President Biden’s nominee to serve as U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism once blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial statements criticizing Israel.
Deborah Lipstadt, a Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, was nominated Friday to the anti-Semitism role, which carries the rank of ambassador.
In March 2019, Lipstadt waded into the debate surrounding Omar at the time after the Minnesota Democrat criticized pro-Israel Americans as having “allegiance to a foreign country,” The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday.
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Omar later reaffirmed her remarks, though she had previously apologized for other statements critics also deemed anti-Semitic.
Asked at the time if Omar’s comments were “textbook anti-Semitism,” Lipstadt said, “Sadly, I believe it is. Dual loyalties is part of the textbook accusations against Jews. They are cosmopolitans, globalists, not loyal to their country or fellow citizens.”
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Lipstadt argued at the time that Omar “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 went on to say people like Omar “exist in a place where anti-Semitism is out in the ethosphere; they hear it, breath it in, and don’t even recognize it as antisemitism.”
Omar’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
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