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Anti-Defamation League Director: Despite What Pelosi Might Say, Omar’s Comments Are Anti-Semitic

"It is an anti-Semitic charge that has been used against the Jewish people literally for hundreds of years..."

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2019 @12:25pm

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that despite what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) might say, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) recent anti-Semitic comments were in fact anti-Semitic during an interview on CNN on Thursday.

CNN’s Kate Bolduan asked Greenblatt what he thought about Pelosi’s comments that Omar did not understand the weight of her words and that she didn’t think they were based in anti-Semitism.

“Well, look, it’s hard for me to say what’s in Representative Omar’s heart. But, I have to deal with the reality of what she’s said, again and again and again,” Greenblatt said. “And the fact of the matter is, this accusation that Jews have a dual loyalty or require people to pledge allegiance to a foreign power, it is an anti-Semitic charge that has been used against the Jewish people literally for hundreds of years, long before there was a state of Israel.”

“So, we are offended by this anti-Semitism that is not only directed at the Jewish people, it is an un-American thing to say. Because accusations of loyalty to a foreign power, that was used against Japanese American in World War II, it was used against Catholics when John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960,” Greenblatt said.

“It doesn’t deserve a place in the public conversation, period,” Greenblatt added.

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