Nikki Haley Calls for a Crackdown on Anti-Semitism

Ever since Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an attack against Israel on October 7, 2023,  the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party has taken advantage of this international crisis to silence dissenting voices.

Nikki Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina and the US Ambassador to the United Nations, has been one of the most unhinged proponents of cracking down on rhetoric and content that could be construed as anti-Semitic. In this case, she wants a crack down on any individuals or organizations who oppose the Israeli government’s controversial actions and/or the US’s close relationship with Israel.

Haley tweeted the following on October 26, 2023:

You can’t fight antisemitism if you can’t define it. Joe Biden and the Left refuse to call anti-Zionism antisemitism. As president I will change the official federal definition of antisemitism to include denying Israel’s right to exist, and I will pull schools’ tax exemption status if they do not combat antisemitism in all of its forms – in accordance with federal law. College campuses are allowed to have free speech, but they are not free to spread hate that supports terrorism. Federal law requires schools to combat antisemitism. We will give this law teeth and we will enforce it. The United States of America will not use taxpayer dollars to fund antisemitism. Period. The Oct. 7 massacre and the ensuing weeks have proven what many of us have long known: There is no difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. In order to combat antisemitism, we have to define it, and that starts at the top.


It’s not the government’s business to define what constitutes anti-Semitism. These should be open discourse about the US’s relationship with Israel and the nature of the Zionist lobby’s influence on foreign policy decision-making in the US. 

Haley’s proposal should be categorically rejected and serve as a reminder why she is not qualified to be president of the United States.

Hopefully, Republican voters reject her in the primaries and most importantly, future Republican administrations do not bring her onboard in a key decision making position. 

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