New White House press secretary urged Democrats to skip pro-Israel conference

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre smiles next to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 5, 2022, after it was announced Psaki would step down from her role next week and be replaced by Jean-Pierre. - US President Joe Biden on May 5, 2022 named Karine Jean-Pierre as the next White House press secretary, the first Black woman to hold the high-profile post. Jean-Pierre, who will also be the first openly LGBTQ+ person in the role, will replace Jen Psaki, under whom she served as deputy, from May 13, according to a White House statement. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Assessment: I didn’t think Barack Obama could be outdone in appointing an ant-Semitic Cabinet, I was wrong …

New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre once urged Democrats to skip a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, claiming it was “severely racist.”

The bipartisan gathering has long been an uncontroversial part of American public life, but in recent years has become more divisive as Democrats have drifted away from America’s closest ally in the region over the unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict.

“When it comes down to it, AIPAC’s policies are not progressive policies. AIPAC’s values are not progressive values,” Jean-Pierre wrote in a Newsweek Op-Ed in 2019. “It’s time to call a spade a spade.”

“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more …” 2 Sam. 7:10

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, right, listens as incoming press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks

In the piece, she blasted the conference as “severely racist” saying it has “become known for trafficking in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while lifting up Islamophobic voices and attitudes.”

“You cannot call yourself a progressive while continuing to associate yourself with an organization like AIPAC that has often been the antithesis of what it means to be progressive,” she added, while also taking a shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

She wrote the Newsweek piece while serving as a Senior Advisor and National Spokesperson to MoveOn, a Democratic advocacy group. Jean-Pierre has also worked as a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs since 2014.

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