RSN Fundraising Banner
Trump's Israel Ambassador Downplays Skyrocketing Anti-Semitism...While Visiting Auschwitz
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=45696"><span class="small">Rafi Schwartz, Splinter</span></a>   
Friday, 03 May 2019 13:23

Schwartz writes: "Anti-Semitism in the United States has jumped sharply in recent years, but according to President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, it’s really nothing to worry about."

Ambassador David Friedman. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Ambassador David Friedman. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump's Israel Ambassador Downplays Skyrocketing Anti-Semitism...While Visiting Auschwitz

By Rafi Schwartz, Splinter

03 May 19


nti-Semitism in the United States has jumped sharply in recent years, but according to President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, it’s really nothing to worry about.

Speaking at, of all places, the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Thursday, Ambassador David Friedman told the Times of Israel he is skeptical about the Anti-Defamation League’s just-released annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, which the group said showed “near-historic levels of anti-Semitism in 2018, including a doubling of anti-Semitic assaults and the single deadliest attack against the Jewish community in American history.”

Asked about the audit’s findings, Friedman said, “I doubt it.”

“I haven’t studied it,” he continued. “And I think it’s a mistake to get caught up in statistics when we are talking about—thank God—a series of events that are not yet becoming a daily occurrence.”

Friedman’s comments came less than one week after a far-right gunman opened fire on worshipers at a synagogue in Poway, CA, killing one and wounding three others.

According to the ADL’s study (emphasis mine):

While most anti-Semitic incidents are not directly perpetrated by extremists, there are interesting connections between the trends. In 2018, 249 acts of anti-Semitism (13 percent of the total incidents) were attributable to known extremist groups or individuals inspired by extremist ideology, making it the highest level of anti-Semitic incidents with known connections to extremists or extremist groups since 2004. Of those, 139 incidents were part of fliering campaigns by white supremacist groups.

Nevertheless, Friedman continued to downplay the obvious rise in anti-Jewish attacks from the far-right, telling the Times of Israel, “I think there is a lot of analysis that can go into it and I’d be careful about attributing blame to anyone, right or left, other than the sick people who commit these crimes.”

In other words, Friedman seems to think there are some very fine people on both sides.

Email This Page your social media marketing partner


A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

+7 # DongiC 2019-05-04 07:20
More examples of deranged thinking. Where does Trump find all these incompetents? Do they take some kind of reverse intelligence test?You get a particular score and quality for federal service. And, if you have critical thinking skills, you are automatically disqualified.
+7 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-05-04 07:48
“…when we are talking about, thank God, a series of events that are not yet becoming a daily occurrence.”
He wants to wait till it’s Krystallnacht in America?
-3 # Salburger 2019-05-05 05:24
I guess this creep must have been convinced by Ms. Sarsour & co as she has explained that Antisemitism doesn't need to be a priority as "it isn't systemic." They are all (left and right) full of it.
0 # elizabethblock 2019-05-05 08:44
Well, when a rabbi in Israel, addressing the graduating class of a military school, says that Hitler had the right idea, the only thing he got wrong was the identity of the master race - should have been the Jews! - why are we surprised that a Jewish Trumpist thinks anti-Semitism isn't so bad.
0 # Anne Frank 2019-05-06 10:46
Every night is Kristalnacht for the native people of Palestine, but Schwartz faults Trump not for subsidizing the genocide but for lack of excitement about 1,915 (249/.13) alleged acts of "anti-Semitism" in 2018 in the U.S. with no clue to how he or his racist source defines "anti-Semitism. " I think most American Jews have caught on that the purpose of the asinine terror propaganda is to keep them goose stepping for the Israeli genocide because pretty soon the U.S. will march them into gas chambers and only Israel will protect them.