ADL and Jewish groups pressure Senate to consider anti-Semitist envoy ‘immediately’

Jewish and anti-hate speech groups in the US are pressuring lawmakers to move quickly on consideration President BidenJoe Biden Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia Manchin collapse says he won’t vote to override Senate MP Carville blames ‘stupid awakening’ for Democratic losses MOREThe nominee for the position of special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Deborah Lipstadt.

Republicans are delaying their confirmation hearing, citing concerns about Lipstadt’s tweets, including some that say they target committee members.

In a letter sent Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish Federations of North America, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of North America, said: “The global Jewish community needs America to be a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and we must not waste any more time leaving our leading officer in this fight off the field. “

The ADL is the preeminent crime and hate speech monitoring group that was born out of monitoring anti-Semitism. Jewish Federations represent 300 Jewish communities in the US and Canada and the Orthodox Union is the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the US.

The letter was sent to Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Republicans express concern over Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Germany Biden sparks high-stakes fight over spending framework Why is Trump undermining his administration’s historic China policies? PLUS (DN.J.) and Jim RischJim Elroy RischOcasio-Cortez applauds Merkley for opposing Rahm Emanuel nomination Emanuel nomination advances despite Democratic opposition Merkley says he will not support Rahm Emanuel’s ambassador nomination MORE (R-Idaho), chairman and senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is responsible for convening the Lipstadt confirmation hearing.

The groups wrote in their letter that they rarely advocate for or against the nominees, but were forced to speak out given the dire state of anti-Semitism in the US They endorsed Lipstadt’s qualifications for the position, as a renowned professor. of Jewish history and Holocaust studies. and legal victories against Holocaust deniers.

“Anti-Semitism continues to be a scourge around the world. Today, individual Jews are harassed and assaulted on city streets, synagogues are subject to vandalism, and various lawmakers are pushing legislation to ban fundamental Jewish practices, including kosher meat production and ritual circumcision. ” they wrote.

“Prof. Lipstadt has a long and well-documented history of fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of racism. He has a history of denouncing anti-Semitism in all its forms, both on the left and on the right.”

Menendez, as committee chair, has the power to schedule confirmation hearings, but said during a business meeting Wednesday that he seeks to preserve courtesy with Republicans by scheduling consensus hearings.

However, he also berated Republican lawmakers for delaying Lipstad’s confirmation hearing.

“The minority has refused to grant him a hearing, apparently because there is some concern about his tweets calling for the use of anti-Semitic tropes,” Menéndez said during the business meeting.

“Let’s think about that for a minute. Don’t we want the person nominated to advance our global anti-Semitism efforts to call out anti-Semitism? I sincerely hope that this is not the position of the minority. “

Risch said Jewish Insider on Wednesday the committee has to “carefully” review Lipstadt’s Twitter account, raising concern that the Jewish academic has targeted members of the committee.

“She has said enough things on Twitter that need to be carefully reviewed, particularly about the committee members, who are always quite sensitive,” Risch told the newsletter. “So we’ll get over that … You’re going to see them all, I suspect, before I’m done.”

In at least one tweet, Lipstadt described the senator. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson Evers, Johnson See Lagged Approval in Wisconsin: Poll Gun Control Group Alleges Campaign Finance Violations in Lawsuit Against NRA Republicans Raises Concerns About Biden’s Ambassador to Germany Candidate MORE (R-Wis.), Member of the Foreign Relations committee, as a “white supremacy / nationalism” trafficker, and shared a Haaretz article with the headline “Republican Senator Johnson was criticized as a ‘white nationalist sympathizer’ after racial comments “.

The article referred to criticism Johnson received after the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill, where a mob of mostly white supporters of the former President TrumpDonald Trump Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia collapse Department of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security seeks nearly four-year sentence for former MMA fighter who struck officer on January 6 MORE violently interrupted congressional certification of election results in favor of President Biden’s victory.

Johnson said in a interview with a radio show host in March who was not concerned about the rioters, but who would have felt threatened if they were Black Lives Matter and “antifa” supporters, referring to far-left protesters described as anti-fascists targeting neo-Nazis and white supremacists in demonstrations.

Menendez at the time criticized Johnson’s comments as “racist.”

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