The media went wild when President Donald Trump supposedly uttered the term “sh**hole countries” in regards to some third-world nations, but they completely ignored the fact that a senior policy adviser to Democratic senator Patty Murray (Wash.) said her office in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions does “not care about anti-Semitism.”
According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon published last week:
The HELP committee is currently weighing the nomination of Ken Marcus as assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education. Marcus has been the target of an aggressive campaign waged by leading anti-Israel groups seeking to derail his nomination. Marcus has worked to combat the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses and is the founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a pro-Israel group.
During a meeting on November 28 with Sarah N. Stern, a former colleague of Marcus and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a senior adviser to Murray on the HELP committee told Stern the committee does not “care about anti-Semitism in this office.”
Sen. Murray serves as the ranking member of the HELP committee.
“We don’t care about anti-Semitism in this office,” Murray’s senior adviser said. “We care about transgenders, we care about blacks, we care about Hispanics, we care about gays, we care about lesbians, we care about the disabled.”
Stern’s aide Jennifer Dekel confirmed the comments and said she was taking notes during the meeting, according to the Free Beacon.
Stern went on to address those blatantly anti-Semitic comments in an editorial for the Jewish News Service, published Tuesday. She provided the full quote to the Washington Free Beacon, saying she found the remarks “particularly egregious.”
Eli Zupnick, a spokesman for Sen. Murray pushed back, claiming, “This is not an accurate quote and certainly doesn’t reflect the position of the office.”
However, the campaign against Marcus is being led by numerous anti-Israel groups, including the Arab American Institute, led by James Zogby who has referred to Israelis as “Nazis”; the National Students for Justice in Palestine, which has members who have openly celebrated murderers of Jews; and Palestine Legal, which has defended professors who have posted anti-Semitic comments online, the Free Beacon reports.
In the past, Marcus has been an outspoken critic to Muslim “hate crimes,” but Democrats have labeled him a “racist” and an “Islamophobe”.
According to the Free Beacon, “Palestine Legal, one of the anti-Israel groups targeting Marcus, has used the ranking member in its campaign against his nomination. The group, which is a leading activist for BDS, praised Murray for ‘grilling’ Marcus during his confirmation hearing.”
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