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1,500 rabbis accuse ADL of ‘misplaced charges of antisemitism’ in calling for Tucker Carlson’s firing

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In response to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) call for Fox News to fire host Tucker Carlson, the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) on Tuesday penned a letter accusing the organization of “grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism.”

The letter was backed by 1,500 traditional orthodox rabbis, who argued to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt that “the ADL has become markedly partisan under your leadership.”

The ADL had called for Carlson to be fired because, in a Thursday segment on the program “Fox News Primetime,” the conservative firebrand claimed that Democrats are coordinating a “replacement” of current U.S. voters with immigrants from the “Third World.”

“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson charged. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it: That’s true.”

Later in the segment, Carlson argued that the idea he was advocating was not racist, saying: “I mean, everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, you know, the white replacement theory? No, no, no. This is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”

The conspiracy theory that Jewish people are coordinating a “great replacement” of white Westerners with nonwhite immigrants is popular among white supremacists. This theory, as The Jerusalem Post noted, fueled the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, as well as other attacks. Infamously too, far-right marchers at the 2017 “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia chanted “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”

On ADL’s blog, the organization wrote that “the alt right has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the United States’ most visible extremist movements,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

In the CJV’s letter, the signatories argued that—among other things—the ADL’s focuses on neo-Nazis of the “alt-right” too much when discussing the recent increase in antisemitic incidents in a published guide called “Naming the Hate,” charging that the guide says “nothing regarding for more dangerous, leftist adherents of radical Islam.”

Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch wrote to the ADL that Fox News will not be firing Carlson over claims that he endorsed “replacement theory.” Murdoch, in his response, cited Carlson’s statement that came later in the segment.

“A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory,” Murdoch wrote in the letter on Sunday to Greenblatt. “As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.’”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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IG Audit shows nonprofit wasted $17 million taxpayer dollars on hotels to not house illegal foreign nationals

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An audit report by the Inspector General shows enraging information as to exactly how millions of dollars from the American people were completely wasted.

One doesn’t need to read past the IG report’s headline to become furious: “ICE Spent Funds on Unused Beds, Missed COVID-19 Protocols and Detention Standards while Housing Migrant Families in Hotels.”

In summary, an unbelievable $17 million was wasted on not housing illegal foreign nationals. At the heart of the story is Endeavors, a nonprofit which has received half a billion dollars in taxpayer money “through no-bid government contracts to house foreign nationals who illegally entered the U.S. and were released by the Biden administration instead of being deported” reports The Center Square.

The audit evaluated the process used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to grant no bid contracts to Endeavors and their compliance with federal law, the article explains.

The report evaluated an $86.9 million sole source contract first awarded to Endeavors earlier this year. The contract was awarded for six months to provide “temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled and are therefore placed in immigration proceedings for their removal from the United States,” The Center Square previously reported.

Months after it received its first no bid contract, Endeavors received a second $530 million contract and hired former Biden administration official Andrew Lorenzen-Straight as its senior director for migrant services and federal affairs, Axios reported.

The Center Square explains:

Sole source contracts are used when an agency can demonstrate the contract meets specific and justified criteria. If contracts don’t meet one of the criteria, they must be awarded through an open competitive process.

Endeavors has no professional history of providing housing services and has never provided beds or all-inclusive emergency family residential services, OIG auditors found. Those critical of DHS’ contract process argue the agency should be awarding contracts through an open competitive process to ensure that those bidding for funds can offer the services they claim they can provide.

Under the contract in question, for six months between March and September 2021, Endeavors was responsible for providing 1,239 beds and other necessary services in hotels. It used six hotels and repurposed them as Emergency Family Reception Sites to accommodate families staying less than three days while ICE considered conditions of release, including alternatives to detention.

The IOG made four recommendations for ICE to improve its contracting and oversight of hotel facility management and operations. “ICE concurred with one recommendation and didn’t concur with three. Based on information ICE provided in its response, the IOG said it considered one recommendation resolved and closed, and three recommendations administratively closed.”

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