‘Our leadership is giving license, giving license to this prejudice….’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Former Vice President Joe Biden blamed President Donald Trump for a reported increase is in anti-Semitism at a human rights gala Wednesday night.
Biden told guests at the Lantos Foundation evening event that “we are in a battle for the soul of this nation” and “have to recognize trend lines are moving in the wrong direction.”
He also said he was the most qualified person to run for president in 2020, as stoked unfounded fears that Jewish Americans are under attack from President Trump and his supporters.
It was “the largest one-year increase since they started keeping records in 1970,” Biden said.
“That’s not an accident. It’s not an accident,” he said. “Our leadership is giving license, giving license to this prejudice.”
Biden was citing a report published by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League released earlier this year that said anti-Semitic hate spiked 57 percent in 2017, which was Trump’s first year in office.
“A confluence of events in 2017 led to a surge in attacks on our community – from bomb threats, cemetery desecrations, white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, and children harassing children at school,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, in a press release accompanying the report.
What Biden and Greenblatt, a former Clinton and Obama staffer, failed to mention was that the bomb threats outlined in the report — nearly 2,000 against Jewish and other institutions in the United States — were perpetrated by a disturbed Israeli teenager.
The cemetery desecrations cited, were committed by an African-American named Alzado Harris, who police said confessed to knocking down more than 130 gravestones.
Trump dispatched Vice President Mike Pence to personally clean up the cemetery, to which Pence said there was “no place in American for hatred or acts of predjudice or violence of anti-Semitism.”
The ADL report breaks down anti-Semitic hate into vandalism, harassment and assault. Most of the incidents cited were vandalism, such as the recent defacing of a Brooklyn synagogue were the perpetrator, an African-American named James Polite, wrote the disgusting phrase, “Kill All Jews” in black marker.
According to Karol Markowicz, a prominent editorial writer for the New York Post, most anti-Semitism is coming from the political left — not Trump.
The BDS movement, for example, which stands for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, is an entirely left-wing phenomena with sprawling support from university leftists and its aim is to bankrupt the Jewish state of Israel.
Newly elected Minnesota congresswoman and rising Democratic star, Ilhan Omar tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Ilhan is taking over the U.S. House seat of Louis Farrakhan-supporting and accused domestic abuser Keith Ellison.
Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour, who is a national leader of the political left, has long displayed anti-Semitic tendencies, notably her statement that “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy.”
The Trump blaming reached a fever pitch in October, after the horrific mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 innocent Jewish worshippers dead — although the shooter’s social media accounts revealed he hated Trump.
Writing in the Washington Post, a left-leaning journalist named Julia Ioffe wrote that “According to the Anti-Defamation League, the incidence of anti-Semitic hate crimes jumped nearly 60 percent in 2017, the biggest increase since it started keeping track in 1979. What made 2017 so different? It was Trump’s first year in office.”
In a CNN interview, Ioffe, who reported for the New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, also said that “this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.”
Ioffe had previously been fired from Politico for tweeting that “Trump is either f—ing his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws.”
His daughter, Ivanka, is an observant Orthodox Jew as his her husband, Jared Kushner.
Trump also maintains close ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and unlike presidents before him Trump followed through with his pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.