A multinational grocery company chief believes the president’s efforts to bridge the cultural gap between the Israeli and American communities are a positive step toward healing after a mass shooting devastated New Jersey on Dec. 10.
Kraft Group Chairman and CEO Bob Kraft commended Donald Trump on drawing support from both sides of politics to bring an end to anti-Semitism.
“My [late] wife, a blessed memory, would be smiling now because she loved America first and Israel, and wanted to build bridges between the two places, and had tikkun olam (meaning heal the world in Hebrew),” Kraft said at a Hannukah celebration at the White House according to Fox News. “I am so proud that at this time we are doing something that is so bipartisan … I am honored to be here at this time at this event because this is really a bipartisan issue and I know previous administrations had tried to do something in this area.”
He made the remarks just two days after David Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, allegedly fired rifles at staff and customers inside the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City. The mass shooting claimed at least four lives, one of whom was confirmed to be Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals.
The president recognized the sacrifice Seals made to prevent more people from being killed and promised the “wicked murderers” would be brought to justice for the “four innocent souls including a brave police officer” who died.
“With one heart America weeps for the lives lost, with one voice we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-Semitism whenever and wherever it appears and we are working very hard on that” Trump said. “I can tell you that we have a lot of people in government working very very hard on that and we appreciate their work, not easy.”
Kraft suggested the fight against anti-Semitism should begin in the classroom.
“We know that college campuses are places where you bridge build and you include people and you have education,” he said. “[It is] not [to] be something that is exclusive and drives people away and generates hatred.”
Investigators believe the JC Kosher attack was intentional and media reports have linked Anderson to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement and published anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on social media. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the movement, which has no connection with mainstream Judaism, as a “hate group” according to The New York Times.