On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that defines Judaism as a nationality, and not just a religion. In September of 1935, at a rally in Nuremberg, the Nazi Party announced new laws which codified many of the racial theories prevalent in Nazi ideology. The laws did not define a Jew as someone who practices Judaism, but rather as someone with three or four Jewish grandparents.
The executive order’s stated purpose is to trigger the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 which would allow the government to hold back federal funding for universities that do not fight anti-Semitism on campuses. This action comes just days after Trump’s address to an Israeli American organization in Florida where he was called out for the abject use of anti-Semitic tropes. It is impossible to not draw similarities with history in light of the exponential increase in anti-Semitic violence since Trump took office. The apparent latest of these attacks seems to be the shooting in Jersey City yesterday, where the shooting went on for hours, resulting in three distinct crime scenes.
This morning, it is reported that the store that the gunman entered was a Jewish grocery store that was the intended target. As of this morning, six people are dead. Are we to believe that the executive order is truly targeted to stop anti-Semitism on college campuses or are we to question why Trump does not target the white nationalist groups who are holding the guns? Is there some other reason to identify Jews as a nationality?
The Nuremburg laws included a prohibition on marriage or sexual relations between people who could produce “racially suspect offspring”. What’s next? A yellow star on clothing or an identifying mark on a driver’s license or passport? Donald Trump may be courting the Jewish vote in the much-needed Florida, but the historic implications are terrifying in a nation where the president is operating the equivalent of concentration camps on its southern border.
Virginia is a university & law school graduate, mom, entrepreneur and angry Democrat, hoping for change.