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Biden speaks out against antisemitic attacks, says ‘they must stop’

US President Joe Biden applauds during the commencement for the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, May 19, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
US President Joe Biden applauds during the commencement for the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, May 19, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

US President Joe Biden speaks out against a wave of antisemitic attacks hitting Jewish communities in the US and around the world since the start of the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas on May 10.

“The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop,” Biden says on his official Twitter account.

“I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”

Biden’s statement comes three days after several prominent US Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Orthodox Union and Hadassah, appealed to the president to take steps to rein in the spate of attacks in cities throughout the United States.

“We fear that the way the conflict has been used to amplify antisemitic rhetoric, embolden dangerous actors and attack Jews and Jewish communities will have ramifications far beyond these past two weeks,” the Friday letter said, according to the Washington Post.

We “urge you to speak out forcefully against this dangerous trend and stand alongside the Jewish community in the face of this wave of hate before it gets any worse.”

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