American Jews Condemn Alt-Right

Antisemitic Rally in Charlottesville


American Jewish leaders and groups weighed in to condemn the Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where violence has already claimed one life.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the mayor of Charlottesville, Michael Signer, who is Jewish, charged President Donald Trump with responsibility for the violence, saying, “I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.” 

The ADL weighed in as well, condemning the march and calling it "the largest and most violent gathering of white supremacists in decades." 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center did the same and noted, "Americans have the right to debate civilly the removal of a statue, the status of a flag or [the] renaming of a park, without turning to violence and worse ... extremists, left or right, have no place  in the mainstream of our nation."

The University of Virginia Hillel thanked those who have protested the event and expressed opposition to antisemitism, writing on Facebook,

While it would be easy to be consumed by despair, we are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from so many around the country, most of whom we have never met.

The Alt-Righters had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. They chanted slogans like "Jew will not replace us!"

During clashes between the Alt-Righters and counterprotesters, a car drove into a group of protesters, killing one.

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