President Accuses Jewish Dems of ‘Disloyalty’; Arrest in OH JCC Threat; CA Students Sing Nazi Song

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August 23, 2019


President Trump accused Jews who vote for Democrats of having “great disloyalty” – invoking a centuries old anti-Semitic trope. An avowed white nationalist was arrested for threatening to attack a Jewish community center in Youngstown, OH. And in California, members of a high school water polo team were seen on video giving the Nazi salute and singing a Nazi song.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate, and the latest info about ADL from around the country.


1)   President Trump Accuses Jewish Democratic Voters of ‘Great Disloyalty’

“At the time, Mr. Trump did not go into specifics about what he considered to be Jews’ disloyalty, but his language was reminiscent of the anti-Semitic smear that Jews have a ‘dual loyalty’ and are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own countries.” The New York Times:

+ WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on CNN Newsroom with Jim Sciutto

+ ADL Resource: Straight Talk on the Charge of Jewish Disloyalty

+ Greenblatt tweet: .@POTUS made it clear he thinks Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel. This #antiSemitic trope has been used to persecute Jews for centuries & it’s unacceptable to promote it…


2)   Ohio White Nationalist Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up Jewish Community Center

“Police initially became aware of James Reardon on July 11 when he posted a video on Instagram of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle with sirens and screams in the background. He tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown in the post…” ABC News:

+ ADL Statement on Arrest of Youngstown White Supremacist

+ WATCH: ADL’s George Selim on the CBS Evening News discussing the threat of white nationalism

+ ADL Resource: 18 Best Practices for Jewish Institutional Security


3)   California High School Students Seen in Video Giving Nazi Salute, Singing Nazi Song

“The teens, reportedly members of the boys water polo team at Pacifica High School, made the gesture before an awards ceremony last year. District officials ‘strongly condemn’ the video, saying they learned of the incident in March.” NBC Nightly News:


+ WATCH: ADL Orange County Regional Director Rabbi Peter Levi on the CBS Evening News

+ ADL Orange County tweet: This has no place in our schools and reminds us of the need for education on #antiSemitism and the Holocaust…



•    Iranian leaders and state-controlled media outlets are spreading #antiSemitic propaganda and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories…
•    We welcome Paraguay’s important decision to designate the virulently #antiSemitic groups Hamas and Hezbollah as terror organizations…
•    Public figures’ anti-immigrant views and constant demonization of immigrants creates an environment where white supremacists and other extremists feel justified…


•    Despite Hate-Filled Flyer, Ridgewood-Area Rabbis Say Jews There Feel Safe (The New York Jewish Week)
•    San Diego Chapter of Anti-Defamation League on stopping spread of hate (KUSI-TV, San Diego -- Tammy Gillies interviewed)
•    Tucson is not immune to hate messaging, fliers show (Arizona Jewish Post)


•    Combating the rising threat of white supremacist terrorism (ABC Nightline -- Jonathan Greenblatt interviewed)
•    Hate crime reports have soared in D.C. Prosecutions have plummeted. (The Washington Post)
•    ADL, Jewish Groups Criticize Omar, Tlaib for Sharing Anti-Semitic Cartoon (Jewish Journal)

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