Several Jewish leaders plan to boycott Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s speech at a pro-Israel conference on March 21, accusing him of promoting hatred.
Jewish Rabbis David Paskin and Jesse Olitzky are organizing a protest called Come Together Against Hate to challenge Trump’s candidacy, reports CNN.
“This is not about policies, this is not about parties, this is about one particular person, Donald Trump, who has encouraged and incited violence at his campaign rallies," said Paskin. "We are against the hatred, the incitement of hatred, the ugliness that has engulfed this political season."
Jewish leaders organizing the protest emphasized that they are not boycotting the pro-Israel event, and are only opposed to Trump. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a lobbying group aiming to bolster U.S.-Israel relations, is hosting the rally.
An AIPAC spokesperson said the organization has a “longstanding policy” of inviting all presidential candidates to its events.
This is not the first time that Jewish groups have protested Trump’s presidential candidacy. The Union for Reform Judaism issued a statement on March 14 condemning Trump, reports The Union for Reform Judaism.
“At every turn, Mr. Trump has chosen to take the low road, sowing seeds of hatred and division in our body politic," the statement said. "Mr. Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric reminds us that our own ancestors’ access to American shores of freedom and promise were once blocked, with deadly consequences."
"When he speaks hatefully of Mexicans or Muslims, for example, we recall a time when anti-Semitism put Jews at deathly danger, even in the United States," the statement continued.
The American Jewish Committee also came out against alleged encouragement of presidential campaign violence.
We do not draw analogies to the rise of communism and fascism lightly, but both of those tyrannical movements rose to power replacing democratically elected governments, by virtue of threats of, or actual, violence against their opponents," the AJC said.
More than 300 Jewish Rabbis, leaders and professionals reportedly plan to voice their opposition to Trump at the AIPAC event.