Demand Trump Apologize for Trying to Land Helicopter on Prized Jewish Site

Target: Donald Trump, president of the United States

Goal: Apologize for suggesting landing a helicopter on the fragile Masada fort.

Love him or hate him, we all know U.S. President Donald Trump likes to travel in style. However, his penchant for comfort didn’t go down well in Israel, after it was revealed he had allegedly wanted to land his helicopter on the precious ruins of the Masada fort.

According to Trump administration insiders, the president didn’t want to take a cable car to the fort, instead planning to simply land a helicopter on the ruins. When Israeli officials explained that wasn’t possible, Trump simply canceled the visit, according to reports.

The Masada fort is a bit of a tradition for visiting U.S. presidents. It’s one of Israel’s most well known and cherished archaeological sites. Located high up on a rocky plateau in the Judean Desert, the fortress was the site of the heroic last stand of Jewish rebels against the Roman army in 73AD. The battle was lost by the Jewish defenders after a long, arduous siege, with many of the rebels preferring to commit suicide rather than surrender to the Romans. Today, it’s celebrated as a symbol of Jewish resistance, not to mention as a relic of the region’s rich history.

As you might expect from a 2000 year old old archaeological site, Masada is extremely fragile. Israeli authorities have banned the use of helicopters around the site, noting the wind generated can damage the fort’s crumbling remains.

Trump’s snub of Masada isn’t just a rejection of a tourist attraction; it represents a dismissal of Jewish history and culture, simply because he couldn’t be bothered taking the usual route (a short cable car trip). Moreover, it comes after a long series of controversial Trump administration comments surrounding Jews. From White House press secretary Sean Spicer claiming Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons against anybody (except, you know, the Jews), to Trump hiring alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka as an adviser, the Donald just can’t seem to get his act together when it comes to Jews.

Some sort of apology has been needed for a long time, and now is just as good of a time as any. We therefore call on Trump to apologize for this latest insensitive act, and pledge to visit the site in the future.


Dear President Trump,

According to news reports citing administration insiders, you recently canceled a landmark visit to Israel’s Masada fortress. Insiders allege you canceled this trip simply because you couldn’t land a helicopter on the fragile archaeological site. You then allegedly dismissed suggestions to take the cable car, which is how most visitors reach the ruins.

Your decision to refuse to visit the site for such a callous, frivolous reason is nothing short of offensive. The Masada fort is a symbol of the Jewish spirit of resistance. It was the site of a critical battle between 1st century Jewish rebels and Roman occupation forces. Although the Romans ultimately won the day, the battle remains a source of pride, and historic reverence for many Jews.

If this was a one off incident, then perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big deal. However, your administration has already been tainted with allegations of anti-Semitism.

In March, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that during a meeting, you appeared to dismiss a spate of suspected anti-Semitic hate crimes as some kind of false flag operation. Then there’s the famous incident of White House press secretary Sean Spicer claiming Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons (hint: he did, against Jews). Then there’s Sebastian Gorka, a man currently serving as one of your national security advisers. He has long been accused of ties to neo-Nazi groups, though he denies he is anti-Semitic.

In short, the Masada issue is just the latest in a long series of problems your administration seems to have with connecting with Jews. An apology is long overdue, so let’s start with apologizing for your ridiculous, supposed plan to land a helicopter on one of the most important archaeological sites in Jewish history.


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Photo Credit: Andrew Shiva

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    don’t land on jewish historic sites! not 1 bit of ruins!

  2. Not signing this petition. The ancient story of Masada is agreed to be mythical by most Israeli historians, as is most of Biblical “history”.

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