Above: Rabbi Marvin Hier surrounded by instances of anti-Semitism by the Trump campaign and its supporters.
Over 35,000 Mormons have signed a petition against the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from performing at the inauguration of President-elect Trump.
Now the Jewish community is stepping up to object to Rabbi Marvin Heir, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance, in a petition just started this morning. Started by Mya Stark of Los Angeles, she writes,
I am shocked and dismayed to see no such protest from Jews over Rabbi Marvin Hier’s agreement to deliver a “prayer” at the Inauguration. Hier is the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named for the heroic Nazi-hunter, and the Museum of Tolerance — normalizing Trump with his participation will turn these organizations into a mockery and be a shame on the Jewish name forever.
Apparently, Hier thinks it is acceptable to legitimize and collaborate with a political figure who the KKK is literally marching in the streets to celebrate.
Supporters are invited to sign the petition and contact the Simon Wiesenthal Center directly at [email protected] or (310) 553-9036 and urge them to rescind Marvin Hier’s attendance. In the absence of clear condemnations of anti-Semitism from Trump or his administration, will the head of the Museum of Tolerance will stand proudly for intolerance?
The Museum of Tolerance has been the focus of ongoing controversy during Trump’s election, since its board and donors have featured high-profile Trump supporters, such as his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Republican Jewish Coalition board member Larry Mizel.
Last march, a former employee of the Museum of Tolerance, Scott Goldstein, excoriated the institution for its “unconscionable and deplorable” silence. Listing incidents of incitement that the Simon Wiesenthal Center ignored, Goldstein implored,
In the face of Trumps eight months of racism, misogyny, neo-fascism, calls for violence et.al. What exactly has the SWC done? Virtually nothing. […] There is no doubt that if Jews or Israelis were the target of Trump’s hate speech, the Wiesenthal leadership would be the first to publicly decry his venom. Are Mexicans, Muslims or women worth less than Jews?
Although since Trump’s election, it is now clear that Jewish institutions like the Jewish Federations of North America are even unwilling to condemn anti-Semitism from entering the White House.
Act now to express your dismay of those Jewish institutions who would buddy up to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and their hateful rhetoric.