Hundreds Sign Workmen’s Circle Petition Calling on AIPAC to Withdraw Trump Invitation

Hundreds Sign Workmen’s Circle Petition Calling on AIPAC to Withdraw Trump Invitation

 Jewish Communities Join Together in Protest Before Annual Policy Conference

Contact: Sara Koenig, Communications Manager, skoenig@circle.org, 212.889.6800 ext. 813

March 17, 2016, New York, NY – Jewish communities across the country are protesting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) recent decision to have Donald Trump headline their Annual Policy Conference. Amidst the uproar, the Workmen’s Circle is standing as a leader in calling on the Committee to withdraw their invitation, circulating a petition that has drawn close to 800 signatures.

The petition points to Trump’s deeply disturbing pattern of hate speech, alongside explicit calls to violence over the past several months. It asks, “If Trump were denouncing Jews in the same terms as he has used over and over in denouncing Muslims, Latinos, and #BlackLivesMatter activists, is there even the slightest possibility that he would have been invited to the annual AIPAC Policy Conference?”

Supporters of AIPAC’s decision connect Trump’s right to Freedom of Speech – an argument that Ann Toback, the Workmen’s Circle Executive Director, strongly rejected, stating: “No one is suggesting denying the right to express oneself. Trump has ample opportunity to make his views known, on Israel or any other topic. That does not mean that prominent Jewish organizations need to provide the platform.”

The AIPAC conference will take place this Sunday, March 20-22 at the Washington DC Convention Center. The Workmen’s Circle petition is posted here. Join the conversation on Twitter: @workmenscircle.