The nation is seeing an increase in attacks on the Jewish community as tensions erupt over violence in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Biden’s statement on Friday was his second this week on the issue.
“We saw a brick thrown through the window of a Jewish-owned business in Manhattan, a swastika carved into the door of a synagogue in Salt Lake City, families at risk 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, ”Biden said in a statement.
The president continued, “These attacks are despicable, inadmissible, anti-American, and they must stop. “
“I will not allow our fellow Americans to be intimidated or attacked because of who they are or the faith they practice,” Biden said. “We cannot allow the toxic combination of hate, dangerous lies and conspiracy theories to put our fellow Americans at risk. “
“In recent days, we’ve seen that no community is immune,” Biden said. “We must all unite to silence these terrible and terrifying echoes of the worst chapters in the history of the world, and to pledge to give hatred no refuge. “
Last week, a group of five prominent Jewish organizations called on Biden to take a series of measures to combat the rise in anti-Semitic attacks. A group of Democratic House members who are Jewish then called on Biden to address the issue amid a rift within Congressional Democrats, especially between moderates and progressives, over how to resolve the Israeli conflict. Palestinian.
Four Democrats, led by Representative Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, sent a letter to Biden on Tuesday asking him to lead a “united, whole-of-government effort to combat the rise of anti-Semitism in this country.”
The problem also spilled over to Capitol Hill. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, sparked bipartisan outrage over her comments comparing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to continue to require MPs to wear masks on House floors in Germany during World War II and the treatment of the Jewish people by the Nazis.
CNN’s Betsy Klein and Phil Mattingly contributed to this report.