Biden’s new press secretary is not a friend of Israel.
The New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre previously urged Democrats to skip a meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee because they were deemed as “racist”.
Jean-Pierre made the comments in an op-ed and was quoted saying “when it comes down to it, AIPAC’s policies are not progressive policies”.
Now with Psaki gone, Jean-Pierre is sure to make even more headlines in the upcoming weeks to come.
"In her 2019 op-ed, Jean-Pierre accused AIPAC of being 'severely racist' saying the pro-Israel lobbying group has 'become known for trafficking in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while lifting up Islamophobic voices and attitudes'." @MiddleEastEye https://t.co/2rhCyCGoHi
— Palestine Deep Dive (@PDeepdive) May 10, 2022
Incoming White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has been criticised by Israeli media due to past criticism of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).https://t.co/vJG5IjCFnD
— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) May 9, 2022
The New York Post chipped in with these details:
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.”
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.
Amidst all the celebration of Biden’s new press secretary checking multiple boxes in identity politics, the mainstream media forgot to mention that she hates Israel.https://t.co/Cz9LDUfQi9
— David M Friedman (@DavidM_Friedman) May 7, 2022
The Times of Israel shared these details:
US President Joe Biden named as his next press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, a former official of the activist MoveOn group who endorsed its call on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the annual AIPAC conference.
Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and the first openly LGBTQ person in the job and succeeds Jen Psaki, who has reportedly accepted an offer from MSNBC as a commentator, as the lead voice for the Biden administration with the media. She has been principal deputy press secretary after starting in the Biden administration as a senior adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris.
Jean-Pierre has drawn fire from some in the pro-Israel community for a 2019 op-ed in which she endorsed pressure by MoveOn on Democratic Party presidential candidates to boycott the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“When it comes down to it, AIPAC’s policies are not progressive policies. AIPAC’s values are not progressive values,” Pierre wrote in the 2019 piece, saying that the group’s failure to forcefully call out the Trump administration’s bigotry disqualified it as a venue for Democrats.