Fumbling White House Spox Seems Confused By the Definition of 'AntiSemitism'

Brittany M. Hughes | October 24, 2023
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In her haste to defend Muslim-Americans from all the supposed hate they’re facing in the wake of Hamas attacks on Israel, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to conflate “Islamophobia” with anti-Semitism, answering a question about the rising threat of violence against Jews by saying the administration condemns all forms of hate against…Muslims.

"What is [Biden's] level of concern right now about a potential rise of antisemitism in light of everything that’s going on in Israel?" a reporter asked during the White House press briefing Monday.

“So a couple of things. Um, look,” KJP began as she consulted her ever-handy binder of pre-determined talking points.

“We have not seen any credible threats,” she went on, apparently unaware of the multiple threats against synagogues, Jewish communities, and Jewish people standing around in places like, say, Manhattan subway stations.

“Muslim and those who are perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number hate-fueled attacks, and and certainly President Biden understands that many of our Muslim Arab-Americans  and Palestinian loved ones and neighbors are worried about the hate being directed at their communities," KJP continued.

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The White House spox added that Biden “has directed his homeland security team to prioritize prevention and disruption of any emerging threats that could harm the Jewish, the Muslim, Arab Americans, or any of our communities.”

It's not clear whether KJP simply used the question about threats against the Jews to pivot to her talking points about Muslim-Americans, or if she genuinely doesn't understand the definition of "antiSemitism."

Since the horrific atrocities against Jews on October 7, when Hamas barbarians massacred some 1,200 Israeli civilians including men, women, children, and the elderly, in a surprise and vicious attack on Israeli villages. Biden swiftly rushed to condemn the most deadly attack on Jews since the Holocaust - but not without repeatedly making sure to condemn the “Islamophobia” directed at Muslims, thousands of whom have taken to the streets in cities around the world to support Palestine and openly call for the annihilation of Israel and the eradication of the Jews.

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