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Biden should fire White House official over anti-Israel tweets, antisemitism group says

Anti-Semitism watchdog groups are calling on the Biden administration to fire a recently promoted White House staffer whose anti-Israel posts resurfaced on social media this week.

Stop Anti-Semitism said Tyler Cherry, who was promoted to deputy White House communications director earlier this month, has called for the removal of Israel and has promoted anti-Israel views and anti-police commentary on social media for years.

“We expect this to be the most rapid-fire appointment and firing scenario in the history of the Biden administration,” Liora Rez, founder of Stop Anti-Semitism, told Fox News Digital. “For the Biden administration to either, A, not do the proper vetting and B, vetting and approving these types of close appointees … is just appalling.”

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Interior Department spokesman Tyler Cherry was appointed to the role in 2021 and was recently promoted to deputy White House communications director. (Getty Images)

Cherry, who worked at the Interior Department under Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for three years, removed about 2,500 of X’s posts between Sunday night and Monday morning. According to the Social Blade analytics website.

White House Senior Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital on Thursday that the White House is “very proud to welcome Tyler to our team.” Fox News Digital reached out to the White House again on Monday.

Cherry responded to the backlash over his promotion and past tweets on Sunday.

“The social media posts from when I was younger do not reflect my current views,” said Cherry, who was in her 20s at the time. I wrote to X“That’s it. I support the policies of this Administration and will continue to focus my outreach efforts on climate and environmental policy.”

Among his social media posts was an anti-Israel one from 2014 that went viral and reflects much of the rhetoric heard on college campuses today.

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Interior Department spokesman Tyler Cherry was appointed to the role in 2021.

Interior Department spokesman Tyler Cherry was appointed to the role in 2021. (Getty Images)

“Let’s join the bar to support an end to the occupation of Palestine. No shame or apology. #ISupportGaza #FreePalestine,” Cherry wrote on July 25, 2014.

“I am praying for Baltimore, but even more so for an end to a capitalist police state motivated by explicit and implicit racial bias,” Cherry posted in 2015, during the riots that erupted in Baltimore after the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody.

In 2018, Cherry Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be abolished.

Anti-Israel rhetoric has been on the rise following attacks on Israeli communities by Hamas terrorists on October 7. The Biden administration provides military aid to Israel but has also been criticized for attempting to direct a military response in Gaza.

“The Biden administration has forgotten that it took 10 years to find and remove Osama bin Laden, so it is extremely distasteful and disappointing that after only nine months, President Biden is pressuring Israel to withdraw from Gaza and thwart Israel’s attempts to remove Hamas terrorists from power,” Rez said. “It’s out of proportion. Ten years was a slower time than nine months. We don’t understand it.”

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An Israeli soldier hoists the Israeli flag atop an armored personnel carrier (APC) near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, Monday, April 15, 2024.

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Rez said the Biden administration has appointed people with anti-Israel views to key positions, citing Maher Bitar, special assistant to the senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, as an example.

Bitar has been accused in the past of spreading hatred towards Israel and promoting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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“We’re moving from scratching our heads and asking, ‘what is going on?’ to asking whether this is a deliberate attempt to give an anti-Semite a seat in the White House,” she said.

Fox News Digital’s Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

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