Moscow – The Biden Administration reacting to the spike in antisemitism has set up an interagency task force.
Russian political scientist and columnist Dmitry Bavirin took note of the announcement, and found it strange that the US had to cope with the old hatred at a time that “the protection of dozens of new genders is on the agenda”.
In a column ( Vz.ru, December 15, 2022.) titled “Biden Remembered about Protecting Jews Due to Money”, Bavirin expressed skepticism that solicitude for Jews was the driving motive. There were two major motives. The main motive was to prevent the defection of wealthy Jewish political donors to the Republican Party. The second motive was to use the new body as a “whip” to constrain the likes of House Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, on the Democratic Party’s left, who pose a threat to Biden and centrist political core of his administration.