Kamala Harris to condemn Israel’s ‘anti-Jewish’ demonization

Vice President Kamala Harris stands ready to denounce Israel being singled out “because of anti-Jewish hatred” in a speech at the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Never Is Now conference.

“Three years ago, we suffered the deadliest attack on the American Jewish community in our nation’s history at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” Harris will say, according to prepared statements Harris’s office released prior to his appearance at the virtual conference on Sunday evening. “And I want to be very clear about this: when Jews are attacked for their beliefs or identity, when Israel is targeted for anti-Jewish hatred, that is anti-Semitism. And that is unacceptable. “
The conference comes as the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally that left a woman dead in Charlottesville stand trial. Joe Biden has pointed to that rally, where a collection of far-right groups and neo-Nazis chanted slogans such as “Jews will not replace us” as one of the events that motivated him to run for president against Donald Trump.

Yair Lapid and Kamala Harris will meet in Washington on October 13, 2021. (Credit: OZ AVITAL / GOVERNMENT PRESS)

Harris’s emphasis on the anti-Semitism expressed by pointing to Israel comes just weeks after she received criticism from Republicans and some Jewish leaders for not forcefully rejecting at the time a student’s claim that Israel committed “ethnic genocide.” .

The conference will be held for virtually a second time due to the pandemic and will feature several other high-profile speakers, including Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird, actor Daniel Dae Kim and journalist Kara Swisher.


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