On the day that President Donald Trump specifically denounced anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, a former mayor of an Israeli city placed blame for a recent spate of attacks on Jewish community centers and cemeteries squarely on “Islamo-Nazis and Lefto-Nazis.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Varney & Co,” David Rubin -- the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh -- denounced what he called “ridiculous” “I am a Muslim” rallies, saying “I know that there were many Jewish liberals who were out there at these ridiculous ‘I am a Muslim too’ rallies. Does that mean that they support jihad? Does it mean they support holy war against all non-Muslims? If they are saying ‘I am a Muslim too’ do they support wife beating which is prevalent in Islam? Do they support having four wives which is prevalent in Islam?”
The president’s detractors are calling him to do more. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton tweeted today that she wants Trump to speak out. She tweeted, “Jewish community center threats, cemetery desecration and online attacks are so troubling. They need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting with the President of the United States.”
Rubin credited Trump for speaking “very clearly” on the eleven recent attacks on Jewish community centers across the country.
Varney asked Rubin if the Trump administration has “fostered an environment of hatred and violence,” as implied in statements made by Trump’s opponents. In response, Rubin said that there is division in the country, but it does not come from Trump. While he said the origin of the threats against Jews have yet to be identified, he said “We need to be talking about the Islamo-Nazis. We need to be talking about the far-left Nazis because the main anti-Semitism coming today is from the left and the Muslims.”
Rubin praised First Lady Melania Trump for beginning an appearance by the President by reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Saying it was “great,” Rubin recalled that George Washington spoke before a Jewish congregation in Savannah, Georgia, and called upon the “Divine Providence to bless these United States of America through this congregation.” Rubin said that Washington was obviously referring to the Book of Genesis, which he quoted: “I will bless those who you bless and I will curse those who you curse.”
JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.