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March 18, 2016 11:50 am

Jewish Groups, Leaders Plan Anti-Trump Protest at AIPAC Conference

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 Several Jewish groups and leaders are planning to boycott Donald Trump's speech at AIPAC. Photo: Twitter.

Several Jewish groups and leaders are planning to boycott Donald Trump’s speech at AIPAC. Photo: Twitter. – Several Jewish groups and leaders said they plan to protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump when he gives a speech during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday. Several groups are also planning to boycott Trump’s speech altogether.

The campaign against Trump, dubbed Come Together Against Hate in a spin on the AIPAC conference’s theme of “Come Together,” was organized by Rabbis David Paskin and Jesse Olitzky, who created a website and Facebook group for the protest. The rabbis say that their campaign is not about disruption of the AIPAC conference itself, but rather that it intends to voice their condemnation of Trump as a presidential candidate.

“This is not about policies, this is not about parties, this is about one particular person, Donald Trump, who has encouraged and incited violence at his campaign rallies,” said Paskin, a rabbi in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., CNN reported. “We are against the hatred, the incitement of hatred, the ugliness that has engulfed this political season.”

More than 200 rabbis, cantors, and other Jewish leaders have joined the anti-Trump campaign. “We’re hoping thousands of people will join us in that protest,” Paskin said. “We’re going to be providing the antidote, we believe, to what Donald Trump is espousing.”

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  • JC Court

    Rabbis Jeffrey Salkin David Paskin Jesse Olitzky and Dozens of Jewish religious leaders will be protesting Donald Trump’s citing the Republican front-runner’s “bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny” as well as the “violence promoted” by his campaign.

    Typical adjectives used by the left to attack anyone that do not agree with them.

    Mr Trump cares more about Israel than those leftist Rabbis. Thanks.

  • Bruce Rubin

    I have been a Democrat most of my life and grew up in Chicago.Trump is not Hitler and seems to be a pretty liberal for a Republican but he has said a few off the cuff things that his bottom line bass have taken literally and the Democratic controlled areas of the news have twisted quite eloquently. I cannot imagine having to get up in front of a crowd and have to babble for two hours and be entertaining without occasionally sayings thing you wish you hadn’t said. These Rabbi’need some education if they are so easily manipulated by the media and typical political tricks.Trump for the most part seems to be a pretty sharp guy and why he thought he could just walk into Chicago the heart of the Democratic machine and have a rally and think he wasn’t going to get a spanking shows his advisors are a bit green.TEN POINTS FOR BERNIE BUT NO SUPER DELEGATES!!!

  • Stein

    The Reform Movement needs to be careful. If it officially supports, or officially opposes, a political candidate, it might lose its tax exempt status.

    If politics is the new religion, then by law, the religious organization might have to reorganize as a political organization.

  • John steimetz

    All those people protesting are from reform and reconstruction is beliefs. Many of these so called “rabbis” or cantor were pro Iranian deal.

  • Andrew

    It’s a shame that you can’t fix stupid, these are the same people who support the antisemitic Obama.

  • rbockman

    a leftist hobby, protesting

  • Robert Geller

    I wonder is these are the same rabbis who were so quick and willing to sign the petition in support of the Iran deal. Trump may not adhere to all of the teachings of the Torah and he may not be true to all “Jewish values”, but it is hard to imagine how the Clinton’s history of lying, deceit, adultry, misogyny, stealing, and general corruption are consistent with “Jewish values”. It would make most sense to boycott both Clinton and Trump if these esteem rabbis are really concerned about Jewish values.

  • Eric R.

    These “leaders” are a bunch of leftist idiots. Their real religion is Marxism They do NOT speak for me.

  • Max Genghis Cohen

    All those rabbis and Cantors complaining about Trump, but not a word from God on the subject (or any other subject). Considering the total absence of commentary directly from God through all the ages, one might conclude that God is the mightiest subjectivist miscalculation ever perpetrated by the minds of men, and after all, the silence of god proves he is only human.

  • paul

    What misguided delusional people! very sad…

  • Paul

    The “good guys” are voting for everyone to be peaceful and to love thy neighbor, even if thy neighbor hates you and wants to kill you for being Jewish.
    Trump acknowledge the fact that the “bad guys” are bad, and says we should fight back.
    The “good guys” sound more noble – and ineffective.
    While Obama preaches peace and goodwill to all, the bad guys who do not believe in peace nor goodwill are taking over.
    Should the Jews have appealed to Hitler’s hidden humanity and love of peace and goodwill, or tried to fight back when confronted with the “bad guys “?
    the Tanach says there is a proper time and a place for everything under the sun. Maybe it is time to stand up and fight for what is right, and is being destroyed ?

  • Susan A Fishman

    When these 200 so-called Rabbis and their minions protest the most Anti-Semitic President (and we have had others) and his run away from his Jewish heritage roots Secretary of State, then we can all have a dialogue about hate.
    Shame on these schmadniks!!!!

