Washington – Report: State Department’s Anti-Semitism Envoy May Be Axed

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    Washington – A plan announced Monday by President Trump to boost defense spending by $54 billion would have the White House cutting funding to numerous other agencies and may result in the elimination of a special envoy position dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism.

    According to reports on Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/2ljYZSa), Trump pledged to finance the ten percent increase in defense spending by slashing the same amount from the government’s discretionary budget. The State Department is bracing itself for cuts which could eliminate several positions, including one dedicated to handling anti-Semitic issues. A source who was familiar with the president’s plan said that foreign aid is also on the Trump chopping block.

    Speaking at a Conservative Political Action Conference in Atlanta last week, Trump vowed to pump up funding for the military.

    “We will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military; offensive, defensive, everything, bigger and better and stronger than ever before,” said the president. “And hopefully we’ll never have to use it but nobody’s gonna mess with us folks, nobody.”

    The State Department established the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) under the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 to develop and implement policies to combat acts of anti-Semitism.

    The SEAS page on the Department of State website has been removed in recent weeks.

    Trump’s announcement came on the same day as his condemnation of attacks on Jewish cemeteries in both St. Louis and Philadelphia, as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2lSxp0j). White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that the president is “deeply disappointed and concerned” by the recent acts of vandalism.

    “The president continues to condemn these and any other forms of anti-Semitic and hateful acts in the strongest terms,” said Spicer.

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    1. Makes sense to me. Its about maximizing the return on dollars spent by our government aka ROI’s. An anti semtism envoy is a do nothing waste of job. Plus lets cut to the chase, the biggest threat to frum jews is muslim terrorism. Over the past 20 years look how much jewish blood was spilled by muslim animals. If we want to fight anti semtism fight the muslims.

      So no hashomer quit while you are ahead. This has nothing to do with alt-right kkk nonsense. Trump is the best president ever for jews. Its about maximizing returns
      And the only uptick in anti semetic attacks are from liberal copy cats encouraged by the NYT.

            • No my friend I understand issues very well. I don’t fall for the hyped up news. This silly issue of white supremacy pals in comparison due Islamic extremism.

              Now re the name calling I will not resort to insults and demagoguery as you choose. As Michelle Obama once said, when your enemy goes low you go high. I stick to substance. My substance is math. I count numbers. How many yidden died via muslims and how many via white supremacy? The threat is obvious. Since the universe is of limited resources common sense dictates spend that money on people that are killing us.

            • Trolling again? Give it a break. Some commentors here want to have a serious discussion. At least if you want to troll inject it with some humor like you $5 copay comment. At least we can all have a laugh.

      • The Crusaders were Muslim?
        The Spanish Catholic Church was Muslim?
        Pogroms were Muslim?
        Hitler and the Nazis were Muslims?
        The KKK is Muslim?
        White Nationalists are Muslim?
        Jews were officially expelled from Christian countries 108 times, yet there was never an official expulsion from a Muslim country.

        There are bad people in every group. But although Zionism has cost thousands of Jewish lives, Judaism is not at war with Islam and never was.

        Rav Kook ruled that the Arabs are gerei Toshav (the basis of heter mechirah Mishpat Kohen 58-63 and 69). Rambam and Rav Ovadia Yosef ruled the same.

        If you think Trump is the best president for the Jews, you must not live in a Jewish neighborhood.

        Our shul and JCC were attacked, people have been beaten (by white men) swastikas are on homes and businesses and the cemetery where my g-grandparents are buried was destroyed.

        Jewish cemeteries in Muslim countries are cared for by Muslims unlike what happened in Europe and what is happening here.

        • That was then this is now. In the 21st century Islam is our new threat not Christians. Wake up buddy. Stop living in the past. Yes during the holocaust muslims did not kill us. But over the past 20 years who has been killing us. Stop bringing up the past as if its any indicator of the 21st century. Times change.

          Facts are muslims are killing us left and right. The innocent jews shot dead in a French supermarket while shopping for shabbos had nothing to do with Zionism. Call it what you’d like but muslims are our threat not some nutty kooks who sit in hotels screaming white supremacy. They are just a few crazies. They are a distraction to the real threat.

          I am sorry to hear that your shul and JCC were attacked by some rowdy white teenagers. But that pals in comparison to muslim attacks against jews.

          • “21st Century” For every american killed in the 21st Century by Muslims 100 times more are killed by Christian Gun toting White Supermacist Gun Holders. Just read the FBI statistics or listen to your President. In one week in Chicago more people are killed than in 17 years (2017) by Muslim terrorists.

    2. This government office and others like it area waste of taxpayers money. Who ever heard of this office? Their web site lists nothing of substance or their accomplishments. Their “archives” is empty. A Google search of the name came up with nothing of substance. Time to put an end to these do nothing government organs and their apparatchiks. Perhaps we can send them to some EU office in Brussels. As to # 4’s comments, Jews were hung, imprisoned, harassed, and kicked out of: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, etc. Just ask any Sephardi Jew that’s older than 50 years.

    3. Never so eloquently portrayed. A Zionist symbol of the Star = to a swastika. The Zionists were the first to extend their friendship to the Nazis so let the Zionists dance hand by hand with the Nazis and keep the Torah Jew out of the mud.

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