. They added: There are no good Nazis and no good members of the Klan. Thankfully, in modern America, the K.K.K. and Nazis are small fringe groups that have never been welcome in the G.O.P. David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, delivered an emotional statement to reporters on Wednesday at Mr. Trumps private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where the president is vacationing. Treading carefully without chiding Mr. Trump, Mr. Shulkin said: Well, Im speaking out, and Im giving my personal opinions as an American and as a Jewish American. And for me in particular, I think in learning history, that we know that staying silent on these issues is simply not acceptable. Paraphrasing famous words from Martin Niemller, a German pastor and a vocal critic of Adolf Hitler, Mr. Shulkin said, First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I wasnt a trade unionist, so I didnt speak out. Then they came for the Jews. I wasnt a Jew so I didnt speak out. Then they came for me, and there was no one to speak for me. Many other Jewish members of the Trump administration remained largely silent on Wednesday, even after the protesters in Charlottesville had chanted anti-Semitic slogans and demeaned the presidents Jewish son-in-law, Mr. Kushner. Steven Mnuchin, the secretary of the Treasury, who is also Jewish, stood silently behind Mr. Trump on Tuesday as the president said there were very fine people on both sides in Charlottesville. Mr. Mnuchin has not said anything publicly about the presidents remarks. Mr. Kushner has been silent about Mr. Trumps comments. Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism, said in a tweet on Sunday, There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis. Michael D. Cohen, the presidents longtime personal lawyer, who is Jewish, denounced hate groups but defended Mr. Trump in response to a reporters question on Wednesday. I know President Trump and his heart, Mr. Cohen wrote. He is a good man and doesnt have a racist bone in his body. An earlier version of this article misstated the branch of one of the leaders of the armed services who posted on social media condemning racism. It was the chief of the National Guard Bureau, not the Coast Guard. The article also misstated the location of a statue of Robert E. Lee that was the focus of the Charlottesville protests; it is in a public park, not on the University of Virginia campus. Michael D. Shear and Glenn Thrush reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York and Bedminster, N.J. Get politics and Washington news updates via Facebook, Twitter and the Morning Briefing newsletter. A version of this article appears in print on August 17, 2017, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Trump Response To Violent Rally Shocks His Allies.

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Coulee Jews, faith leaders decry bigotry, question Trump – The Courier Life News

Coulee Region Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists alike say they are appalled at the deadly race-based violence that took place in Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend and they expressed particular chagrin about President Donald Trumps vacillating responses to the bloodshed and brutality. Maureen Freedland of La Crosse expressed ire about the white supremacists chants of Jews will not replace us as they protested the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. I don’t for a minute think that the days are over when people want to harm Jews, said Freedland, a member of the Congregation Sons of Abraham, a La Crosse synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The echoes of history were unmistakable in Charlottesville. Freedland, who also is a member of the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors, said, The White House is not taking anti-Semitism seriously enough, and it needs to call out bigotry now instead of appeasing its supporters, who are becoming even more emboldened by President Trump’s failure to show leadership. Trump had issued what some considered a bland statement Saturday in which he did not mention the involvement of the Ku Klux Klan, the alt-right and various white supremacist groups. Instead, he blamed all sides for the violence that injured 34 people, killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer when an alt-right activist rammed his car into the crowd. The protests also claimed the lives of two state troopers as collateral damage when their helicopter crashed as they monitored the situation. Under increasing pressure to be more specific from White House staffers, Republicans and Democrats, Trump voiced another reaction Monday in which he singled out the KKK and supremacists for criticism. But he backtracked Tuesday, insisting that those demonstrating to remove the statue were as intent on becoming violent as were those who were marching to keep the statue. Many Jews are disappointed in the comments from Trump, who fails to understand the history of the nation and the precious nature of our freedoms, Freedland said. Many Jews are disturbed that there are fellow Americans who also choose to hate rather than to love. Freedland also was asked for her reaction to a VICE News Tonight interview on YouTube with white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, a Unite the Right speaker who addressed the Charlottesville protest. Im carrying a pistol. I go to the gym all the time. Im trying to make myself more capable of violence, Cantwell told VICE. Im here to spread ideas talk in the hopes that somebody more capable will come along and do that. Somebody like Donald Trump, (but) who does not give his daughter to a Jew. Freedland responded that that comment makes it even alarmingly clearer that neo-Nazis are energized to come out of the shadows by President Trump. The La Crosse Interfaith Leaders Coalition, which represents about 30 members, issued a statement after its regular meeting Wednesday, which about a dozen members attended. The statement said, in part: As faith leaders, we feel compelled to speak out condemning the violence in Charlottesville perpetuated by the white supremacists who espouse a racist ideology, said the statement, drafted by Matthew Bersagel Braley, an associate professor and chairman of the masters in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University in La Crosse, and the Rev. Mark Solyst, pastor of pastor of English Lutheran Church in La Crosse. To remain silent is, in this moment, to be complicit, the coalition statement says. Though we may have different histories, doctrines and styles of worship, our faith traditions stand together in acknowledging the intrinsic value and personal worth of all human beings. There is no room in our traditions or worshipping communities for the hateful language and provocative actions we witnessed last week. Vince Hatt, chairman of the Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, said, I feel a great sadness. I feel hope that the United States will change how it elects presidents. We will not pick leaders based on sound bites but on sound values like decency and compassion. We will have increased energy to stand shoulder to shoulder with Muslims, Jews, immigrants and refugees. We are in this for the long haul, Hatt said. The network also issued a collegial statement saying, in part, Many of us watched, heard or listened to the disgusting remarks of (former KKK leader) David Duke and those shouting Jews will not replace us. The statement from the network, which includes Jews, Christians, Muslims and Buddhists, described the presidents response as timid. He failed yet again to lead by implying a moral equivalence between hate groups and racists and people standing up against hate and bigotry. The best way to honor those who lost their lives in Charlottesville is to put out the flames of hate in our society, the network statement said. Megan Grinde, founder of the Indivisible La Crosse social advocacy group who also is affiliated with Shoulder to Shoulder, said, When racism and Nazis are not a deal-breaker for the president of the United States, it’s time for ordinary Americans to stand up. When racism and Nazis are not inspiration enough for ordinary Americans to stand up, it’s time to be afraid of what is coming. Only we can stop this. It’s time for each of us to take a good look in the mirror and ask ourselves what it would take for us to take a stand, Grinde said. Im sorta glad that them people got hit and Im glad that girl died, Justin Moore, the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, said in a voicemail to WBTV. They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebodys freedom of speech, so it doesnt bother me that they got hurt at all. I think were going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events, Moore warned, an ominous statement with a weekend of protests planned in several major cities. Similarly, Cantwell said, We knew that we were going to meet a lot of resistance. The fact that nobody on our side died, Id go ahead and call that points for us. Although he described Saturdays rally as tough to top, he said, I think a lot more people are going to die before were done here, frankly. To which Maureen Freedland said: This is a moment of crisis for our nation. We desperately need leadership and a united way forward to call out the vile hatred shown in Charlottesville and sidestepped by the president.