  • Jack Holan

    It would be smart for Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Jesse Olitsky to throw away the playbook used by JVP, BDS, MSA, and instead listen, ask questions. You will walk away fully educated where Mr. Trump stands rather than what others say about him, repeat what he said out of context or imperfectly. If they want to bring attention on themselves and act out on preconceived ideas about him or his ideology placing others in danger then that is the selfish immature route to take. Also trying to shut someone’s speech down is the very tactic being used today by both the Anti Israel and Anti-Semite Crowd. This is whom you will be mimicking.

  • Reform School

    Rabbi Paskin and friends formally request forfeiture of all 501 (c) tax benefits for themselves and their affiliated organizations. The First Amendment right to political speech does not supercede their agreement to waive exercising that right in exchange for special tax favors. Argument can be made that all not-for-profits engage in candidate advocacy as a duty of responsible citizenship.


    these leftist rabbis speak for reform movement they shpuld go away and shad up . they did enaugh damage allready , they sided with obama against Israel , they are pro Iran deal , they criticize israel for standing up to the pali terrorsists and have the gumption and the temerity to pass themselves as jewish representatives ? they are traitors , and hardly speak for the likes of me .I for one have problem with Trump , I will vote for him and hope most of orthodox and conservative jews do the same


      These leftist rabbis speak for reform movement they should go away and shad up. They did enough damage already, they sided with Obama against Israel, they are pro Iran deal, and they criticize Israel for standing up to the Pali terrorists and have the gumption and the temerity to pass themselves as Jewish representatives? They are traitors, and hardly have the credentials to speak for the likes of me .I for one have NO problem with Trump, I will vote for him and hope most of orthodox and conservative Jews do the same.Obama and these leftists reformists (you know they are pro BDS ,pro Jay Street . Pro Obama Pro Israel One Fund ) why are they appointing themselves as representatives of US jewish community ?They were silent when Netanyahoo for the survival of his country .In fact in WWII when the Holocaust was going on and European Rabbis leaders came to US to plead with Roosevelt to bomb the camps in Europe in order to save those innocent souls ,these so called “humanitarians” ie mainly the chief rabbi of reform movement asked White representatives not to meet with them for the selfish egoistic self serving reasons not to attact attention to them selves . DISCUSTING

  • Max Genghis Cohen

    “Move On. Org” incited massive rioting in Chicago, where there had been none prior, but without eliciting an objection from these particular Jewish leaders. I am a Cruz supporter but I find their campaign against Trump a crude attempt to confound Republican efforts to block the Hillary machine from renewing Obama’s obsession with Islamic control of the Middle East.

  • Dov

    Give me a break. These are the same Rabbis who supported J Street and have come out against Israel on numerous occasions. They are all left wig liberals and why anyone cares about what they have to say is beyond me.

  • Ron Wasserman

    Trump is the Democrats dream candidate for Republican
    nomination for president. He maligns and alienates so many
    with his adolescent antics, not to mention his remarks about
    illegals and Mexicans that especially many Republicans are
    more than fed up with him. Surely, he will be a target for
    endless media assaults leading up to November. How on earth
    can Trump win the electoral votes of the solid blue states
    which are so needed in winning the election? Trump is indeed
    the victim of leftist intolerance when activists try to shout
    him down and they should be condemned, but much of this he
    brings on himself.

  • SteveHC

    Morons for sure. Apparently the Jewish “liberal left” sees nothing wrong with adopting the tactics of pro-BDS, anti-Israel anti-Semites…

  • norm_t

    Walking out on a potential POTUS
    would be beyond stupid.

    Especially walking out on Donald Trump.


    i don’t look upon people who do this as anything but hateful germs and cancers of society

    if these groups don’t wear tzitizi’s or kepi’s or keep shabbos as those without mouths….

    shameful to all jews ……

  • Stein

    It seems that David Paskin and Jesse Olitzky are themselves guilty of these accusations:

    ‘the hatred, the incitement of hatred, the ugliness that has engulfed this political season’.

    I hope these two and their followers behave compassionately toward Trump.

  • Will these protesters all wear brown shirts to signify their power to stop free speech? Sad, when Jews ignore Sidney and Max Blumenthal and the Clintons, and then pretend hate at Trump because he supports Israel with his voice and donations. Next thing will be Jews for an Arab Only Israel. Disgusting. Go back to Soros’ J Street and hatch your rotten eggs.

  • “We’re going to be providing the antidote, we believe, to what Donald Trump is espousing.”


    AIPAC is designed and purports to be BIPARTISAN. This is tattered enough after the last 8 years.

    This action will not only be counterproductive for Israel and AIPAC, it will end up ‘standing on these shoulders’ of Obama’s blatant anti Israel desires

    Plain, ill conceived