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Republican Jewish Coalition commits to raising $5M for Trump reelection

A major grassroots Jewish organization in the Republican Party is pledging to raise at least $5 million for former President Trump’s re-election campaign in the organization’s “largest effort” to shore up Jewish support.

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) confirmed Thursday that it is launching a pledge to raise at least $5 million from donors and the super PAC RJC Victory Fund, in addition to $15 million in the organization’s own spending.

“2024 will be the largest effort in RJC history to mobilize the Jewish community’s support for President Trump,” Sam Markstein, RJC national policy director, told The Hill.

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The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

Founded in 1985, RJC describes itself as a grassroots organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between the American Jewish community and the Republican leadership in government.

President Trump is a deep supporter of Israel, pointing to the recognition of the Golan Heights territory, the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and his administration’s signing of the Abraham Accords, which aimed to normalize relations between Middle Eastern countries. I have been claiming that.

But he has also faced criticism for suggesting that Jews who do not support him politically or who do not support Israel are disloyal. President Trump claimed in March that Jewish Democrats were being disloyal to their faith and Israel, and opponents accused him of promoting anti-Semitic tropes.

RJC CEO Matt Brooks told The Associated Press in March that Trump’s comments needed to be taken in light of Democratic criticism of the Israel-Hamas war and Israel’s wartime conduct. .

“The president was speaking in his own style, giving voice to the questions I get asked many times a day,” Brooks told The Associated Press. “Given what’s going on, how can Jews continue to be Democrats?” He argued that the Democratic Party “is no longer the pro-Israel stronghold it once was.”

The announcement follows weeks of pro-Palestinian protests on university campuses calling for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Although many protests were reported to be peaceful, some Jewish students expressed concerns about the prevalence of anti-Semitic rhetoric and their safety.

RJC is endorsing several 2024 candidates, including state Sen. John McGuire (R) in his primary challenge to Rep. Bob Good (R) in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.

The organization also endorsed Mazi Melesa Pilip, who ultimately lost to the current Congressman in the New York special election. Tom Suozzi (Democrat) will fill the seat vacated by former Rep. George Santos (Republican).

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