U.S. Envoy Blasts ultra-Orthodox Extremists: ‘If This Happened in Another Country, Wouldn’t We Call It Antisemitism?’

Deborah Lipstadt, on her first visit to Israel as the U.S. antisemitism envoy, tells Haaretz about extremism at the Western Wall, changes in Saudi Arabia and whether not selling ice cream in settlements is antisemitic

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Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S. special envoy for monitoring and combating antisemitism, said on Tuesday that she was “deeply disturbed” by an event last week at the Western Wall in which non-Orthodox families holding bar- and bat-mitzvahs for their children were assaulted by ultra-Orthodox teens.

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