Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Jewish voters in the US believe that American Jews are less secure than two years ago – and many accuse Trump & # 39; s response to a recent increase in anti-Semitism, according to a new survey.
A majority (71 percent) of Jewish voters disapprove of how Trump dealt with anti-Semitism – including recent shootings at synagogues, according to the poll of 1,000 Jewish voters by Greenberg Research on behalf of the Jewish Pebble Institute.
The poll is because the Jewish community is increasingly besieged, with a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the last two years, according to annual audits of such incidents by the Anti-Defamation League.
Last year, the ADL identified 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents in the US, including 1,066 cases of intimidation, 774 cases of vandalism, and 39 physical attacks.
This graph shows the shifting number of anti-Semitic attacks in America from 1979-2018. Source: Anti-Defamation League
& # 39; (American) Jewish Americans, in general there is much concern & # 39 ;, said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of ADL.
& # 39; We have seen an increase in anti-Semitism in your face, which is very worrying & # 39 ;, he told DailyMail.com. & # 39; In addition to real anti-Semitism … you have seen an explosion of anti-Semitism online. And the Jewish stereotypes and defamation on social media are amazing. & # 39;
Nearly 60 percent of American Jews think that Trump is at least partially responsible for the recent targeted attacks on synagogues.
& # 39; We have a Jewish community, not besieged, but faced with great uncertainty, we blame President Trump for it, become very committed and politicized, and give priority to a number of domestic issues that will affect them in 2020 vote on Democratic & # 39; investigator Stan Greenberg told it Religion News Service.
Trump recently came out to condemn an anti-Semitic cartoon in The New York Times and to express his condolences to the victims of the recent shooting in Poway, California.
"Our entire nation is grieving the loss of life, praying for the wounded, and standing in solidarity with the Jewish Community," said Trump during a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
& # 39; We strongly condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hatred that must be defeated, & # 39; he added.
Trump & # 39; s comments came when GOP leaders tried to capture more of the Jewish voices that historically went to the Democrats.
Earlier this month, large Republican donors gathered at a resort in Las Vegas for a briefing about an effort of $ 10 million or more to increase support for Trump, according to Politics.
However, critics have said that Trump's support for the Jewish community is inconsistent, given his comments after the 2017 white nationalist marathon in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At the time, he typed anti-Semitic demonstrations – including protesters who chanted that & # 39; Jews will not replace us & # 39; – as a & # 39; small group of people & # 39; that do not have a & # 39; increasing threat & # 39; form.
Trump has considerable support from Orthodox Jews, who account for around 10 percent of the Jewish population of the United States.
However, some Democratic members of Congress have recently had to apologize for anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist comments and tweets, and many American Jews are not sure where their interests can best be protected, politically, Greenblatt said.
& # 39; I think they feel alarmed and in their heart I think they feel some confusion & he said. & # 39; We have seen that anti-Semitic extremism is almost sneaking in and normalized in the political process. It comes from both sides of the political spectrum. & # 39;
& # 39; The Jewish people are trying to understand where the Democratic Party is? Where's the Republican Party? Jewish people try to understand everything, & Greenblatt added.
This April 28, 2019 file photo shows a deputy San Diego sheriff in front of the Poway Chabad synagogue in Poway, California. An armed man attacked the synagogue last week and fired his semi-automatic rifle at Passover worshipers
The FBI has more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism throughout the country, including white supremacists and anti-government civilians, said top officials against terrorism earlier this month.
And just like foreign terrorists, domestic terrorists quickly radicalize online with few gateways or barriers and do not have to meet in person.
"There is a lot of hatred on the internet," said Mike McGarrity, the FBI's chief terrorism expert during a testimony given before a congressional committee on hatred and domestic violence.
Officials warned lawmakers that they could not easily prosecute a white supremacist for the ideology or an online manifesto – there must be intent to do harm or harass.
In April, an archer killed a woman and injured an 8-year-old girl, her uncle, and a rabbi in Chabad or Poway, a synagogue in Southern California.
McGarrity said there were six deadly domestic terrorism attacks in 2018 and five in 2017. Of the hundreds of open FBI investigations, about half were anti-governmental and about 40 percent related to race or religion.
& # 39; That mobilization to violence is much faster & # 39; then in the past, McGarrity said, adding that anyone can go on the internet and find content that justifies what you want to do & # 39 ;.
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