(California, 8/20/2019) Progressive Zionists of California unequivocally condemns the president’s use of “dual loyalties” trope. 8 out of 10 American Jews voted for Democrats in the past elections. Trump believes that if you’re not with him, you’re against him, no matter how ugly the repercussions of that are. Most Jews are Democrats, Zionists, and vote their values. It’s clear the president values the support of white supremacists over the safety of our community, so why should we reward him with our votes?
Since President Harry Truman became the first head of state to recognize the state of Israel in 1948, the Democratic Party has consistently supported the Jewish State. Trump has forcefully pushed fringe anti-Israel discourse into the mainstream in order to defend himself from those who point out that his words and actions have directly led to an increase in antisemitic incidents, including the deadliest attack on American Jews in history, the Pittsburgh. Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.
The minority of Jewish Republicans is shrinking because Trump’s racist rhetoric inflames antisemitic hostilities in the United States, endangering our community. While Jews have voted with the Democratic Party since the New Deal, more and more Jews are engaged in fighting for the progressive politics that counteract Trumpian hate. We call on the Jewish community and all Democrats to join us in condemning this irresponsible and potentially lethal rhetoric.
PZC is a grassroots coalition of Democrats that supports the self-determination of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland, addresses antisemitism wherever it arises, supports progressive policies in the California Democratic Party, and stands against the undemocratic policies of right-wing Israeli leadership.