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West Wing Schmucks Fail the One Test Literally All Jews Are Supposed to Pass – Jezebel

Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle. Ding ding! Do you hear that? Thats the sounds of the last of the Capital Bikeshare bikes being ridden home from the Trump White House after a day of governing for the Nazis, by the Nazis. This has been Barf Bag.

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Booking.com drops Swiss hotel that featured signs singling out Jews – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

(JTA) The online hotel reservation serviceBooking.com dropped from its website a Swiss establishment whose management put up signs singling out Jews and urging them to shower before entering the swimming pool. The Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich, still appears on Booking.com, but is blocked for reservations. Were sorry, but it is currently not possible to make reservations for this accommodation on our website, the page reads, referring users to a list of other hotels in the area. A Booking.com representative told Shimon Samuels, the Paris-based director of international affairs forthe Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Wednesday that it would not list the Paradise Apartments because of the signs. In addition to the one about the pool, another sign set times for Jews to access a refrigerator at the hotel. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We can confirm that the property in question is no longer available on Booking.com, a representative told Samuels in an email replying to Samuels request for disciplinary action by Booking.com against the hotel. Ruth Thomann, who runs the hotel, told JTA on Monday that she removed the signs shortly after they were put up over the weekend. She said she meant no offense to Jews and that she merely sought to convey information relevant only to the Jewish guests. Thomann said only the Jewish guests were entering the pool without showering first while wearing t-shirts and they alone were allowed, as a courtesy, to put food in the staffs refrigerator. I may have selected the wrong words; the signs should have been addressed to all the guests instead of Jewish ones, she added. But the signs, photographed by the tourists and circulated online, triggered a wave of condemnations in Israel, including by its deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, and beyond. She said the signs were indicative of anti-Semitism in Europe. The sign about the pool read: To our Jewish Guests: Please take a shower before you go swimming and although after swimming. If you break the rules, Im forced to cloes the swimming pool for you. [sic] The sign about the refrigerator read: To our Jewish guests: You are allowed to approach the fridge between the hours: 10.00-11.00 in the morning and 16.30-17.30 in the evening. I hope you understand that our team does not like to be disturbed every time.

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American Jews Left Wondering: Where Is Jared Kushner? – Haaretz

Home > U.S. News Although many have abandoned hope that the presidents Jewish son-in-law can rein Trump in, it hasnt stopped community leaders speculating over his complete silence this week NEW YORK Where in the world is Jared Kushner? Thats what some… Want to enjoy ‘Zen’ reading – with no ads and just the article? Subscribe today We’ve got more newsletters we think you’ll find interesting. Please try again later. This email address has already registered for this newsletter.

