On April 10th, 2017, an article published by Haaretz discussed that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s Judaism has become a target for alt-right groups. Until now, it has seemed like Jared and Ivanka’s faith has been somewhat of a taboo subject. However, things began to change last week when it came to light that there appears to be a growing feud between Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. As noted in a blog post from last week, Bannon referred to
Kushner as a “globalist” after he was removed from the National Security Council. Last Tuesday after Trump ordered to attack a Syrian Army base with Tomahawk missiles, many people on the far right began blaming Kushner for initiating the attacks on the behalf of Israel. On Saturday, Alt- Right leader, Richard Spencer, led a demonstration in front of the White House with signs that read “No more wars 4 Israel” (Haaretz). Preceding the protest, on April 7th , Spencer tweeted out ” #FireKushner No one voted for him. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power” (Twitter of Richard Spencer). It is clear that when Spencer said “people like Kushner..” he was referring to Jewish people. According to the article, other people in the alt-right have also accused Ivanka as being behind the President’s decision to launch the attack against Syria. On the radio show “Infowars, alt-righter Alex Jones, stated that “It’s them, it’s them – it’s his daughter and son-in-law who are literally enemies of the republic!” (Haaretz). This not only relates to many of the potent anti-Jewish stereotypes that we have learned about throughout the semester, like how Jews are the enemies of the “common man”, but it also directly relates to our discussion on Anti-Zionism. These Alt-right statements reflect the irrational belief that the state of Israel is the greatest danger to world peace and has no right to exist.
Krupkin, Taly. Bannon and Kushner Feud Brings anti-Semitism Out of Hiding , Haaretz, 10 Apr. 2017. Accessed 10 Apr. 2017.