Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, received criticism on Monday for switching the subject from antisemitism to Islamophobia in response to a question about the president’s worry about it. She opened the news conference on Tuesday with a statement that was almost 100 words long, ostensibly to fix yesterday’s mistake.
She soon shifted to generalizing anti-Jewish sentiment for the second straight day. When Israel is singled out due to anti-Jewish hatred, when Jews are targeted because of their beliefs or their identity, it is antisemitism, and that is unacceptable, the press secretary said.
Anti-Semitism has no place in society. Stop there. Period. The president considers this to be crucial. Personally, I find it to be crucial. She continued, “And to everyone in the government.
“The president has been steadfast and unequivocal in response to the Hamas terror acts in Israel, which were the bloodiest for Jews since the Holocaust.
To combat antisemitism, we must all do our share and speak out strongly. Soon after she began, Jean-Pierre once again seemed to imply that antisemitism needs the companionship of Islamophobia or other forms of hatred.
“We need to make sure that hatred has no place in America—not opposed to Jews, not a dislike toward Muslims, not against American Arabs, not against American-Palestinian hybrids—not at all,” she affirmed.