White House to Hold Summit to Combat 'Hate-fueled Violence' Amid Antisemitism Spike in the U.S.

The United We Stand summit – aimed at preventing radicalization and violence – comes during a major spike in U.S. antisemitism, with the Anti-Defamation League finding the highest number of incidents over the last year since it began tracking them

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in Somerset, Massachusetts, last month.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in Somerset, Massachusetts, last month.Credit: Evan Vucci /AP
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WASHINGTON – The White House will host a summit next month aimed at highlighting the Biden administration's response to hate-fueled violence and further plans to combat such radicalization.

Biden will convene the United We Stand summit on September 15, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, which she said would "bring together heroes from across America who are leading historic work in their communities to build bridges and address hate and division, including survivors of hate-fueled violence."

The summit comes amid a dramatic spike in nationwide antisemitism, with the Anti-Defamation League finding the highest number of incidents in the last year since it began tracking them in 1979. The White House highlighted attacks targeting synagogues in Pittsburgh and Poway, as well as other hate-based attacks in Oak Creek, El Paso, Atlanta and Buffalo as part of a "disturbing series of hate-fueled attacks" against which Americans remain overwhelmingly united in their opposition.

Biden has repeatedly cited the presence of white nationalists and neo-Nazis in the 2017 Charlottesville march as the reason he decided to run for president, comparing their "antisemitic bile to what we heard in the 1930s in Europe."

People wearing antisemitic symbols argue during a protest outside the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida July 23, 2022.Credit: Marco Bello/REUTERS

Since taking office, Jean-Pierre noted in the statement, the administration has taken a number of actions to counter hate-motivated violence, including signing the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, releasing the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism and signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, "the most significant legislation in three decades to reduce gun violence."

The summit will include a bipartisan group of federal, state, and local officials, civil rights groups, faith and community leaders, technology and business leaders, law enforcement officials, former members of violent hate groups who now work to prevent violence, gun violence prevention leaders, media representatives, and cultural figures.

It will also feature a keynote speech from Biden, according to the White House, as well as "inclusive, bipartisan panels and conversations on countering hate-fueled violence, preventing radicalization and mobilization to violence, and fostering unity."

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