The vice president’s spouse, Doug Emhoff, claims that the growth in antisemitism in the country is evidence of an “epidemic of hate” that cannot be normalized.
Jewish officials from the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox denominations participated in a conversation on the subject Wednesday at the White House under the direction of Emhoff, who is Jewish.
They will also talk about the fight against hatred.
Parts of the second man’s statements, which were made public in advance by the White House, include the idea that “right now, there is an epidemic of hate facing our society.” Be clear: Words are important. The quiet passages are now screamed out loud instead of being said aloud.
“We can’t make this commonplace. We all have a responsibility to denounce these heinous crimes, adds Emhoff. “We cannot remain silent. Both and neither are true. No two sides exist. All must oppose this.
The discussion, in which several White House representatives will also participate, comes in response to an increase in anti-Jewish rhetoric expressed by public personalities, including a well-known rapper and other well-known persons.
At his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump recently hosted Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist who denies the Holocaust.
In an interview, the musician Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, declared his admiration for Adolf Hitler. Kyrie Irving, a basketball player, was seen promoting an anti-Semitic movie on social media.
In response to Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk’s “amnesty” policy for suspended accounts, neo-Nazi trolls are screaming to return.
Emhoff, the first Jew among the president, vice president, and their spouses, has become more vocal against the rise of anti-Semitism and hatred in general in the United States. He described the situation as “painful.”
“This is not the end for me. The conversation is only getting started, Emhoff declares in his prepared remarks. And I’ll use this opportunity to speak out against bigotry, misinformation, and hatred as long as I have it.
He claims that he considers “the promise of America,” his relatives, and Ellis Island.
Emhoff laments that a little boy from Brooklyn, whose family fled persecution, maybe sitting here today serving as the first and second gentleman of the United States in the White House.
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Agudath, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, American Jewish Committee, Orthodox Union, Jewish on Campus, National Council of Jewish Women, Hillel, Secure Community Network, Religious Action Center, Anti-Defamation League, Integrity First for America, and American Friends of Lubavitch are among the organizations listed as roundtable participants by the White House.
Senior presidential aides Susan Rice, Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Deborah Lipstadt, the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, are among the participating White House officials.