Hawley Demands Biden SBA Nominee Renounce Anti-Semitic Rhetoric

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Following new revelations today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called for Biden nominee Dilawar Syed to explain his work for an organization that has engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Syed is the Biden Administration nominee for deputy director of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Syed previously sat on the board of an organization, Emgage Action, that has echoed the anti-Semitic remarks of Representative Ilhan Omar and others, including calling Israel an “apartheid state” and accusing Israel of “war crimes.”

“Dilawar Syed was a director for an organization that has engaged in anti-Semitic rhetoric, including amplifying false statements that Israel is an ‘apartheid state.’ This rhetoric is disgusting and inexcusable. Mr. Syed must renounce this hateful rhetoric and explain his association with this organization. The Small Business Committee must convene a hearing to ask Mr. Syed about these actions and determine whether he is fit to serve.” 

Senator Josh Hawley