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US envoy discusses hostility towards Jews with Saudi authorities

A US envoy said Thursday that he had discussed prejudices against Jews with Saudi officials prior to next week’s visit to President Joe Biden, which could help bring the Kingdom closer to Israel. Deborah Lipstadt, a special mission to monitor and fight anti-Semitism in the State Department, said he had discussed ways to counter hatred, including teaching the Middle East how Jews are indigenous. Lippstadt, who told Reuters at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said her inaugural tour as a special envoy, including a visit to Israel shortly after Saudi Arabia, was not a precursor to Biden’s visit, despite similar schedules. ..