US Jewish groups helping Muslim refugees accused of harboring ‘new Nazis’
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Attacks range from those who call the Jewish support of refugees a plot to overthrow the US, to others who see Jews as being duped by Muslim terrorists

US Jewish groups helping Muslim refugees accused of harboring ‘new Nazis’

Amid a torrent of racist and anti-Semitic tweets, organizations vow to continue rallying in support of all seeking safe haven in the US

Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, welcomes hundreds to the Jewish Rally for Refugees in Battery Park, New York, on February 12, 2017. (Courtesy HIAS)
Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, welcomes hundreds to the Jewish Rally for Refugees in Battery Park, New York, on February 12, 2017. (Courtesy HIAS)

NEW YORK — Across the United States, Jewish leaders and groups have been calling on elected officials to keep the country’s doors open to refuges fleeing violence and persecution.

“Back in 1881, HIAS [formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] welcomed refugees because they were Jewish. Today, we welcome refugees because we are Jewish,” Mark Hetfield, HIAS President and CEO, said last Sunday at Castle Clinton National Monument, in view of the Statue of Liberty.

But now it is precisely because of their Jewishness that HIAS and other groups are being targeted for their support of refugees.

“Hitler’s Jews are back. Soros/@HIASrefugess and hating Americal [sic] while supporting the Muslim Nazis who want to kill them!”

“Pathetic, SELF-HATING Liberal Jewis (JINOS) oppose a President that would protect them from the new Nazis — MUSLIMS”

“In case you’re wondering, @HIASrefugees is a pro-hamas organization funded by Soros.”

Those are just a few examples of the anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter using the hashtag #jewsforrefugees.

The hashtag was originally created as a way for those participating in National Jewish Day of Action rallies across the country to share photos and statements in support of refugees.

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