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Letter to the editor: Trump is pro-Jewish

As an American Jew whose parents were Holocaust survivors, the tragedy at Tree of Life represents to me another sad reminder of the fact that in every generation there are those who try to destroy the Jewish people. Nonetheless, those who try to destroy the Jewish people end up among the many nations that lay in the dust bin on the ash heap of history.

Meanwhile, the Jewish people will continue to survive. Even though the deaths of 11 fellow Jews represent less that a half-millionth of the loss experienced during the Holocaust, the hatred of anti-Semitism expressed and the sadness of the tragedy carry the same weight.

What is very different from the Holocaust, however, is the fact that we live in a blessed country in which such action is universally condemned by millions of fellow non-Jewish citizens — from the president on down. Our country’s laws are based on the laws of the Torah which the Jewish people worship.

I deeply regret that some of my fellow Jewish brethren blame President Trump for this incident. Not since Harry Truman has the U.S. had a more pro-Jewish, pro-Israel president. President Obama can be seen smiling next to avowed anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan in a 2005 photo from a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, when Obama was a U.S. Senator. Farrakhan has said there is a congenial mutual respect between him and Obama.

Joel I. Last


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