Ex-minister, Arab MKs slam Trump for ‘go back’ tweets, but Israeli officials mum

Yossi Beilin, Ayman Odeh and Aida Touma-Sliman among voices to speak out after US president takes aim at klatch of congresswomen

US President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina on July 17, 2019. (R) From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib,, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley,speak at a press conference in Washington on July 15, 2019.

Jacob Magid writes in Times of Israel:

A dovish Israeli former minister lashed out at the US president Donald Trump for his nativist attacks on congresswomen of color, noting that Trump himself was the grandson of immigrants.

The comments from Yossi Beilin, an ex-justice minister who served in the Labor and Meretz parties, came as most Israeli politicians have refused to weigh in on comments from Trump that have been derided as racist, even as the president has attempted to bring Israel into the brawl.

“Trump is part of just the second generation from his family to be born in America and he talks about people who come from countries that don’t have appropriate governments? Does he not remember where his own family came from? What kind of inappropriate rulers they’ve had?” Beilin told The Times of Israel this week.

Trump’s grandfather Frederick Trump immigrated to the US from Germany in 1885.

“He should be careful that others don’t tell him to return back to where he came from,” Beilin quipped wryly.

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