American rabbis cancel annual high holiday call with Trump due to his Charlottesville response

Rabbis from four major organizations are refusing to hold the annual presidential high holiday conference call with US President Donald Trump due to his response to the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month. In contrast to Trump’s argument that both sides were to blame for the violence, the Jewish group says that only one side was at fault: “the Nazis, alt-right and white supremacists.”
Trump: "Both sides" responsible Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A group of rabbis from four major Jewish organizations decided that it will not hold its annual high holiday conference call with the president, which began under the Obama administration, due to US President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, in which he claimed that both sides were responsible for the violence.

“We have concluded that President Trump’s statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville are so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred that we cannot organize such a call this year,” the group wrote in a statement. “The President’s words have given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia. Responsibility for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, including the death of Heather Heyer, does not lie with many sides but with one side: the Nazis, alt-right and white supremacists who brought their hate to a peaceful community. They must be roundly condemned at all levels.”

The Jewish organizations including the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism hold the conference call every year with the incumbent president in order to discuss the Jewish high holidays.

“We pray that President Trump will recognize and remedy the grave error he has made in abetting the voices of hatred,” the rabbis added.

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