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By Matthew Rozsa 

In the aftermath of a series of alleged anti-Semitic incidents in New York City, the Jewish Democratic Council of America  (JDCA) shared a statement with Salon saying that President Donald Trump is “not absolved of responsibility” for his role “in legitimizing and normalizing the rise of hatred that has afflicted our community in recent years.”

“President Trump is not solely to blame for the rise of anti-Semitic violence – and we do not yet know the political beliefs or motivations of the perpetrators of recent attacks – but the president is not absolved of responsibility for emboldening hateful ideologies and extremists in our country,” JDCA Executive Director Halie Soifer said in a statement on Sunday. “Hatred does not emerge in a vacuum, and President Trump’s rhetoric and policies have unquestionably played a role in legitimizing and normalizing the rise of hatred that has afflicted our community in recent years. Symbolic gestures on Israel have done nothing to make American Jews more secure.”