Eliana Johnson

New Koch Group Dogged by Charges of Anti-Semitism

Quincy Institute staff and scholars bring a long record of attacks on American Jews, Israel to the organization

Launched in early December, the Quincy Institute entered the fray to a cavalcade of press from outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Politico. While much ink has been spilled on the organization’s financial backers and its attempts to chart a new direction in U.S. foreign policy, less attention has been paid to whether it has managed to distance itself from the anti-Semitic bigotry that was intertwined with the America First Committee, of which Koch’s father, Fred Koch, was a prominent member, and that dogged the most extreme parts of the Bush-era antiwar movement.