Biden Condemns 'un-American' Wave of Antisemitic Attacks, Vows Action

'We must all stand together to silence these terrible and terrifying echoes of the worst chapters in world history, and pledge to give hate no safe harbor,' the president says in an extensive statement

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President Joe Biden speaks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, on Friday.
President Joe Biden speaks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, on Friday.Credit: Patrick Semansky/AP
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
Washington

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden released on Friday an extensive statement decrying the "despicable, unconscionable, un-American" wave of antisemitic attacks that has erupted in the wake of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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"In the last weeks, our nation has seen a series of antisemitic attacks, targeting and terrorizing American Jews," Biden's statement reads. "We have seen a brick thrown through window of a Jewish-owned business in Manhattan, a swastika carved into the door of a synagogue in Salt Lake City, families threatened outside a restaurant in Los Angeles, and museums in Florida and Alaska, dedicated to celebrating Jewish life and culture and remembering the Holocaust, vandalized with anti-Jewish messages."

The president said he would not allow Americans to be intimidated or attacked because of who they are or the faith they practice, adding "We cannot allow the toxic combination of hatred, dangerous lies, and conspiracy theories to put our fellow Americans at risk." 

Biden added that the Department of Justice, under Attorney General Merrick Garland, would deploy all of the tools at its disposal to combat hate crimes.

"In recent days, we have seen that no community is immune. We must all stand together to silence these terrible and terrifying echoes of the worst chapters in world history, and pledge to give hate no safe harbor," Biden added.

The president noted that May is Jewish American Heritage Month, when the U.S. honors "Jewish Americans who have inextricably woven their experience and their accomplishments into the fabric of our national identity; overcoming the pain of history, and helping lead our struggle for a more fair, just, and tolerant society"

"Let us all take up that work and create a nation that stands for, and stands up for, the dignity and safety of all of our people," Biden concluded.

His extensive statement comes after bipartisan lawmakers and leadership from both houses of Congress, as well as leading American-Jewish organizations, have stepped up calls on the administration to further combat the wave of violence targeting the Jewish community over the past several weeks.

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