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President Trump Restores the Original Intent of the First Amendment

January 16, 2020 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero made the following statement today:

“Today President Trump truly made Religious Freedom Day a day of celebration for those communities and individuals who live a religious life.  In a long-needed and bold gesture, the President leveled the playing field so that people of faith are no longer treated as second-class citizens by our public institutions.

“There can be no doubt that the eight years of the previous administration instituted orders and promoted an attitude that purposely made people of faith uncomfortable in our public institutions, including schools, and promoted a sense that religious people were outside the mainstream and harmful to general society.  It was a low point in our nation’s history.

“There are many concrete demonstrations in today’s guidelines and announcements by President Trump that will, thank God, dramatically change the atmosphere and resurrect the religious freedom upon which this country was founded.  The biblical life and the values and manners that derive therefrom are and have been the most vital feature in shaping the unique American society and opportunities from which we continually receive blessing.

“More than any president in my lifetime, President Trump has fulfilled his campaign pledges and done so with clarity, full heart, and in a manner filled with conviction and designed for effectiveness.“

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Newsmax Interview of Rabbi Spero: A Bold Response to Recent Attacks on Jews

 
 See Rabbi Spero’s interview on Newsmax TV this week wherein he makes the point that the attacks against Jews in the New York area are now coming predominantly from perpetrators in the African-American and Muslim communities: Rabbi Spero challenges the leaders of these communities to acknowledge this reality and root out this problem within their communities.
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Rabbi Spero on Foxnews Regarding Recent Anti-Jewish Attacks

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Time for African-American, Latino, and Muslim Communities to Root Out the Jew-Hatred That is Spurring Attacks on Jews in the New York Metropolitan Area

December 29, 2019 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero released the following statement today:

 

“Virtually every recent stabbing and attack on Jews in New York City and the metropolitan area has been perpetrated by a black, Hispanic or sympathizers with jihad. It is time for leaders of those communities to admit to anti-Semitism within their midst and STOP it. Time for truth telling. Perpetrators must be punished.

“New York’s extremely liberal politicians speak about anti-Semitism, but are not using anywhere near the force of law to bring these perpetrators to justice. In fact, we’re hearing that last week’s attackers against Jews, who were black or Hispanic, have already been released and are back on the streets.

“Much of the hatred against Jewish people is being fueled by jihadist talk, and yet, because of political correctness, authorities are not doing the pre-reconnaissance that common sense dictates.

“We have heard the evasive platitudes about ‘extremism’, ‘intolerance’, ‘hate’, but what we are witnessing in these attacks is raw anti-Semitism, specifically against Jews. Call it what it is! New York’s liberal politicians want us to believe that this is coming from a climate of ‘extremism’ and ‘white supremacists’, whereas in the metro area it is a Jew-hatred being fomented within the minority communities.

“The major Jewish organizations have failed the Jewish community by not calling out or pressuring the minority communities responsible for these attacks. They are wedded to liberalism’s clichés and goals and, even now, routinely choose their partnerships with minority communities over the safety of Jewish individuals.

“Unfortunately, the Democrat Party knows that the Jewish community will remain an enthusiastic constituency even though the Party is silent while anti-Semitism grows within its midst, as seen with Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and other outspoken members of their caucuses. The Jewish Community is relinquishing its leverage in service to its undying infatuation with liberalism and the Democrat Party.

“Many of the policies of the mainstream liberal Jewish organizations are militating against solving this crisis:

  • they have been backers of open borders;
  • they have been against necessary vetting of those coming from Muslim countries;
  • they are against what they call ‘profiling’;
  • they are for ‘bail reform’ leading to immediate release of suspects; and
  • they are the first to call ‘racist’ anyone who asks the minority communities to begin fighting the anti-Semitism in their midst.

“Friends: the time for feel-good ‘dialogue’ is over. Jewish organizations must get past worrying more about the sensitivities of other minorities and their leaders over the lives and safety of the Jewish people.

“People ask: why is there not an outcry over the daily violence against Jews as there would be if the targets were black, Muslim, or LGTB? The answer is that the high-profile mainstream liberal Jewish organizations that often spearhead public outcries when minorities are attacked are far less angered when similar attacks happen against Jews if the perpetrators are from minority groups. If these attackers in the NYC metro area had been white or Christian, the establishment liberal Jewish organizations and political leaders definitely would be howling and using the opportunity to condemn America and its way of life.

