“These people exist in a place where antisemitism is out in the ethosphere; they hear it, breathe it in, and don’t even recognize it as antisemitism.”
That was the quote from Joe Biden’s choice for a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism, and even though she hasn’t been confirmed yet she once called out her colleague, Ilhan Omar, for her blatant anti-Semitic comments against the nation of Israel.
Last Friday, the Biden Administration announced that they were nominating Deborah Lipstadt, a Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University for this role. She comes with a tremendous amount of experience, but she is now going to be working with people that are consistently anti-Semitic, including Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. If she is confirmed, Lipstadt’s new position will come with the role of ambassador.
Ms. Lipstadt was asked in March 2019 to weigh in on the remarks made by Ilhan Omar, who had just finished accusing pro-Israel Americans of having an “allegiance to a foreign country.”
Ms. Lipstadt was questioned about whether she felt that Omar’s statement was anti-Semitic, and the professor told Jewish Insider magazine, “Sadly, I believe it is.” Adding, “‘Dual loyalties’ is part of the textbook accusations against Jews. They are ‘cosmopolitans, globalists, not loyal to their country or fellow citizens.’”
Daily Mail reports,
Omar had been speaking during a panel discussion regarding the firestorm of anti-Semitism allegations made against her for past comments she had made critical of Israel.
‘I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,’ she said.
In this 2019 interview, Lipstadt broached the topic of whether Omar’s Israel could be considered anti-Semitic if they were taken together or if they were just anti-Zionist. Either way, they were classified, the Minnesota Representative denied that the comments were bad at all.
“She may think she is only criticizing Israel and its policies but one cannot ignore the fact that she is relying on traditional anti-Semitic tropes to do so,” she told the outlet.
“What it suggests to me is that, at best, these people exist in a place where antisemitism is out in the ethosphere; they hear it, breathe it in, and don’t even recognize it as antisemitism.”
Of course, Lipstadt will have to be confirmed by the Senate before she can take on the role. If she is confirmed, she will have the chance to prove that she is serious about ridding the world of anit-Semitism. She can do this by promptly going after many of the obvious offenders in the Democrat party. A good place to start on this massive undertaking would be with the Middle Eastern-born Ilhan Omar and her crew of Jew-hating demagogues.