Jewish groups criticize Trump for antisemitic stereotypes in speech

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. On Saturday he addressed Jewish supporters at a conference in Hollywood

Trump enumerated his pro-Israel moves at the Israeli-American Council's annual conference in Florida, including recognizing moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem, cutting us aid to the Palestinian Authority, pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions and recognizing Israelis sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) was even angrier when it rebuked Trump's comments.

He recounted his record on issues of importance to Jews. "Because you have people that are Jewish people, that are great people...they don't love Israel enough".

"A lot of you are in the real estate business, because I know you very well", said Trump.

Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director Halie Soifer in a statement Sunday denounced the "vile and bigoted remarks in which the president - once again - used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterise Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel." .

Soifer complained that Trump "even had the audacity to suggest that Jews "have no choice" but to support him".

Watching Trump "traffic in antisemitic stereotypes is disgusting", the tweet said. Trump added, "Because you have Jewish people that are great people-they don't love Israel enough".

Trump also highlighted his decision to reverse more than a half-century of USA policy in the Middle East by recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the strategic highlands on the border with Syria.

Trump praised his administration's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Some of you I don't like at all, actually. "You're brutal killers, not nice people at all".

Trump said he believes thousands of Iranians have been killed in the protests and that thousands more have been arrested.

'Trump's insistence on using anti-Semitic tropes when addressing Jewish audiences is risky and should concern every member of the Jewish community - even Jewish Republicans, ' Keyak said.

The Israeli American Council is financially backed by one of Trump's top supporters, the husband-and-wife duo of Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate.

Regarding the Iranian threat, "We must never allow a regime that chants "Death to America" or "Death to Israel" to obtain a nuclear weapon", he said. He addressed peace in the Middle East, saying "If Jared Kushner can't do it, it can't be done."Trump has a 29% approval rating with Jewish voters nationwide, but is popular among some conservative Jewish voters, such as those in the room Saturday night". "Radical lawmakers who support the BDS movement are advancing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic" legislation. The state GOP closed the event to media coverage.



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