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Trump Quickly Replaces Tweet That Prompted Cries of anti-Semitism Online

'Trump's new anti-Hilary ad is a pile of money overlaid with her face & a star of david,' wrote Max Fisher of the original image. 'Wonder what the message is?'

The Trump campaign quickly replaced one of the presumptive candidate's tweets on Saturday, following an avalanche of criticism that it was anti-Semitic and bigoted.
The original image tweeted by Donald Trump was a montage of Hilary Clinton with a Star of David inscribed with "The Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" and a pile of money in the background.

Predictably, Trump's latest tweet had the Twitter universe in an uproar. "WTF does Trump's Star of David tweet mean?" asked Peter Wade on the Esquire website, describing it as "perhaps the most confusing and offensive graphic of the 2016 campaign."
"It is offensive on so many levels," Wade continued. "It evokes negative Jewish stereotypes and misappropriates a religious symbol."
"This wasn’t a tweet that the candidate retweeted from someone else, unlike much of the racist material that the candidate has endorsed on his Twitter account," wrote Jason Easley on the Politics USA website.
"The Trump campaign designed a graphic highlighting Hillary Clinton’s fundraising that placed a Star of David beside her. It is evident that the Trump campaign was implying that Clinton is raising her money from Jews.
skip - Haaretz's Anshel Pfeffer responds to Trump's Tweet
"Trump is flat out appealing to bigots and racists. His campaign is not trying to hide whose support they are courting. Trump is going for the bigot vote. The bigots are his base."
Barely two hours after the image was first tweeted, the Trump campaign replaced it with one in which the Star of David had become a circle. It made no reference to the initial image or the uproar it had caused.
But the damage had already been done. Criticism of the original tweet was voiced across the political spectrum, from political columnist Ana Marie Cox ("Symbolism here is pretty … unsubtle") and Clinton campaign staffer Josh Schwerin to Ron Nehring, a former spokesman for Ted Cruz' presidential campaign.
GOP strategist Patrick Ruffini called it "anti-Semitic."
"At this rate, Trump is a week away from tweeting out (((Crooked Hilary))) tweeted Kevin M. Kruse.
"Really excited for Trump to try to deflate the Star of David tweet by asking 'where’s my Jew' at his next rally," tweeted Matthew Gertz.


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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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