Donald Trump's recent use of a six-pointed star in a tweet widely deemed anti-Semitic has raised many questions about the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism. It adorns synagogues the world over and is central to Israel's flag. But it has also been used to denigrate Jews.Q • What about Trump's claim that there is nothing anti-Semitic about the red six-pointed star his campaign tweeted?
A • The Trump campaign set the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" atop the red six-pointed star against a background of dollar bills and next to a photo of Hillary Clinton. Given that much of anti-Semitic rhetoric blames Jews for manipulating the world's economy, the star's appearance on money was quickly seen by Jews and non-Jews alike as blatantly anti-Semitic.More to the point, the image was traced to a message board that attracts anti-Semitic and white supremacist memes and rants.
The campaign's explanation, that it was a sheriff's badge, was widely ridiculed.