In heritage month message, Obama says US Jews still face bigotry
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In heritage month message, Obama says US Jews still face bigotry

President says he is committed to fighting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, reaffirms unwavering support for Israel

US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Washington D.C. (AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS)
US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Washington D.C. (AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS)

WASHINGTON — Jews continue to face bigotry in the United States, President Barack Obama said in his Jewish Heritage Month proclamation.

“This year, Jewish American Heritage Month begins as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau by American soldiers,” Obama wrote in his proclamation issued Thursday for the month, which is designated as May by US law.

“We are once again reminded that the vibrant culture of the Jewish people has not always been embraced,” he wrote. “As tragic events show us all too often, Jewish communities continue to confront hostility and bigotry, including in America.”

In the proclamation, Obama said he remains “committed to standing against the ugly tide of anti-Semitism in all its forms, including in the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust” and reaffirmed “America’s unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel and the close bonds between our two nations and our peoples.”

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