Just as the Obama administration put up J Street, Soros’ anti-Israel front group, as the public voice of American Jews on Israel, the Biden administration’s antisemitism monitor will be a leftist who supports and covers for leftist antisemitism. Anything else is unthinkable.
As Jonathan Tobin reports at JNS, Nancy Kaufman, a Sarsour ally, is in contention.
Now it appears that there is also serious support for Nancy Kaufman, a veteran liberal Jewish community professional and the former CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women. As an article in The Forward made clear, Kaufman is the clear choice of “progressives.” And given the increasing sway that the left has in the Biden administration, she may be the most likely choice.
As The Forward pointed out, though Kaufman claims to be a mainstream supporter of Israel, she only thinks of the IHRA definition as “an interesting tool” and opposes codifying it into law. That means that she opposes the passage of laws that outlaw discriminatory business practices rooted in BDS boycotts of Israelis and Israeli products…
Even more damning, in the course of pursuing anti-Trump and liberal political activity, she has made common cause with and even praised open anti-Semites like Mallory and Linda Sarsour when they worked at the Women’s March, from which they were ultimately booted for their support for Farrakhan and discrimination against Jewish women.
Among Kaufman’s supporters is the viciously anti-Zionist IfNotNow group, which seeks to sabotage Birthright Israel trips…
Just as telling is the support Kaufman has received from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Just last week, Weingarten invoked anti-Semitic tropes and toxic critical race theory arguments to defend her union’s outrageous stand against reopening public schools.
I wrote about the National Council of Jewish Women, a radical leftist group with a history of allying with antisemites.
In 2017, Nancy Kaufman, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NJCW), signed on to a letter defending Linda Sarsour against charges of antisemitism, that blared, “We will not stand by as Sarsour is falsely maligned, harassed and smeared”.
The Sarsour letter was organized by the Soros group, Bend the Arc, and the other signatories came from a range of anti-Israel hate groups, including J Street, If Not Now, and, T’ruah.
Those are some of the same anti-Israel hate groups with which NCJW joined in the so-called Hatikvah slate endorsed by Peter Beinart who has backed BDS and wrote a New York Times editorial declaring, “I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State”.
When the furor broke over the Women’s March whose leaders, including Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, were in trouble over anti-Semitism, former NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman declared that her organization’s agenda, “is in complete alignment with the national policy agenda of the Women’s March and the Women’s March movement.”
“I have 60 chapters across the country. And they’re reading about Louis Farrakhan, who, you know, hates Jews and is anti-Semitic, and why is the Women’s March supporting Louis Farrakhan. And you’re trying to message this and have conversations. It isn’t easy,” Kaufman later whined at a discussion with Sarsour and Mallory.
Nancy Kaufman is as qualified to be an antisemitism monitor as Richard Spencer or Marc Lamont Hill.
Will the Biden administration still pick her? Its appointments have come from the Left. Kaufman seems like a likely choice and the establishment organizations will remain silent rather than oppose an ally of antisemites.