At Hanukkah event, Biden condemns rising antisemitism

US President Joe Biden has condemned antisemitism at a White House party to commemorate the second day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

The joyful holiday, which is marked by lighting candles and eating oily foods, comes amid reports of a national and global uptick in antisemitic rhetoric.

Mr Biden, the second Catholic US president, said: “I will not be silent and America will not be silent.”

Anti-hate groups attribute the rise to online disinformation and hate speech.

On Tuesday night, Mr Biden noted that he was speaking to the crowd “in the midst of a rising emboldenment of antisemitism at home, and quite frankly around the world”.

“I recognise your fear. You’re hurt. You’re worried that this violent venom is becoming too normal,” he continued.

“Silence is complicity. We must not remain silent.”

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