Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attributed the rise of anti-Semitism in the West to journalists who fail to do their job with integrity.
Speaking to a crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, Pompeo laid out a number of reasons for why anti-Semitism was becoming more prevalent, the Washington Examiner reports.
“I want to talk about why anti-Semitism is on the rise,” the secretary of state said. “I have a few thoughts on the reasons.”
“First, Western civilizations – and our youth, in particular – are losing first-hand experience with the Holocaust and its survivors as the postwar generation dies out. I saw that clearly and thought about it on my most recent trip to Israel, when I visited Yad Vashem,” he continued, via the Washington Examiner.
“Second, professors teach our children that Israel is the epitome of imperialism,” Pompeo added.
He continued: “Third, journalists, who help drive our public debate, don’t always take the time to consider facts or think critically. And I’m being polite.”
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Pompeo seemed to make an indirect reference to Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar when he said: “But frankly, worst of all, some politicians think anti-Semitism can actually win them votes.”
Omar has repeatedly made anti-Semitic comments during her brief time in office, even causing members of her own party to criticize her.
The Washington Examiner reports Pompeo continued:
He described anti-Semitism as “a cancer metastasizing in the Middle East, in Europe, and indeed, sadly, here in the United States as well.”
Pompeo said: “In Britain, the Labour Party’s tolerance of anti-Semitism in its ranks is a national disgrace. And France’s Jews are under attack. The incidence of anti-Semitic attacks in Germany is also on the rise.”
He added: “Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Israel should be admired not attacked, embraced not vilified, and emulated not ostracized.”