Elan Carr, the State Department’s antisemitism monitor, wants to get people in other countries to love their Jews more as a means of countering antisemitism.
In a press call Monday to mark Jewish American Heritage Month, Carr outlined steps the United States was taking worldwide to advocate for defending Jews as violent antisemitism spikes, including security measures, prosecuting hate crimes and condemning anti-Semitic speech.
“In addition to all of those important defense measures, we are determined also to work with our allies in developing and driving Philo-Semitic narratives for their country, in the hope that we can reach the day when every society dedicates itself, as the United States has, to embrace and to treasure its Jewish community,” he said.
He did not outline what shape the philo-Semitic narratives would take, or how the State Department would drive them.
“The opposite of antisemitism is not tolerance,” Carr said. “The opposite of antisemitism is Philo-Semitism, the appreciation, respect, and affection for Jewish values and the Jewish community. Jewish American Heritage Month is an important vehicle for driving that critical Philo-Semitic narrative.”
Carr listed Jewish American luminaries worth promoting, including composers Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein, scientists Jonas Salk and Albert Einstein, and Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and Benjamin Cardozo.
Carr also addressed the spike in antisemitic narratives that blame Jews for the coronavirus pandemic.’
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