The Jewish people have been the target of white nationalism for more than a century.No world leader, especially the president of the United States of America, should contribute to this disgusting rhetoric. For President Donald Trump to state that American Jews have dual loyalties is not only a disgraceful use of his platform as the leader of the free world, but it’s also an anti-Semitic attack that should be condemned by Jews everywhere.
My Jewish identity empowers me to be a Democrat and support the state of Israel. Those do not work at cross purposes. In fact, they go hand in hand.
Democratic policies reflect Jewish values. My parents instilled in me the importance of “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) and “tzedakah” (charity). It is Democrats who have tried to welcome the stranger by unanimously passing legislation to grant Venezuelans fleeing the despotic Maduro regime temporary protected status. It is Democrats who have been working to heal the sick and keep people healthy by making sure all Americans have access to quality affordable health insurance, regardless of preexisting conditions. And Democrats are determined to act now to save our planet from the catastrophic effects of global warming for future generations.