Jewish Federation Condemns Trump’s Bannon Appointment

The leaders of New Haven Jewish community Tuesday condemned President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice of Stephen Bannon, a man known for “racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, and Islamaphobic views,” as a top adviser.

The condemnation came in the form of a statement issued by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and its Jewish Community Relations Council. The statement follows:

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and its Jewish Community Relations Council believe and support the democratic values and ideals articulated by the constitution of the United States of America and its history of supporting the freedoms enjoyed by the citizens of this country.  We applaud the longstanding tradition of a peaceful transition of presidential leadership and congratulate Donald J. Trump on becoming president-elect.

It is the responsibility of our Jewish Federation and its JCRC to support and defend the rights of the Jewish community and all minority communities against all forms of bigotry, hatred, racism and persecution.  These ideals and our Jewish values guide us each and every day.  We will remain vigilant.

We call upon President-elect Trump to make appointments that are aligned with and are true to the values that we hold dear.  We condemn the appointment of Stephen K. Bannon as Chief White House Strategist and Senior Counselor.  As the editor of the Breitbart website and as campaign manager for the Trump campaign, Mr. Bannon promoted and exploited racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, and Islamaphobic views. President-elect Trump should reconsider his appointment of Mr. Bannon and demonstrate his commitment to the unity, pluralism, diversity and respect for all Americans he pledged in his victory speech on November 9, when he declared that he would strive to “bind the wounds of division” in America.

While the rhetoric of the campaign season was often disturbing and divisive, we call upon all our leaders to speak words of freedom, equality, kindness and respect.  Constructive dialogue is called for and we hope that our elected officials and leaders will engage in discourse that will reassure our community that the great tenets of American society that enabled our community to find safety on America’s shores and the opportunity to thrive will continue unabated for all her citizens.

Norman Ravski, President
Judy Alperin Diamondstein, Chief Executive Officers
Betty Levy, JCRC Chair
Rabbi Joshua Ratner, JCRC Director

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posted by: Brutus2011 on November 15, 2016  8:21pm

Bannon is not the only one.

posted by: Noteworthy on November 15, 2016  8:23pm

The federation is certainly welcome to express its opinions even if those opinions are based on intentionally flawed information. The federation would be well advised to hold its fire for real fights, not fake ones like this or it will run the risk of Chicken Little when it matters most.

posted by: wendy1 on November 15, 2016  8:43pm

The idea of Trump as president is scary.  I’ve read all about his pal, Putin.

Right now, I have the impression that anti-Semitism is on the rise globally.  I do know some wealthy fellow Jews did vote for this guy.  I voted for Hillary.

posted by: Marion on November 16, 2016  8:54am

This strikes me as a partisan hit from an organization in Deep Blue CT, one that is undoubtedly dominated by democrats and Hillary supporters. The statement does not work when one considers that Ben Shapiro was a long-time editor at Breitbart (he recently left Breitbart but not for reasons related to these hysterical charges against Bannon and Breitbart). Shapiro is not only a devout and observant Jew and passionate defender of Israel, but a well-known and highly principled and respected conservative would not have worked for Bannon and for so long had Breitbart “promoted” anti-Semitism and racism.  Unless the JCRC is now going to start smearing Shapiro along with Bannon.  Were there some posts from Breitbart readers that contained anti-Semitic and racist comments?  Of course.  But that stuff appears even in the New Haven Register and countless other news sites.  It does not mean the NHR and others “promote” the stuff. And JCRC knows that.

posted by: Marion on November 16, 2016  1:41pm

PS:  I’ll add this.  Breitbart News’ Senior Editor-in-Chief no less is Joel Pollack, who has now posted a powerful rebuttal to this charge against Bannon.  Pollack is not only Jewish, but born into an Orthodox Jewish family.  And Breitbart’s celebrity tech editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, is also Jewish by his maternal line (although not raised in the faith). Both men mock the idea that Brannon is anti-Semitic or that Breitbart News promotes anti-Semitism. Neither would work for Breitbart News if it did. What would JCRC say about these two top Breitbart guys??

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on November 16, 2016  9:03pm

@glennbeck: Steve Bannon, Breitbart News have empowered the alt-right and must be stopped.

posted by: Brutus2011 on November 17, 2016  8:26pm

I have looked throughout Bannon’s Breitbart site and it is clearly supports white nationalism.

Ann Coulter is a regular contributor to Breitbart and she wrote a column entitled:

Here is a quote from the article:

“In the modern Democratic Party, out-of-work coal miners are constantly denounced for their “privilege” by half-black girls at Yale — who wouldn’t have gotten in without the black half — and who will be paid a quarter-million dollars as the “diversity coordinator” at some Fortune 500 corporation.”

I am referencing “half-black girls at Yale—who wouldn’t have gotten in without the black half . . .” part of the quote.

As I am “half-black,” this jumped out at me.

And, the insinuation that these women of color are only at Yale thanks to affirmative action is telling of an attitude that maybe we colored folks are really not as smart as others.

At least, that is my take. I leave you to your own conclusions.