WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden on Monday expressed concern over a rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and globally and vowed to combat the crisis.
Addressing guests at a Hanukkah reception at the White House, Biden said “silence is a complicity” and said it was essential that the country condemn hate, violence and anti-Semitism.
“This year’s Hanukkah comes amid growing anti-Semitism at home and clearly around the world,” the president said. “I recognize your fear, your pain, your concern that this rejection and poison is becoming too normal.”
The President said: “I will not be silent. America will not remain silent.”
The celebration comes during a series of anti-Semitic episodes. Former President Donald Trump hosted a white supremacist and Holocaust denier at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Rapper Ye expressed his admiration for Adolf Hitler in an interview. NBA star Kyrie Irving appeared on social media to promote an anti-Semitic film. Neo-Nazi trolls are fighting for their return to Twitter as new CEO Elon Musk gives an “apology” to suspended accounts.
Biden said, “Today, we must all say loud and clear: Anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and violence in this country have no place in America.”
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, reported 2,717 episodes of anti-Semitic attacks, harassment or vandalism last year, a 34% increase from the previous year and the highest number since the New York City-based organization started. Record keeping in 1979.