During President Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration two week ago, Rabbi Marvin Hier, a close friend of Trump’s son-inlaw, Jared Kushner was given the stage to say a few words and in turn was met with hundreds of anti-Semitic comments on social media.
During the rabbi’s speech, he blessed the new president with the following words: “Eternal God, bless President Donald J. Trump and America, our great nation…[and] all of our allies around the world who share our beliefs,” and concluded the prayer by making a reference to Jerusalem.
While some Jewish outlets criticized Heir for speaking at the inauguration, citing the increase in anti-Semitic behavior during Trump’s campiagn and support from Neo-Nazi parties, others interpreted the message as an olive branch from the new administration to the Jewish community.
Immediately after Heir’s speech, hundreds of anti-Semitic comments were made on multiple social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Some called to “light the Jew on fire,” or made references to Hitler and witchcraft, others called Jews “the enemies of America,” or crudely accused accused them of perpetrating 9/11.
Hier is the first rabbi to speak at a presidential inauguration since Reagan’s inauguration in 1985.
Source: The Times of Israel; Mako
By: Yafit Ovadia