The number of antisemitic incidents and assaults has soared in the United States over the past few days, following the recent Israel-Palestine conflict. In reaction to these concerns, several Jewish organizations took to writing a letter to the President, stating that his office needs to take necessary actions to combat the rise in antisemitic sentiments.
Last week, a group of major Jewish organizations wrote a letter to President Joe Biden, suggesting actions that he could take to bolster the administration’s response towards the visible rise in antisemitic incidents across the country. The letter was a joint effort between the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Jewish Federations of North America, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
In response to the letter, as well as the growing concerns, both VP Kamala Harris and Biden took to Twitter to condemn what was happening across the nation. “The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop,” tweeted Biden. “I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad—it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”
The letter, which thanked the administration for its role in reaching a ceasefire, also expressed fear over the fact the recent conflict has been used to amplify anti-Semitic rhetoric and embolden those looking to attack Jews and Jewish communities. Citing various instances of violence that took place in New York, Los Angeles and Tucson, the letter suggested five ways Biden could strengthen his response to anti-Semitism.
These include: unequivocally condemning anti-Semitism on a national level, appoint an ambassador-at-large to combat anti-Semitism, re-establish and fill the position of a White House Jewish liaison, hold a White House-convened conversation on anti-Semitism and invest in security enhancements for religious institutions.