New York – After a pair of shocking acts of vandalism that left more than 200 headstones toppled at two different Jewish cemeteries, Assemblyman Dov Hikind is speaking out strongly against those who blame President Donald Trump for a recent spike in anti-Semitic incidents categorizing them as unfair and hypocritical.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2lKU2ni), more than 100 headstones were vandalized at Philadelphia’s Mount Carmel cemetery over the weekend. A similar incident took place last week in St. Louis at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.
The notion that the president is responsible for these attacks and many others that have taken place in recent weeks is preposterous, observed Hikind who said that Trump is a convenient scapegoat.
“The fact is that we have no idea who is behind any of these attacks,” Hikind told VIN News. “Whether it is coming from the political right, the haters, neo-Nazi groups of the left? We just don’t know. But to say that all of this is Trump’s fault is an absolute lie.”
While Hikind said he hoped to see the president take an even stronger stance against anti-Semitism, he noted that the recent barrage of criticism aimed at the president has nothing to do with hate crimes.
“I’m not saying that he is 100 percent innocent,” said Hikind. “But this isn’t about the truth. It is about undermining the president. People on the left pray every day that our president fail and anything they can blame on him they throw his way.”
Hikind wondered why others who have advocated violence and hatred have been spared the disapproval that is aimed at Trump on an almost daily basis.
He noted that Councilman Carlos Menchaca, whose district includes part of Borough Park, suffered no backlash after taking part in a rally where he joined protestors chanting “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go” and that there was no outcry when Senator Chuck Schumer, who routinely refers to himself as “shomer yisroel” supported Keith Ellison in his quest to head the Democratic party despite his strong anti-Israel leanings.
Hikind also pointed the finger of blame at Linda Sarsour, saying that she is an open supporter of Palestinian aggression against Israel.
“She supports violence, but no we blame Trump, instead,” said Hikind. “How does that make sense?”
The fact that representatives of the Democratic party have done little to denounce the recent upsurge in anti-Semitism is troubling to Hikind who said that anti-Israel sentiments and anti-Semitism are inextricably intertwined.
“Unfortunately, the new Democratic party condones this hatred towards Israel and therefore towards the Jewish people,” said Hikind.
Asked if he was considering switching his own party affiliation, Hikind categorized himself as “the most disloyal Democrat out there,” saying that while crossing party lines has created problems for him in the Assembly, he casts his votes to benefit his constituents and not on party lines.
“Let’s just say that for those who are thinking about leaving the Democratic party, now is a good time to do so,” said Hikind.