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Jews and Muslims: Reckless language could lead us down a dangerous path – The Sun

Trevor Kavanaghs article in The Sun on the 13th of August shifted between Brexit, immigration and grooming gangs predominantly comprised of people of Pakistani heritage. The article ended by asking what should be done about the Muslim Problem. Such chilling language, which labels whole communities as a problem, and evokes the language the Nazis used about the Jews, should rally us to stand up and speak out, and now Jewish and Muslim organisations, as well as MPs, have done precisely this. Of course, it is not the answer to hide from the fact that the perpetrators of some recent appalling rape cases were Muslims. As Imam Qari Asim, of the Makkah mosque in Leeds, has previously said: If it is cultural prejudices that have led these men to prey on white girls, seeing them as easy meat, then this needs to be addressed. But neither is the answer to be found in irresponsible language. The term the Muslim Problem (especially capitalised as it was in the article) recalls the use of the term the Jewish problem by the Nazis in the 1930s. Seventy years ago, in Germany, Poland and other countries in Europe, Jews were murdered, tortured, separated from their families and stripped of their identity, and suffered the most inhumane and degrading treatment, just because they were Jews. We understand that todays environment is a far cry from the murderous regime of the Nazis, but words can confirm prejudices, particularly if people read them in a prominent national newspaper like The Sun. Stewart Williams – The Sun Maligning the entire Muslim community as a problem who are not really part of Britain, feeds in to a poisonous message spread by both ISIS and the far right that you cannot be a Muslim and truly embrace British values. Nothing could be further from the truth. The overwhelming majority of British Muslims like British Jews share a love of our country and the freedom that we enjoy in the UK, including the freedom of the press and the human rights that many dictators deny their subjects. British society and all our institutions have a duty to show Muslims, Jews and all religious minorities that they are a valued and integral part of our country. If we push an entire community away to the fringes, this risks propelling some into the arms of extremists, who groom their victims to become terrorists; in much the same way as paedophiles groom their victims for abuse. We believe that Trevor Kavanaghs article crossed a line when he commented on The Muslim Problem. It did not focus on Islamists, people involved in grooming scandals or criminals who happen to be Muslims. Those three words lumped 3 million Muslims together as a problem to be solved. Our great country needs constructive solutions and community cohesion. Let us as UK citizens build strong, diverse, stable communities, where we protect everyone from harm, including those at risk of sexual abuse. Let us talk about how we unite Muslims and Jews, and our countrymen and women of all faiths and none, against terrorism, sexual abuse and the many challenges we face in modern Britain. This is a shared responsibility and let us remember the words of Jo Cox: We have more in common than that which divides us. Let us embrace this message, seize the opportunities and grapple with the challenges we all share in Britain. Marie Van der Zyl is Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Fiyaz Mughal is the Director of Faith Matters and the Founder of Tell MAMA a charity which monitors anti-Muslim attacks.

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‘Jews will not replace us’: Vice film lays bare horror of neo-Nazis in America – The Guardian

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday 12 August. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP A powerful Vice News film published on Tuesday raised the curtain on the motivations of white supremacists at the center of violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. The film sees a Vice crew embed with Christopher Cantwell, a speaker at the Unite the Right rally which took place on Friday and Saturday. The demonstration culminated in the death of a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, when a car drove into a group of protesters. On Tuesday, Donald Trump blamed both sides the far-right marchers and those there to protest them for the violence, adding that there were very fine people in both camps. There is little evidence of that in the Vice film, however, which shows hundreds of right-wing ralliers marching with torches and chanting: You will not replace us. Those chants swiftly make way for shouts of Jews will not replace us, and many of the right-wing protagonists continue to use racists slurs for Jewish people and African Americans throughout the video. Cantwell, a white nationalist who streams his own talk radio show and is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an unapologetic fascist, was due to be a speaker at the rally. Im trying to make myself more capable of violence. Im here to spread ideas, talk in the hopes that somebody will come along and do that. Somebody like Donald Trump who does not give his daughter to a Jew, Cantwell says in the Vice film. He then agrees with the Vice News host that he is looking for a leader who is a lot more racist than Donald Trump. The film shows clashes between right-wingers and protesters, and at one point shows Cantwell writhing around on the ground as he attempts to pour milk over his head. They maced me, he tells the reporter. She asks who. I dont know. Communists. As Cantwell rolls on the floor, some of his cohorts shout: Heil Cantwell. Later, Cantwell shows the film crew that he had been carrying three handguns and a knife. The video, which originally aired on Monday on Vice News Tonight on HBO, also features the prominent racists David Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and Matthew Heimbach, whom the SPLC says is considered by many to be the face of a new generation of white nationalists.

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Jews Denounce Trump For Shifting Blame Away From Neo-Nazis And White Supremacists – Forward

Getty Images Jewish leaders quickly denounced President Trump for blaming counter-demonstrators along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the racist violence that erupted in Charlottesville. As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted. This is not my President.] Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-New York), who represents the most heavily Jewish district in the House of Representatives said Trump showed his true colors by refusing to shifting the blame away from the white supremacists who sparked the deadly violence. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said good and great presidents sought to unite Americans in times of trouble. He said Trumps response to Charlottesville put him in another category. Joining several other Republicans, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) also loudly denounced Trump, for saying the alt-left who resisted the white supremacists were equally to blame as the racists themselves.

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