Carly Fiorina Wrong in Attacking President Obama

Carly Fiorina said that she had never heard President Obama stand up and talk about anti-Semitic attacks against the American Jewish community. She could not be further from the truth.

President Obama has a strong history of supporting our community and condemning anti-Semitism in this country and around the world. He spoke out against anti-Semitism when addressing a Jewish synagogue in Washington, D.C. during Jewish American Heritage Month, last May:

“And in recent years, we’ve seen a deeply disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in parts of the world where it would have seemed unthinkable just a few years or decades ago.  This is not some passing fad; these aren’t just isolated phenomenon.  And we know from our history they cannot be ignored.  Anti-Semitism is, and always will be, a threat to broader human values to which we all must aspire.  And when we allow anti-Semitism to take root, then our souls are destroyed, and it will spread.”   

He also made this clear during the Righteous Among Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy January 27,  of this year:

“Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise.  We cannot deny it.  When we see some Jews leaving major European cities -- where their families have lived for generations -- because they no longer feel safe; when Jewish centers are targeted from Mumbai to Overland Park, Kansas; when swastikas appear on college campuses -- when we see all that and more, we must not be silent. 

An attack on any faith is an attack on all of our faiths.  It is an attack on that Golden Rule at the heart of so many faiths -- that we ought to do unto others as we would have done to us.  For Americans, in particular, we should understand that it’s an attack on our diversity, on the very idea that people of different backgrounds can live together and thrive together.  Which is why -- your father was right -- we are all Jews.  Because anti-Semitism is a distillation, an expression of an evil that runs through so much of human history, and if we do not answer that, we do not answer any other form of evil.  When any Jew anywhere is targeted just for being Jewish, we all have to respond as Roddie Edmonds did -- “We are all Jews.””

In this year’s State of the Union Address, Obama voiced that violence against any group is not okay:

“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened… It's why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It's why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims -- the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace.”

After the Kansas shooting at two Jewish centers left three dead in 2014, Obama condemned the acts as “horrific” and “heartbreaking”.

In addition, don’t forget that when a guard at the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC was killed by a white supremacist in 2009, President Obama made a statement. He urged Americans to see this crime as a reminder to remain “vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms.” He continued to say that,  "No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world."

When the most powerful person in the world speaks out against anti-Semitism and hate, he should be supported and praised, not attacked. Fiorina should apologize immediately and correct the record.