Mike Pompeo is an anti-Muslim bigot. Shouldn’t Jewish leaders condemn him, too?

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Mike Pompeo. (photo: Forward / Getty Images)

Let’s not fall into the trap of condemning bigotry when it comes toward people who look like us, but tolerating it when it comes from people who look like us. We are required to be better than that.

By Jane Eisner | Forward | Mar 20, 2018


Mike Pompeo’s own statements and record of close associations with organizations that have frequently expressed hostility to Muslims and have trafficked in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories raise serious concerns about his fitness to serve as Secretary of State.
— Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League


Consistency in public life is often honored in the breach. But when it crosses that thin line into hypocrisy, there ought to be consequences.

We are at that moment with Mike Pompeo, the former Congressman and current CIA director who is President Trump’s choice to be the next Secretary of State.

And whereas many self-appointed leaders of the Jewish community raised holy hell when a couple of Congressmen and one of the leaders of the Women’s March refused to denounce the anti-Semitism of the Rev. Louis Farrakhan, we’ve heard precious little from those same critics about Pompeo’s well-documented anti-Muslim bigotry and his close ties with Islamophobic extremists.

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Omaha schools cancel Palestinian speaker

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Palestinian activist Nora Carmi speaking at a BDS conference in South Africa, Aug 20, 2015. (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Parents and Anti-Defamation League complained in advance of a visit by a Palestinian Christian activist.

By The Times of Israel / Oct 6, 2017

Officials in a Nebraska school district have canceled scheduled talks at two high schools by a Palestinian Christian speaker due to concerns that Jewish students at one of the schools were being harassed ahead of her visit.

Nora Carmi is a Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist from Jerusalem who’s holding talks around the US this year, including a stop last week at Creighton University in Omaha.

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