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Nathan Guttman | Mar 2, 2017 (Updated Mar 5, 2017)
Abraham Foxman has been delivering a surprising message to Jewish leaders in recent weeks: Stay calm and lay off President Trump.
“I’m telling them: ‘Cool it, cool it,’” he said, “But it’s very tough. People are very emotional.”
The former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who had spent a lifetime calling out any expression of anti-Semitism, big or small, spoke to the Forward amid a wave threats to dozens of Jewish community centers and vandalism incidents targeting Jewish cemeteries.
“Serious but not critical” is how Foxman views this wave of hate crimes. That’s why he is sounding a contrarian voice to the Jewish leadership and urging it to ease off on President Trump.
Foxman spoke before the arrest of a St. Louis man for allegedly making several of the JCC threats.
He said he was satisfied that Trump condemned anti-Jewish attacks during his address to Congress Tuesday, after seemingly avoiding taking a firm stance.