Thursday on CNN, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statement that Rep. Ilhan Omar did not "full understand" the "weight" of her comments that have been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
"Well, look, it’s hard for me to say what’s in Representative Omar’s heart. But, I have to deal with the reality of what she’s said, again and again and again," Greenblatt said. "And the fact of the matter is, this accusation that Jews have a dual loyalty or require people to pledge allegiance to a foreign power, it is an anti-Semitic charge that has been used against the Jewish people literally for hundreds of years, long before there was a state of Israel."
"So, we are offended by this anti-Semitism that is not only directed at the Jewish people, it is an un-American thing to say. Because accusations of loyalty to a foreign power, that was used against Japanese American in World War II, it was used against Catholics when John F. Kennedy was running for president in 1960," Greenblatt said.
"It doesn’t deserve a place in the public conversation, period," Greenblatt added.