White House releases first national strategy to fight antisemitism

The Biden administration has released the country’s first national strategy for combating antisemitism, a landmark plan aimed at addressing a growing problem.

The strategy outlines over 100 steps that federal agencies have committed to completing within a year, and more than 100 specific calls to action aimed at Congress, civil society, state and local governments, academic institutions, businesses and religious communities.

The White House says it was informed by input from more than 1,000 stakeholders from all areas of society. Its four pillars focus on raising awareness, improving security, reversing normalization and building solidarity.

President Biden called the plan the “most ambitious and comprehensive U.S. government-led effort to fight antisemitism in American history”.

“It sends a clear and forceful message,” Biden said. “In America, evil will not win. Hate will not prevail. The venom and violence of antisemitism will not be the story of our time.”

This is the administration’s latest in a series of efforts to combat antisemitism, as reported incidents continue to shatter records.

“Antisemitic conspiracy theories fuel other forms of hatred, discrimination, and bias — including discrimination against other religious minorities, racism, sexism, and anti-LGBTQI+ hate,” said the White House release.

“Antisemitism seeks to divide Americans from one another, erodes trust in government and nongovernmental institutions, and undermines our democracy.”


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