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Journalist Barraged with Anti-Jewish Hate Following Melania Trump Profile

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/29/16


Jewish journalist was barraged Thursday with anti-Semitic messages from Donald Trump supporters, including one of her face superimposed onto that of an Auschwitz prisoner, after she wrote a profile about the candidate’s wife. Julia Ioffe vented on Twitter about receiving anonymous phone calls playing Hitler speeches, and images showing a caricature of a Jew being shot in the head. Some of the messages were more personal: her face superimposed onto an Auschwitz mugshot and a photo of her wearing a World War II- era yellow star. Only a day earlier, GQ had published a profile of Melania Trump, written by Ioffe, which included information about the Slovenian model’s family, such as the fact that she has an estranged half-brother. Melania criticized the article, saying it contained “numerous inaccuracies” and that Ioffe “had an agenda when going after my family.” Ioffe denied the profile contained any untrue information. Meanwhile, a white supremacist site, the Daily Stormer, published a blog post titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!” While there is no direct link between the anti-Semitic harassment Ioffe received and the Trump campaign, the Republican candidate has been criticized for not doing enough to stop violent and racist rhetoric among his supporters. Ioffe, whose family moved to the U.S. from Russia, said the attacks she has faced since the publication of the profile remind her of discrimination her family faced in their country of origin. “The irony of this is that today, when I was getting all of this horrible anti-Semitic s—t that I’ve only ever seen in Russia, I was reminded that 26 years ago today my family came to the U.S. from Russia. We left Russia because we were fleeing anti-Semitism,” Ioffe said Thursday, according to the Guardian . “It’s been a rude shock for everyone.”

Read moreand see the offending tweets and posts at the link.

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