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Anne Frank Center: Trump Behind 'Incubator of Hatred'

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 04:51 PM

President Donald Trump is "creating an incubator of hatred" that has led to numerous anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community nationwide since his administration began in January, Steven Goldstein of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said Tuesday.

"When you don't respond to anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia and racism in real time, when you wait days and sometimes weeks to respond to attacks, you are sending a signal to the haters that hate is OK," Goldstein, executive director of the New York-based center, told Brooke Baldwin on CNN.

Trump earlier Tuesday denounced anti-Semitism in his strongest remarks to date after a flurry of threats to Jewish community centers around the country.


"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate, and prejudice, and evil," he said after touring the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington.

The president has come under strong pressure from various sides, including former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, to denounce such attacks.

Eleven Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats on Monday, though they proved to be hoaxes, according to the JCC Association of North America.

In addition, as many as 200 headstones were damaged or tipped over at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis late Sunday or early Monday.

In January, 48 Jewish centers received bomb threats, according to news reports.

Goldstein slammed Trump's comments as "too little, too late" — telling Baldwin "his silence was deafening.

"It was just a Band-Aid.

"He doesn't respond unless groups like mine just go crazy pleading, begging Mr. President to condemn anti-Semitism. He doesn't do it."

Goldstein called on Trump to fire chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who has been accused of making anti-Semitic statements in the past, and to make "a major address on anti-Semitism to the far right that is responsible for anti-Semitism in his administration."

He also demanded an independent commission with members appointed by Congress that would examine anti-Semitism "apart from the president's influence.

"Isn't that why we elect a president?" Goldstein asked. "Don't we elect a president to be the moral authority of leadership in this country?

"These incidents didn't occur to the same extent before President Trump took office.

"So, of course, we see a night-and-day difference," he added. "The night-and-day difference began with his election — and accelerated with his inauguration."

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President Donald Trump is "creating an incubator of hatred" that has led to numerous anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community nationwide since his administration began in January, Steven Goldstein of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said Tuesday.
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