Top Jewish leader urges Trump to act against anti-Semitism
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, petitions US President Trump to speak out plainly and emphatically against anti-Semitism, in light of a rise in hate crimes fueled by anti-Jewish sentiment in North America.
A top American Jewish leader urged US President Donald Trump to speak out against anti-Semitism amid a surge in harassment of Jews in the US.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, spoke in Jerusalem on Sunday, saying that "I think that the president helps set the tone for a country."
Despite Trump's flippant remarks recently made to a Haredi reporter's question on rising anti-Semitism in the United States, Hoenlein said: "I'm hopeful that what he said about ... addressing hate and racism of all kinds in American society will be translated into clear action."
American Jews have experienced a sharp rise in anti-Semitism over the course of the presidential campaign and this year. Among the incidents, Jewish centers in 27 states and Canada received telephone bomb threats last month.