Biden Condemns 'Despicable' Antisemitic Attacks Emerging After Israel-Gaza Fighting

Remarks come days after leading U.S. Jewish organizations urged him to speak out about a wave of attacks in the U.S. and abroad

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U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House yesterday.
U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House yesterday. Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM - AFP
Ben Samuels
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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday forcefully condemned a wave of antisemitic attacks that has followed the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

"The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor," Biden tweeted.

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Vice President Kamala Harris joined Biden in decrying the wave of antisemitism, saying that "the surge in antisemitic attacks against the Jewish community in the U.S. and around the world is despicable — it must be called out, condemned, and stopped. As a country, we must stand united against hate of any kind."

Biden's remarks came days after several leading mainstream U.S. Jewish organizations urged Biden to use his bully pulpit to forcefully condemn violent incidents targeting Jews in the U.S. and abroad, as well as on social media.

They also urged him to appoint an ambassador at large to monitor and combat antisemitism and reestablish and fill the position of White House Jewish liaison, as well as to "convene – in person, if possible – stakeholders from the Jewish community, as well as key officials from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and the FBI, to discuss the current events and threats, and action steps to address them." 

They further called on him to combat antisemitism on college campuses and to invest in security enhancements for religious institutions. "While this is not an exhaustive list, we recognize that eradicating antisemitism, the world’s oldest form of hatred, requires a multi-pronged approach," they write.