Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Stance Condemned by Jewish Organizations

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League — both of which have strong ties to Hollywood — said Trump's plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States is "deeply offensive."

Two leading U.S. Jewish organizations with deep ties to Hollywood on Tuesday denounced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper — dean and associate dean, respectively, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — issued a joint statement charging that Trump, “by lumping all Muslims in the crosshairs of the terrorism crisis, only hurts the legitimate campaign against Islamist fundamentalism and demeans law-abiding American citizens. Such a policy would only serve to strengthen ISIS recruitment around the world.”

The Wiesenthal Center’s annual galas are among the most star-studded on the Hollywood social calendar, and its international human-rights advocacy is widely supported by the entertainment industry’s non-Jewish, as well as Jewish, executives and stars.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, one of the country’s oldest human-rights organizations, called Trump’s proposal “deeply offensive.”

Greenblatt said the GOP frontrunner’s "plan to bar people from entry to the United States based on their religion is unacceptable and antithetical to American values. The U.S. was founded as a place of refuge for those fleeing religious persecution, and religious pluralism is core to our national identity. A plan that singles out Muslims and denies them entry to the U.S. based on their religion runs contrary to our nation’s deepest values."

“In the Jewish community, we know all too well what can happen when a particular religious group is singled out for stereotyping and scapegoating,” added Greenblatt. “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. As we have said so many times, to do otherwise signals to the terrorists that they are winning the battle against democracy and freedom.”

Like the Wiesenthal Center, the ADL enjoys wide support across the Hollywood community.

Trump, meanwhile, had a terse response to the wave of condemnation that has arisen since he made the proposal at a South Carolina campaign stop Monday, saying, “I don’t care.”