Friday, July 31st, 2009
This just in from the Jerusalem Post: President Barack Obama’s failure to name a special envoy on anti-Semitism “raises questions about the importance the new administration attaches to the fight against anti-Semitism,” according to Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington DC-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.”
“Foot-dragging on the selection sends a message that anti-Semitism is not of great importance to the United States,” Medoff wrote in a monograph to be published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, according to the Post.
I”m not making this up, really I’m not.
An administration that has had a hard time vetting and filling all kinds of critical posts – whose Treasury Department is still being criticized for being understaffed at a time of economic crisis, as just one example – is now being chastised by a prominent Holocaust scholar for tardiness in appointing an anti-Semitism envoy, even though Medoff conceded that it took the Bush administration 18 months to appoint Dr. Gregg Rickman, the first to occupy that position after Congress created the office.
But this is Barack Obama we’re talking about, whose every breath is scrutinized for insults against Israel and the Jewish people.
Medoff’s critique comes as Jewish leaders continue to hit Obama for saying in his Cairo speech to the Muslim world that Israel was created because of the Holocaust – even though Ron Kampeas has done extensive reporting showing that such claims are “a crock,” to put it in the JTA Washington bureau chief’s own words.
As I said, I’m not making this up.