Arizona Jewish organization criticizes state senator for ‘thinly veiled hate speech’

By Lacey Latch | Arizona Republic

Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers is being criticized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix for comments she made on Twitter.

An Arizona Jewish organization has criticized a social media post from a state senator, calling it “thinly veiled hate speech.”

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix responded to a Twitter post from Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, who commented on Saturday on a report of thousands of migrants apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We are being replaced and invaded,” Rogers wrote on Twitter. The language prompted a response from the Jewish organization, which saw the post as rooted in an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix is deeply concerned with Sen. Rogers’ use of extremist terms that have inspired some of the worst atrocities in recent history,” Paul Rockower, the organization’s executive director, wrote in a prepared statement.

“Given the uptick of antisemitism and extremism in our state, and across the country, Rogers’ use of thinly-veiled hate speech is dangerous and has no place in the rhetoric of Arizona’s elected officials.”

The exchange was first reported by The Informant, a publication dedicated to covering hate and extremism in America. 

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