Over 10,000 Jews sign registry condemning Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric: ‘Never again’

Over 10,000 American Jews have signed a “registry” to protest the recent comments made by the Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.

The increase of anti-Muslim rhetoric from Trump and the right has become more alarming and dangerous by the day, with the former reality TV star recently calling for “registering” and tracking — to the outright ban of all Muslims entering the U.S.

In response, the website vsGoliath.org called on its viewers to sign a petition condemning discrimination and hate speech against the Muslims.

“The idea that any group of American citizens should be singled out, profiled and discriminated against isn’t only profoundly un-American. It’s against everything that we stand for as American Jews.

That’s why we’re creating our own ‘registry’ to fight back. We need thousands of American Jews to be courageous and stand up against Trump’s terrifying plan. By acting quickly and acting together we can get the attention of national media and force Trump to be held responsible.

When we say ‘never again’ we mean it.”

The website also issued a letter asking Trump to retract and apologize for his statements immediately.

“Dear Donald Trump,

When we say ‘never again’ it’s not just about Jews, it’s about everyone.

As an American Jew, I’m adding my name to our own ‘registry’ in solidarity with my Muslim neighbors.

There’s no place for your rhetoric in American politics in the 21st century. Retract your statements and apologize immediately.”

When they reached 8,000 signatures, the letter/”registry” was delivered to the Trump campaign. The website said they will deliver it once again when it reaches 20,000 and as of Thursday evening, 10,426 people had added their names.

They are asking for people of any faith or creed to sigh in solidarity to an interfaith letter linked to the site. That letter also currently has over 13,000 signatures as well.

The Anti-Defamation League, one of the largest and most well-respected Jewish organizations in the country, has been vocal in denouncing Trump’s hate speech that has perforated into the day-to-day Republican rhetoric.

“In the Jewish community, we know all too well what can happen when a particular religious group is singled out for stereotyping and scapegoating,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO said in a statement. “We also know that this country must not give into fear by turning its back on its fundamental values, even at a time of great crisis.”

Other groups such as J Street, the National Jewish Democratic Council and JAC, have also spoken out against Trump’s rhetoric, to name a few.

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