This week, Jewish leaders will be hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, for a discussion on the growth of antisemitism and measures to combat hate in the country.
The White House roundtable on Wednesday comes in response to a spike in anti-Jewish rhetoric espoused by a well-known rapper, an NBA player, and other well-known individuals.
Emhoff is the first Jew among the president, vice president, and their spouses, who make up the top four leaders in the executive branch of government.
He has become more vocal about the rising anti-Semitism and hatred in America.
When asked about the rise in antisemitism during his participation at the NewDEAL Leaders meeting of state and local authorities in Washington on Friday, Emhoff responded, “It’s painful; it hurts.”
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 stated that he did not want this feeling to “feel normal” in his statement at the conference.
He declared that I don’t want people to dismiss it as mere words.
“As community leaders, we must all speak out against this. Therefore, as long as I have this microphone, I will keep speaking up and bringing up important issues, including hatred and bringing people together, not just about antisemitism.
“That’s not right. It’s not acceptable,” Emhoff added.
“We can’t keep quiet. We must fight back. We need to speak up. And we can’t normalize this. No, we can’t.
The White House did not disclose the Jewish leaders who will attend the discussion on Monday.
Deborah Lipstadt, the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, and senior presidential advisers Susan Rice and Keisha Lance Bottoms, were scheduled to attend.