Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff requested U.N. action during his first trip there. leaders to broaden the anti-Semitism campaign. On Thursday, he informed the body that the rising levels of anti-Semitism could not be normalized.
Emhoff, the Jewish spouse of an American, At a special, high-level side event, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to diplomats and civil society representatives.
The U.N. The embassies of the United States, Israel, Argentina, Canada, Morocco, and the United Kingdom hosted the event.
The U.S. United Nations ambassador Ted Deutsch, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, Deborah Lipstadt, Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism for the United States Department of State, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke separately and on a subsequent panel.
Keeping quiet is not an option. To combat this hatred epidemic, we must forge alliances, Emhoff stated. “Because hate is interwoven, we must bring together people from all backgrounds, religions, and races. Everyone is impacted by it.
Emhoff also addressed the exaggeration and denial of the Holocaust.
“Too frequently, we see high-profile musicians, comedians, and politicians openly endorsing outdated antisemitic stereotypes for cheap chuckles,” he stated. He stated there should be “consequences” for individuals who engage in antisemitic behavior.
The second gentleman exhorted attendees to form alliances and speak out when they see Jews being hated in the wake of the Biden administration’s announcement on Monday that it is actively putting together a “whole-of-government” collective to address antisemitism, and a December White House roundtable on the subject, which Emhoff hosted.
“We can’t make this commonplace. We must all work together and be committed to stopping antisemitism, he urged. “We must demonstrate to the hateful, anti-Semitic people that there is no haven.”
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield of the United States to the United Nations lamented several recent antisemitic incidents.
“In Australia, Swastikas were spray-painted over a Jewish cemetery. In Hungary, a Holocaust memorial was damaged.
A Russian missile struck a Ukrainian synagogue. According to the speaker, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue in Bloomfield, New Jersey, less than 20 miles away from here. “In a single week.”
“Collective action and urgency, not just words,” Emhoff urged.
The struggle against antisemitism has become a trademark issue for the second gentleman.
He recently returned from a European tour, where he went to Berlin and Krakow to see the destruction the Nazis inflicted.
Despite not having had a very religious upbringing, Emhoff has mainly developed and accepted his position as the White House’s point person on Jewish affairs.
Emhoff stated, “I know we will meet this time together.
I was delighted to engage with interlocutors at the @UN in New York today in partnership with, and thanks to the leadership of, @SecondGentleman Douglas Emhoff and @USAmbUN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. pic.twitter.com/2ipTlLhTpL
— Special Envoy Deborah Lipstadt (@StateSEAS) February 9, 2023