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Deborah Lipstadt: 'People, orgs. don't take antisemitism seriously'

The Biden administration's new envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism delivered her first speech since being confirmed by the Senate.

Deborah Lipstadt walks a red carpet for "Denial" during the 11th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Oct. 17, 2016.


WASHINGTON – Antisemitism is not taken seriously, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt said in her first public event since being confirmed by the Senate last month as the new envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism.

In a speech at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on Thursday, Lipstadt said that “too many people, organizations and institutions do not take antisemitism seriously," charging that “they fail to include it in their litany of legitimate prejudices. They wonder, ‘what is it that Jews are complaining about? After all, they’re powerful. They have no reason to complain.’

"Conversely, too often, when there is an act of antisemitism, those who condemn it cannot bring themselves to focus specifically on this particular prejudice; they condemn antisemitism together with all other acts of prejudice.”


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