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Now official US antisemitism monitor, Lipstadt warns hate must be taken seriously

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13.05.2022

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Antisemitism is often not taken seriously until it becomes deadly, said Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar whose nomination to be the State Department’s antisemitism monitor was delayed as she tangled with Republican senators who were peeved at her criticisms of their side of the aisle.

Lipstadt chose the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for her first talk Thursday since her Senate confirmation in March after contentious hearings.

She made good on her pledges to skeptical Republicans in the body that she would identify and target antisemitism on all sides.

“Antisemitism does not come from one end of the political spectrum,” Lipstadt said. “It is ubiquitous and is espoused by people who agree on nothing else or, better put, disagree on everything else.”

She spoke of the threat from the far-right, mentioning the 2017 neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville that convinced President Joe Biden, who named her to the post, to run for the presidency. But she also alluded to her frustrations with the left.

“Too often, when there is an act of antisemitism, those who condemn it cannot bring themselves to focus specifically on this particular prejudice,” she said. In 2019, Jewish groups, Republicans and some Jewish Democrats were unhappy when a........

© The Times of Israel


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