ZOA Thanks Pres. Biden / VP Harris / Sec’y Blinken for Condemning Antisemitic Attacks Against Jews

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Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released the following statement:

The Zionist Organization of America thanks President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sec’y of State Antony Blinken, and First Gentleman Douglas Emhoff for condemning the hundreds of recent despicable antisemitic attacks against the Jewish community in the U.S. and around the world. Those attacks have mostly been perpetrated by Arab Muslims. ZOA hopes that President Biden and his administration will follow up on their condemnations with specific actions to stop these frightening antisemitic attacks, including employing FBI and other federal resources to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, and steps comparable to the multiple actions that the Biden administration recently took to address African American and Hispanic American attacks against the Asian American community.

President Biden tweeted: “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.” VP Kamala Harris tweeted: “The surge in anti-Semitic 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.” First Gentleman Emhoff tweeted: “The horrific rise in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community is reprehensible. Acts of hatred have no place in our society. We must stand together and reject hate and bigotry in all its forms.” Secretary Blinken tweeted: “When hateful ideology rises, violence is never far behind. I join @POTUS in condemning anti-Semitic attacks at home and around the world. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to stop hate in all its forms.”

ZOA urges President Biden to now take these steps to implement these sentiments to give antisemitic hate no harbor:

(1) Appoint and authorize FBI and federal task forces to investigate and help bring to justice the perpetrators of these hateful attacks against innocent Jews.

(2) Issue formal White House statements opposing antisemitic attacks, and outlining steps that the administration will take to combat antisemitism and antisemitic attacks, similar to the formal statements and steps undertaken by the Biden administration regarding anti-Asian hatred. (See, e.g., “FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Additional Actions to Respond to Anti-Asian Violence, Xenophobia and Bias,” The White House, Mar. 30, 2021; and “Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” The White House: Presidential Actions, Jan. 26, 2021.)

(3) Make a formal speech opposing antisemitism, similar to former President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address publicly condemning “the vile poison of antisemitism and those who spread its venomous creed” and featuring survivors of these ugly attacks.

(4) Appoint a strong Combatting Antisemitism Envoy, who has a proven record of standing up against antisemitism from all quarters—including neo-Nazis/white supremacists, hard leftists, and the scourge of Islamist/Arab antisemitism.

(5) Increase enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to protect Jewish students on college campuses. The antisemitic, Israelophobic incitement and attacks against Jews by the hate group “Students for Justice in Palestine” (SJP) on college campuses is a prime breeding ground for the hateful physical attacks that we are now experiencing against Jews on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, and cities throughout the country.

(6) Investigate and take steps to curb the use of TikTok and other social media platforms to incite antisemitic violence.

(7) Include information on perpetrators and their affiliations in FBI hate crimes data. This will significantly improve the usefulness of such data.

(8) Publicly condemn the antisemitic statements by members of Congress, including Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Betty McCollum, Pramila Jayapal, Bernie Sanders, Cori Bush, Jamal Bowman, and remove these antisemites from their Congressional committees. Their lies and ugly messaging is inciting violence against Jews throughout the country and the world as well as promoting irrational hatred of our greatest ally, the Jewish State of Israel. 

(9) End “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) and other divisive educational programs that encourage antisemitism and hatred of people based on the color of their skin, religion or national origin. Restore education that unites all Americans.

(10) Take steps, including education and speeches, to end the multiple blood libels and calumnies that falsely blame Israel, the “settlements” (Jewish homes in the Jewish homeland of Judea/Samaria and eastern Jerusalem) and the lack of a Palestinian Arab State (nonsensethey have been offered a State five times from 1937 to 2008 that was rejected each time because it required accepting Israel) for the lack of peace in the Middle East. When in fact the problem, as President Biden said, is not accepting Israel as a Jewish State within any borders. These blood libels incite violence against Jews throughout the world.

(11) Pre-condition any foreign funding (including to the Palestinian Authority or Gaza) on Palestinian leaders ending incitement and Jew-hatred. (See ZOA Urges Biden: Don’t Get Closer to or Provide Funds to Abbas’ PA or to Hamas’ Gaza Without Anti-Terror Conditions Met,” May 25, 2021.)

(12)  Pass the new bill to combat antisemitism introduced by Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN). 

Action Alert to Our Great ZOA Activists: Email (here) or Call the White House at 1-202-456-1414 (Switchboard) or 1-202-456-1111 (Comments) to thank the President for tweeting condemnation of antisemitic attacks on the Jewish community, and to ask him to now take the above actions. (Please email any responses to liz@zoa.org.)

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