Demonstrators from the anti-occupation Jewish group IfNotNow marched into the lobby of the Washington D.C. building where Donald Trump's White House transition team has been meeting on Thursday, in protest of Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist.
According to a Patch.com report, IfNotNow protesters marched into the lobby of the General Services Administration chanting "Fire Bannon" and "Jewish resistance."
IfNotNow, a budding organization of young left-wing U.S. Jews, was at the center of attention during the height of the Democratic primary season when founder Simone Zimmerman was hired as Bernie Sanders' Jewish outreach coordinator but fired over an old Facebook post where she used profanity against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump's appointment of Bannon has raised the ire of many American Jews due to Bannon's alleged past anti-Semitic comments. Bannon's ex-wife stated in a 2007 court filing that he didn't want their daughters to go to an elite Los Angeles school because "he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews."
169 House Democrats have since signed a letter protesting Bannon's appointment, calling on Trump to rescind the appointment. Former Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman has said he will not attend the Zionist Organization of America's gala dinner on Sunday due to Bannon's scheduled attendance.
Several Jews, including Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, have come to Bannon's defense, calling him a "passionate Zionist" and "true friend of Israel."
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