“Conference of Jewish Affairs has reached out to other leaders and is calling for a Summit of Jewish Leaders to address these issues. More details to follow.”

 

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Our gratitude to President Trump for Issuing Executive Order That Will Help Protect Jewish Students on America’s Campuses

 

Rabbi Spero was invited to the White House on the day of President Trump’s signing of the Executive Order.

We were honored to be present at the White House on the day President Trump signed his Executive Order protecting Jewish students from the harassment, bullying, and intimidation on American campuses coming primarily from Islamic student associations and leftwing professors and groups.

Our gratitude goes out to President Trump, who has been, without doubt, the greatest friend Israel and the Jewish people have ever had among our presidents and among world leaders. Those whose partisanship — and whose hatred of our President — have blinded them should no longer be viewed as worthwhile or serious participants in our national conversation. Their toxicity should be contained to themselves.  Let the nation be spared.

Rabbi Spero with Mark Levin at the White House Chanukah Reception.

Rabbi Spero in front of a White House portrait of Ben Franklin.

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Rabbi Spero’s Statement about Pensacola Terrorist Attack

Rabbi Spero released the following statement today:
PENSACOLA PROVES THAT IT IS HIGH TIME WE CHOOSE AMERICAN LIVES OVER POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND FOOLISH “SENSITIVITY”
Today’s murderous rampage against our soldiers at Naval Air Station Pensacola was perpetrated by a foreign national from one of the Islamic countries in the Middle East. Unfortunately, this is not a surprise; for this has happened repeatedly now on numerous military bases here: Fort Hood; Little Rock, Arkansas; Tennessee; and recruitment centers; and let’s not forget 9/11 itself. The killings come from the same source and ideology.
Certain law enforcement officials, so as not to frighten the public or because they wish to be politically correct, are too often “searching” for the motive behind the terrorism. They may pretend not to know, but the American people and all reasonable and sane people in the West know that it is due an ideology, and ideology against the West, against Christianity, against Israel, and against America…against the infidel.
President Trump was correct in the beginning months of his Administration to place a halt on immigration from those countries that teach, whose religion teaches, a hate and a call to jihad. He sees his job, rightly so, as protecting the American people. We call that concept “America first.” It is basic and common sense…and moral.
There are many liberals who seem to prioritize the sensitivity of the community spawning all this murder as more important than the lives of the American individuals killed in these rampages. Perhaps their children and family are not members of the military bases across the country, nor do they frequently visit.
The issue can no longer be about sensitivity, rather our lives. America does not need to prove that it is not “racist” nor does it need to prove that it is not “Islamophobic.” Liberals are obsessed by proving our innocence and do so by choosing political correctness over the lives of the American people and national security. They are unduly influencing the decisions in this country, doing so for their virtue signaling as opposed to the protection of the American people.
It is high time that we begin framing these issues under the more important category of saving lives. We should tell liberals to find a good psychologist to work on their guilt, virtue signaling, and disdain for the American way of life. We, as Americans, should decide based on common sense. That is the real issue.
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CJA Statement: President Trump is the Religious Freedom President

 

September 23, 2019 – Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman, released the following statement today:

Today President Trump earned the distinction of being the Religious Freedom President. In front of the United Nations, he spoke in soaring rhetoric that was profound, bold, and forthright. He proclaimed the foundational American principle that our religious freedom is a right from God Himself.

It was obvious that the President’s remarks were not simply perfunctory, rather deeply felt and deeply important to him personally. We were grateful for him once again spotlighting the scourge of anti-Semitism, something that he has chosen to speak about more than any other president.

His humanity shone forth as he spoke about the many prisoners of conscience and those oppressed by terrorists as well as Christians persecuted around the world simply for believing in their heart. And, he was generous to those who have been victims of religious persecution and to those who are working to rescue people of faith from the clutches of terrorism.

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CJA Statement: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Takes the Appropriate Measure

September 23, 2019 – Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero released the following statement today:

The Conference of Jewish Affairs applauds Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and her department for questioning the use of federal funds at certain colleges that promote programs with “severe anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric”. One such incident happened recently at a joint Duke/University North Carolina event where a symposium on Gaza was laced with one-sided anti-Israel propaganda and followed by a rapper who performed a brazenly anti-Semitic song.

