On Sunday, several Jewish groups, leaders as well as New York Congressman Ritchie Torres expressed their anger against the anti-semitic nature of Fritz Berggren’s blogs, who has been making racist and antisemitic statements online for several years on his website, bloodandfaith.com.
Openly using his own name and picture in writing blogs and content that is highly antisemitic in nature, Berggren, who has been termed as a mid-ranking Foreign services officer, was harshly condemned for hundreds of posts that were blatantly discriminatory.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that “If this antisemite and racist wants to deploy medieval Jew-hating tropes let him do it on his own time and own dime.”
“Secretary of State Blinken should do what his predecessors failed to do — throw him out,” he said. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, also demanded action from the State Department, tweeting, “There is no room for hate in gov. We call for a full investigation.”
This reaction came following posts that stated, “Jesus Christ came to save the whole world from the Jews — the founders of the original Anti-Christ religion, they who are the seed of the Serpent, that brood of vipers.”
“They murdered Jesus Christ,” he said. “How then can they be God’s chosen?”
Berggren also appears to advocate a racist and religious brand of ultra-nationalism, with exhortations like, “Europeans must reclaim their blood and faith.”
“The revival of Christian nation-states is required for the advancement of Truth,” he says at another point.
New York Congressman Ritchie Torres tweeted in response to the uproar, “Fritz Berggren is the latest example of white supremacist infiltration. The federal government must be scrubbed clean of extremism.”
Also reacting to this malicious content was the American Jewish Committee which said, “In hundreds of posts, U.S. diplomat Fritz Berggren shared his racist and antisemitic worldview and called for the establishment of a Christian nation-state. In any public-facing industry, there would be consequences. Do the same rules apply to @StateDept?”
When asked about the matter, a Department spokesperson said Berggren’s views did not represent those of the agency, and that they would not comment on internal personnel matters.