The Biden administration announced it’s establishing an “interagency group to counter antisemitism” in the wake of rapper Ye and others criticizing powerful Jewish interests in the entertainment and media industry.
Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre put out a written statement on Monday condemning the “scourge of antisemitism” and vowing to draft a “strategy” to counter it.
As President Biden has made clear: antisemitism has no place in America. All Americans should forcefully reject antisemitism – including Holocaust denial – wherever it exists.
The President is establishing an inter-agency group led by Domestic Policy Council staff and National Security Council staff to increase and better coordinate U.S. Government efforts to counter antisemitism, Islamophobia, and related forms of bias and discrimination within the United States. The President has tasked the inter-agency group, as its first order of business, to develop a national strategy to counter antisemitism. This strategy will raise understanding about antisemitism and the threat it poses to the Jewish community and all Americans, address antisemitic harassment and abuse both online and offline, seek to prevent antisemitic attacks and incidents, and encourage whole-of-society efforts to counter antisemitism and build a more inclusive nation.
We look forward to working with advocates, civil rights leaders, civil society, and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to continue countering the scourge of antisemitism.
Rapper Ye has been the most high-profile figure making major waves criticizing the “Jewish media’s” business practices in the entertainment industry, appearing on numerous podcastsand shows – including The Alex Jones Show – to air his grievances and exercise his First Amendment rights.
He also highlighted disturbing threats made by his personal trainer Harley Pasternak that he’d be forcibly institutionalized if he didn’t apologize to the Jewish community.
Jewish advocacy groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) countered that they don’t control the media — after Ye’s social media accounts were shut down and his bank account frozen following his controversial remarks.
ADL president Jonathon Greenblatt lamented last week that “if we don’t get” Ye then the “myth” of Jewish power will spread.
Rutgers Professor claims implies that white people are inhuman and claims “whiteness” has an end date. @TPUSA
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