Press Release

JDCA Condemns Trump Administration’s Indifference to Domestic Terrorism

April 3, 2019


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) strongly condemned the Trump administration’s decision to close the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which focused on domestic terrorism.

JDCA Executive Director Halie Soifer said the following:

“At a time when anti-Semitic and other hate crimes targeting minority communities are on the rise, the Trump administration closed the Department of Homeland Security office that specifically dealt with domestic terrorism, demonstrating its indifference to the rising threat of violence facing the Jewish community. We strongly condemn President Trump’s refusal to confront the threat of violent hate crimes and white supremacy, which is a form of domestic terrorism, and implore him to reverse this reckless decision.

“In light of the president’s unwillingness to take action, a task force has been created by Jewish organizations to monitor violence targeting religious communities. There is no substitute for a concerted role of the federal government, which – under President Trump – has abdicated its responsibility to protect Americans. The president must immediately take action to reverse the growing danger posed by domestic terrorism, starting with the reopening of this important office.”