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April 13, 2017 11:21 am

Major Jewish Group Highlights ‘Explosive’ Online Antisemitic Attacks Against Jared Kushner

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Jared Kushner (right) speaking with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 3, 2017. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law and adviser of US President Donald Trump, has recently become the target of an “explosive” online campaign of antisemitism, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in a report published on Monday.

According to the ADL, the campaign of antisemitism “has been driven by white supremacists and anti-Semites and has all the hallmarks of classic Jewish conspiracy theories,” including “accusations that Jews in the Trump administration are trying to start a war to advance the interests of Israel.”

The social media campaign, which began April 5, features Twitter hashtags such as #kushneratwar, #kushnerswar and #firekushner.

“#FireKushner, No one voted for Kushner. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power,” tweeted Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who heads the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.

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The growing online attacks against Kushner come after the recent US bombing of Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, as well as reports of tensions between Kushner and White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, who was removed from the National Security Council last week.

“The response to Kushner and the Trump administration from white supremacists comes at a time where some have expressed disappointment at Trump, who they previously viewed as a champion of their cause,” the ADL said in its report.

The report also noted that Kushner has been targeted by antisemites outside of Twitter, primarily on neo-Nazi websites such as The Daily Stormer and Infostomer.

Eric Striker, a writer for The Daily Stormer, referred to Kushner as “President Kushner” and said his “vital interest as a Chabad Lubavitcher (a Jewish hasidic sect) in foreign policy is to advance Israel at the expense of America,” according to the ADL.

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  • Joseph Feld

    In earlier generations many Americans were hyphenated, e.g. German Americans, Irish Americans, Polish Americans etc. I wonder how many of the white supremacists are German in origin or ancestry. In my native Baltimore there were even bilingual German-English public schools and a German newspaper until America entered WW1. Anti-German feeling was so strong in WW1 that even the British Royal Family changed their German family name to Windsor. Trump, of course, has German ancestry, but I see no credible evidence of racism or antisemitism.

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