“Scum remains scum, and antisemitism is the ideology of the scum. It is a horrible epidemic like cholera, which can neither be explained nor cured ”
Theodor Mommsen, 1881 (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1902)
One could say the wave of destruction all started on November 26, 2016, when Wayne Allyn Root wrote on the Fox News Internet site:
“I believe Donald Trump should be called “America’s first Jewish president.” I should know. I’m an Ivy League-educated Jewish kid from New York. Trust me, Donald Trump is as close as you can come to being our first Jewish president. The very unique traits that have made him a billionaire and now President of the United States are as Jewish as you can get!”
One could say the wave of destruction continued on January 26, 2017, when Josefin Dolsten wrote, under the headline, “Meet the Jews in Donald Trump’s administration,” on the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website:
“American Jews are watching the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency with both fear and hope.
“Many have expressed worries about some of his supporters’ ties to the so-called “alt-right” movement, whose followers traffic variously in white nationalism, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Semitism and a disdain for ‘political correctness.'”
One could say the wave of destruction continued on February 23, 2017, when Lola Adesioye wrote, under the headline, “The rise of anti-Semitism in Donald Trump’s America,” in Britain’s New Statesman:
“Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in America. Since January alone, there have been 67 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centres in around 27 states around the country. On Monday, a Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri was desecrated, with over 100 headstones overturned. There has been a large increase in online anti-Semitic threats and hate speech. Swastikas have been spray painted on the streets of New York.”
One could say the wave of destruction continued on April 9, 2017, when Ben Schreckinger wrote, under the headline, “The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin,” (referring to Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir), in Politico Magazine:
“Two decades ago, as the Russian president set about consolidating power on one side of the world, he embarked on a project to supplant his country’s existing Jewish civil society and replace it with a parallel structure loyal to him. On the other side of the world, the brash Manhattan developer [Trump] was working to get a piece of the massive flows of capital that were fleeing the former Soviet Union in search of stable assets in the West, especially real estate, and seeking partners in New York with ties to the region…
“A few years later, Trump would seek out Russian projects and capital by joining forces with a partnership called Bayrock-Sapir, led by Soviet emigres Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir—who maintain close ties to Chabad. The company’s ventures would lead to multiple lawsuits alleging fraud and a criminal investigation of a condo project in Manhattan.”
In addition, names such as those below have been flawlessly bandied about. I note, even though their specific roles may have changed since being appointed, there is one similarity to the people mentioned. They are all Jews.
Boris Epshteyn a Russian-born American Republican political strategist, investment banker, and attorney, was a senior advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for President. He defended Trump on major TV networks over 100 times, according to The New York Times. TV hosts have described Epshteyn, who moved to the United States from his native Moscow in 1993, as “very combative” and “abrasive.” In 2014, he was charged with misdemeanor assault after being involved in a bar tussle. The charge was dropped after Epshteyn agreed to undergo anger management training and perform community service.
Michael Dean Cohen, an American attorney is a spokesperson for Trump.
David Friedman, a bankruptcy expert and longtime Trump attorney and currently the U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Jason Greenblatt, working as special representative for international negotiations focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Stephen Miller, played a crucial role in Trump’s campaign by writing speeches.
Carl Icahn, a businessman and investor, serving as a special adviser on regulatory reform issues. Icahn is a major giver to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, among other philanthropic endeavors. In 2012, he donated $200 million to the renamed Icahn School of Medicine there.
Dr. David Shulkin, the undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs,
Reed Cordish, who is friends with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, serves as assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives. Cordish is a partner at his family’s real estate and entertainment firm, the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies.
Avrahm Berkowitz, 27, a special assistant to Trump and assistant to Jared Kushner.
Gary Cohn, heads the White House National Economic Council.
Steven Mnuchin. Trump picked Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who worked as Trump’s national finance chairman during the campaign, to serve as Treasury secretary.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s Orthodox son-in law is serving as a senior adviser to the president.
Jay Sekulow, a self-described Messianic Jew, a member of President Trump’s legal team, repeatedly said on four television shows June 18 that Trump isn’t under investigation by the special counsel.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, is playing a strange dual role in a turbulent White House, the New York Times reported.
In the Jewish diaspora world, there is an undercurrent of uneasiness in reading these articles and names. Whilst not openly talking about it, one senses from the diaspora these articles have helped to stimulate racist activity, resulting in a need for silent Jewish preparedness leading to the resignation and belief the future for the family is no longer in their country of birth.
But, what is the alternative? Can Jews rely on the support of their Christian and non-Christian neighbours? Do Jewish organisations in their community have an exit plan? Will these same Jewish organisations, who for now have been so devoutly focused on Israel, have the clout to also be there for ordinary Jews?
In my opinion, for many years Jewish communities floundered in a sea of self-importance, self-centred and swaggering declarations, that were not only communicated to death but offended and pushed non-Jews away from them.
Frank Luntz, the US-based political and business pollster, once said: “Non-Jews do not want to hear our complaints. They want to know our solutions.” Jews living in North America still don’t have a clue or give a monkey’s ass as to what Luntz was talking about.
As I see it, the vast majority of diaspora Jews and Jewish institutions continue, for the most part, to make sure their messages do everything to conceivably extricate a dialogue with non-Jewish communities.
The Trumptwit racist toxic virus thrives on these weaknesses. It is a weakness that today many Jewish communities, in general, seem to be unable to cope with, or want to accept.