Under a federal grant from the National Resource Center, the Dept. of Education provides grants for language instruction. Secretary DeVos and her department have questioned “the lack of balance of perspective” in some of the programs using these federal funds. For example: programs developed by professors that focus a disproportionate amount of time and adoration on things Islamic with virtually no positive mention of things Jewish or Christian.

Professor Henry Reichman accused the Department of Education of interfering with academic matters, though he and his colleagues were extremely supportive of the micro-managing and agenda-pushing by the Obama administration while it was in charge of overseeing the use of federal funds, which resulted in much of the current pro-Islamic tilt and anti-Israel rhetoric that needs to be redressed.

Secretary DeVos’s inquiry as to what transpired at Duke joins a broader Department effort to root out anti-Semitism at U.S. universities as well as the chilling effect and bullying of Jewish students on campus due to the BDS movement. This form of harassment was overlooked during the Obama years despite calls by Jewish student groups looking to the federal government for rescue. In fact, Mrs. DeVos has looked into an incident at Rutgers Univ. in New Jersey where Jewish students were allegedly charged a higher fee for admission than other students for an activity on campus.

Conference of Jewish Affairs is delighted with Secretary DeVos’s fair and fresh approach to investigating matters where federal funds are involved and knows that she does so out of conviction and with the blessings of President Trump.

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Rabbi Spero to address Rally Against Anti-Semitism, Sunday 9/22, 12 noon, City Hall Park, New York City

 

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Holocaust Memorial Center Rally, August 20, 2019: Excerpts from Speeches by Rabbi Spero and Holocaust Families

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CNS News — Rabbi Spero: Israel Is Right to Bar Omar and Tlaib, Choose Self-Defense Over Fear of Criticism

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By Rabbi Aryeh Spero | August 21, 2019 |

Conference of Jewish Affairs agrees with the Israeli decision not to allow Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, vocal proponents of BDS, to enter Israel pretending they have no dangerous political mission, when in fact they do.  The Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has evolved into a call for the dismantling of the Jewish stateand actively engages in the bullying and ostracism of Jewish students on American campuses.

It seems that both congresswomen curiously did not go with their fellow colleagues to visit Israel since they apparently did not want to abide by the courtesies and limitations and offer the respect required of a congressional delegation.  Reportedly, the two congresswomen were planning to visit the Al Aqsa mosque at the Temple Mount, which has too often been a volatile staging area used to inflame Muslim crowds and spark riots leading to injuries and even deaths. Israel could not risk that possibility, nor should it risk being blamed for fatal clashes.

Tlaib’s request to visit “Palestine”was already an indication she does not acknowledge the statehood of Israel, the very government to which travel requests were made. Israel has no obligation to grant courtesies to these outsiders who wish to undermine the very existence of the state of Israel.

Countries throughout the world do not allow into their territory outsiders they feel pose a grave danger to their country.  The Washington Post said that the trip was organized by an organization called MIFTAH.  In the past, MIFTAH allegedly accused Jewish people of using non-Jewish blood in the baking of Passover matzohs.   There is nothing more anti-Semitic than this blood libel, which over the centuries has caused the murder of tens of thousands of Jews. In addition, both Omar and Tlaib have publicly engaged in an unconscionable identification of Israel with Nazism, which most officials understand to be a de-legitimization of the state of Israel and a subtle way of calling for its removal as a sovereign state.

Israel’s well known humanitarian impulse permitted Tlaib to enter so as to visit a family member as long as she did not engage in any forms of anti-Israel political provocation.  Nonetheless, Tlaib refused the invitation.  As Israel’s Interior Minister and Minister of Development of the Periphercy, the Negev and the Galilee Aryeh Deri, who offered the invitation, observed: evidently “[Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s] hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”  Many have commented that her refusal to not visit her grandmother reveals that the primary goal of her visit was always to besmirch Israel in the eyes of the world and to provoke the Muslim population.

Suggestions that Tlaib and Omar were barred because they are Muslim is absolutely phony inasmuch as Tlaib was indeed invited, and that Israel provides full citizenship and benefits to over a million Muslim inhabitants within the state itself.

