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Ralph Nader accuses Blinken of ‘antisemitism against Arab-Palestinians’

The lawyer, of Lebanese descent, has often referred to antisemitism towards Muslims.

Ralph Nader in Jan. 1979. Photo by Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report/U.S. Library of Congress.
Ralph Nader in Jan. 1979. Photo by Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report/U.S. Library of Congress.

Lawyer and four-time failed U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader, 89, last week accused U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken of “antisemitism against Arab-Palestinians.”

Blinken is Jewish. The Winsted, Conn.-born Nader is the son of Lebanese immigrants.

“Another example of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s antisemitism against Arab-Palestinians,” Nader wrote to his 125,000 followers. “Earlier, he said the targeting of heat, water and electricity was a ‘brutalization of Ukraine’s people’ and ‘barbaric.’ He doesn’t use these words for the trapped and dying civilians in Gaza—children, women and men— being bombarded daily without food, water, medicine, electricity and fuel.”

Nader has previously referred to antisemitism against Muslims.

“Antisemitism against dying Arabs in Palestine, mostly women and children, is spreading among U.S. companies and corporate law firms,” Nader wrote last November. “They are throwing away job offers and resumes from young Americans who have spoken out against Israel’s genocidal war crimes and are supporting Palestinians’ rights to a state of their own. The lasting shame on these corporatists will not be forgotten.”

In May 2021, Nader wrote that U.S. President Joe Biden, then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi and other “AIPAC Democrats” engage “in the other antisemitism—antisemitism against Arabs. After 73 years of looking the other way, it’s time for the first congressional hearings featuring Israeli and Palestinian peace advocates.”

In March 2018, Nader called John Bolton, then-U.S. national security advisor, “a bigot against Arabs,” and, in the words of James Zogby, founder of Arab American Institute, guilty of the “other antisemitism.”

“He is an Islamophobe and makes no bones about it,” Nader wrote of Bolton.

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