ADL: Jared Kushner target of ‘explosive’ online anti-Semitic attacks

 

(JNS.org) Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law and adviser of President Donald Trump, has recently become the target of an “explosive” online campaign of anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in a report Monday.

Jared Kushner (right) speaks with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Baghdad, Iraq, April 3, 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

According to the ADL, the campaign of anti-Semitism “has been driven by white supremacists and anti-Semites and has all the hallmarks of classic Jewish conspiracy theories,” including “accusations that Jews in the Trump administration are trying to start a war to advance the interests of Israel.”

The social media campaign, which began April 5, features Twitter hashtags such as #kushneratwar, #kushnerswar and #firekushner.

"#FireKushner, No one voted for Kushner. Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power,” tweeted Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who heads the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.

The growing online attacks against Kushner come after the recent U.S. bombing of Syria in response to the Bashar al-Assad regime's chemical weapons attack, as well as reports of tensions between Kushner and White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, who was removed from the National Security Council last week.

“The response to Kushner and the Trump administration from white supremacists comes at a time where some have expressed disappointment at Trump, who they previously viewed as a champion of their cause,” the ADL said in its report.

The report also noted that Kushner has been targeted by anti-Semites outside of Twitter, primarily on neo-Nazi websites such as The Daily Stormer and Infostomer.

Erik Striker, a writer for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi alt-right website, referred to Kushner as “President Kushner” and said his “vital interest as a Chabad Lubavitcher (a Jewish hasidic sect) in foreign policy is to advance Israel at the expense of America,” according to the ADL.

Posted on April 12, 2017 .