Bend the Arc claims to be “a movement of progressive Jews across the country who are fighting for justice and equality for all.” Of course, progressive equates to liberal. And ironically, among those liberal Jews are some of Israel’s harshest critics. You could call them Israel-hating Jews. They loved Obama’s hatred of Netanyahu and they hate Trump for his friendship with Israel.
When President Trump announced he planned to visit the Tree of Life synagogue, the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc sent him an open letter denouncing his words and policies and telling him he is not welcome in Pittsburgh. The letter all but accused Trump of being directly responsible for the synagogue massacre.
Here is that Bend the Arc letter:
Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community while we recommit ourselves to repairing our nation.
For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism.
Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.
The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.
The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.
This means all of us.
In our neighbors, Americans, and people worldwide who have reached out to give our community strength, there we find the image of God. While we cannot speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say:
President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.
Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh Steering Committee
This organization has no shame! It has shamed me, a Jew. It has shamed all of America’s Jews, both the liberal and the conservative Jews. It has used the synagogue massacre as a means to further its left-wing political agenda. Bend the Arc makes me want to puke.
What the jerks at Bend the Arc don’t seem to realize is that all their shameful letter does is fuel more anti-Semitism.
At least Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who was leading prayers in the main sanctuary of the Tree of Life synagogue when the gunman burst in, had the decency to welcome a visit by the President.