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Jewish Orgs Claim ‘Trump Endangers Jews,’ Despite Synagogue Shooters Hating His Jewish Ties

On Wednesday, activists from two left-wing Jewish organizations, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and IfNotNow, interrupted a speech by President Trump in Pittsburgh to blame him for the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue.

In a video posted by IfNotNow, a group primarily known for its boycott of Birthright trips, activists can be heard screaming, “Trump endangers Jews!” According to IfNotNow’s Facebook post, the activists disrupted Trump’s speech “one year after he incited the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.”

Tree of Life synagogue shooter Robert Bowers actually hated Trump because of his Jewish family and his perceived fondness for Jews. By blaming Trump for the attack on Jews, left-wing Jewish activists are actually—if one uses their logic—blaming the victim.

Social media posts by Bowers reveal that he despised Trump. His social media posts include deeply offensive slurs in reference to Jews, comments about how he has never voted for Trump nor owned “a maga hat,” and posts depicting Trump as being supposedly controlled by Jews:

These social media posts have been referenced by mainstream news outlets, although they have not prevented Jewish activists (and even Linda Sarsour) from blaming Trump for the shooting in their social media commentary.

The posts about Bend the Arc and IfNotNow protesters interrupting Trump to exclaim that he somehow endangers Jews come just days after the White House erected its first sukkah, a temporary dwelling while celebrating the holiday of Sukkot, and after Trump’s daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren celebrated the Jewish holidays.

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action links to a statement that also blames Trump for the Poway synagogue shooting. Poway synagogue shooter John Timothy Earnest similarly hated Trump for his support for Jews, reportedly calling him a “Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorous cocksucker[.]” Bend the Arc: Jewish Action also has a petition circulating blaming “Trump and his enablers” for inciting Pittsburgh.

It is, unfortunately, no surprise that left-wing Jewish activists are capitalizing on Pittsburgh to bash Trump. Even CBS News’ reporting on the matter included the caveat as an editor’s note that although Bowers did not support Trump, he supported Trump’s views. It is clear that the left-wing Jewish activists are willing to distort what actually happened in Pittsburgh and Poway, and the true motivations of the shooters, in order to support their narrative.

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action is a 501(c)(4) with a total revenue, according to its most recent tax filing, of more than $1,868,000. Bend the Arc: Jewish Action’s tax filing claims that, along with its Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, the groups work to “harness the collective energy, passion and talent of Progressive American Jews to change policy and elect leaders in service of a more just and equal nation.” Bend the Arc: Jewish Action asserts that it is the “the only national Jewish organization that is focused solely on promoting these values here in the U.S.” The group’s founding board chair happens to be Alexander Soros, the son of left-wing philanthropist George Soros.

IfNotNow, meanwhile, has a donate page that mentions donations to both the IfNotNow Movement, a 501(c)(4) and the 501(c)(3), IfNotNow Education Fund. The 501(c)(3)’s mission, according to its summary, is explicitly about Israel. IfNotNow’s Education Fund claims it “conducts educational campaigns within the American Jewish community to support the movement to end American Jewish communal support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and support freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.” The Education Fund’s total revenue in its recent tax filing was less than half a million dollars, at $497,453.