The Prime Minister of Israel felt that their trip jeopardized the safety of Israeli citizens and would be used to propagandize for an eventual overturn of the Jewish state.  As with all western countries, including the United States, England, Germany, France, and Scandinavian countries, entry by outsiders is forbidden if deemed detrimental to that country and if the persons are themselves exceedingly offensive to civilized norms.  Both women have compared Israel and her Jewish supporters to Nazis, something incomparably odious and beyond acceptance by civilized people. A country’s obligation is first to its safety and not to the propaganda efforts of those hoping and planning turmoil and destruction.  Israel must first choose self-defense over fear of criticism, especially criticism by those officials and members of the media all too eager and ready to pounce on Israel at any moment.

Both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have chosen to protect the Democrat Party by not acknowledging Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Semitism and their association with those calling for Israel’s disappearance.  Acknowledgement of this reality would require them to censure the two and place limitations on their congressional assignments. Instead their statements are tantamount to blaming Trump and Israel, as if the two women are innocent swans treated unfairly by Israel. Tlaib and Omar are not human rights heroes, rather operatives intent on destroying a legitimate state and its people.

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is president of Caucus for America, author of “Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit,” and spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs.

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CONFERENCE OF JEWISH AFFAIRS STATEMENT: ISRAEL CHOOSES SELF-DEFENSE OVER FEAR OF CRITICISM

Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero has released the following statement: “Conference of Jewish Affairs agrees with the Israeli decision not to allow Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, vocal agitators for BDS, to enter Israel pretending they have no dangerous political mission, when in fact they do.

“Both congresswomen curiously and intentionally did not go with their fellow colleagues to visit Israel this week since they did not want to abide by the courtesies and limitations and offer the respect required of a congressional delegation.  It became apparent to the Israeli government that both individuals were laying nefarious plans to agitate, propagandize, and harm Israel in the eyes of the world.

“Tlaib’s request to visit ‘Palestine’ was already an indication she does not acknowledge the statehood of Israel, the very government to which travel requests were made.  Neither of the women are Israeli citizens, and thus Israel has no obligation to grant courtesies to these outsiders who wish to undermine the very existence of the State of Israel.”

Rabbi Spero continued, “Countries throughout the world do not allow into their territory outsiders they feel pose a grave danger to their country.  The association of these two women with MIFTAH, a Hamas-linked group calling for the destruction of the State of Israel, was a warning signal to the Israeli government, as was the unconscionable identification of Israel with Nazism alluded to by both women.

“Israel’s well known humanitarian impulse would permit Tlaib to enter if visiting family members if she had so requested; however, what Tlaib and Omar were planning was a mass choreographed and videotaped script to besmirch Israel in the eyes of the world and to incite the Muslim population to violence. A country’s obligation is first to its safety and not to the propaganda efforts of those hoping and planning for its destruction.

“Tlaib and Omar are not human rights heroes, rather operatives intent on destroying a legitimate state and its people.”

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Praise for Secretary Pompeo’s Remarkable Ongoing Fight Against Anti-Semitism

August 11, 2019 — Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero today praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for expanding the definition of anti-Semitism to include declarations by malicious propagandists, such as Ilhan Omar, who draw “comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of Nazis.”
 
Rabbi Spero stated: “Under the Nazis, the Jewish population of Germany and Poland was reduced and exterminated.   While under Israeli statehood and leadership the Arab/Muslim population within Israel and its territories has grown. Within Israel, the Arab/Muslim population has achieved ever-growing entrance to professions, colleges, and good jobs.  In contrast, under the Nazis Jews were forbidden to be in trades, professions or attend universities.  Jews were expelled from the lands of Europe while Arabs are free to remain within the territory of Israel.  The intent of the Nazis was to exterminate an entire race, Jews; Israel has never desired to do or done such things to its Arab population.  On the contrary, we often hear imams and others in the Arab/Muslim world speak of exterminating the Jewish race, as was the goal of Hitler’s Nazis.
 
“The use of this calumny, Nazism, is a deliberate attempt to delegitimize the existence of the Jewish state and is thus anti-Semitic,” Rabbi Spero continued. “The use of the Nazi label against Jews is done precisely because the attackers want to stain Jewishness with the very symbol unique to Jewish destruction. It is not simply a false description but a dastardly targeting when used specifically against Jews. 
 
“President Trump and Secretary Pompeo deserve special accolades for fighting anti-Semitism to a higher and more comprehensive degree than any other previous administration, and doing so consistently and constantly.  The Jewish People have unequaled friends in the Trump Administration.”

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Anti-Semitism in the U.K.: Aberdeen councillors adopt international guidelines

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48743753

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