The ADL reports, Jared Kushner, the American real estate investor and developer, or more popularly known as the son-in-law and senior advisor to Donald Trump has become a massive target of antisemitism of Twitter recently. A majority of these tweets flagged by the ADL claims that Kushner has played a part in manipulating Trump and further pushing the Unites States into war for the benefit of Israel. Some of these tweets can be linked back to popular antisemites like David Duke and Richard Spencer. With the hashtag #FireKushner both Duke and Spencer tweeted post such as, “#FireKushner No one voted for Kushner. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power.” And further, “We are being brought down from within. ZIO [Zionist] Supremacists are the true enemy of the American people… not Assad, not Putin. #FireKushner.” (Twitter) These claims, like most claims made by these men, is used to rile up followers and further support their antisemitic agenda. The majority of the tweets surround the recent context of a feud in the White House between Kushner and Stephen Bannon. The feud involved Bannon connection to the site Breitbart News, a site in which Kushner claimed to be “the platform for the alt-right.” As Bannon has becoming increasingly unpopular, The Jerusalem Post reports “white supremacists have responded in a number of ways from claiming Kushner is a front man for Trump’s white nationalist views to smearing him as a nefarious adviser who controls Trump.” (JTA) This makes me think back to our discussion on the changing faces of antisemitism, and how it can be used to supports various agendas in different contexts. Claiming Kushner is manipulating Trump is one thing, but dragging Zionist ideals and Israel into the equation is creating further damage for the Jewish community. There is ways to be critical of Kushner without the antisemitic narrative.
Published by The Jerusalem Post, April 12th, 2017 10:10 AM: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/ADL-Jared-Kushner-a-growing-target-of-online-antisemitism-486773
Twitter Post published by Richard Spencer, April 7th, 2007 12:28 AM:https://twitter.com/RichardBSpencer/status/850474946803511296
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