In recent years a number of anti-Semitic groups have been promoting a forged "quote" supposedly written by George Washington. This quote have been debunked as a forgery by historians .
In 1790 Washington sent a letter to the Jewish community in Rhode Island. He wrote that he envisioned a country "which gives bigotry no sanction ... persecution no assistance". For the first time in history, Jews lived in a country where they enjoyed full and equal human and political rights - as a birthright of citizenship .