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New York Times Editor Talks About Antisemitism, Anti-Israel ‘Conspiracy-Minded Thinking’ in ‘The View’ Appearance

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New York Times op-ed editor and writer Bari Weiss talked about antisemitism in the United States while appearing on “The View” on Monday.

Weiss, who is Jewish and had her bat mitzvah at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh — where 11 Jewish worshipers were murdered by a white supremacist gunman in October — began by discussing rising antisemitism across Europe, including the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and violent attacks against Jews in Paris and Berlin.

Weiss said that she always thought the United States was different than Europe “not just because of our love of religious liberty and the fact that the founders themselves always had embraced the Jewish population of this country, but the fact that we don’t have a history of genocide and anti-Jewish pogroms, and the fact that we don’t have a flood of immigrants from it from countries where antisemitism is the norm.”

“The fact that I thought America was an exception has changed,” she added. “I am now worried that what we are seeing in Europe could be coming here, and that’s for a few reasons.”

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Weiss continued to express concern regarding “conspiracy-minded thinking” and “the idea that the Jews are a secret power that control the world” as a rising sentiment in both the political left and right. The New York Times editor then discussed Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s now-deleted tweet about Israel having “hypnotized” the world, saying that antisemitism was often “smuggled” by the far left into the mainstream “under the guise of progressive values.”

The liberal Zionist, as she described herself, additionally criticized the policies of the Israeli government, and particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership, before explaining her viewpoint on the differece between being antisemitic and criticizing the Jewish state.

She said, “Where it crosses a line is when it becomes about dehumanizing Israel, Israelis and Jews, and when you say that the largest Jewish community on planet earth seventy years after the Holocaust does not have a right to exist in the Jewish ancestral homeland. That’s when it crosses a line.”

Watch Weiss on “The View” below:

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