‘Antisemitism Has No Place in America’: White House Establishes Inter-Agency Group to Combat Rising Jew-Hatred

U.S. President Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky / AP.

December 13, 2022

The White House announced on Monday the establishment of an inter-agency group to “increase and better coordinate U.S. government efforts to counter antisemitism, Islamophobia, and related forms of bias and discrimination.”

“As President [Joe] Biden has made clear: antisemitism has no place in America,” a White House statement said. “All Americans should forcefully reject antisemitism — including Holocaust denial — wherever it exists.”

Biden, the statement noted, has “tasked the inter-agency group, as its first order of business, to develop a national strategy to counter antisemitism.”

“This strategy will raise understanding about antisemitism and the threat it poses to the Jewish community and all Americans, address antisemitic harassment and abuse both online and offline, seek to prevent antisemitic attacks and incidents, and encourage whole-of-society efforts to counter antisemitism and build a more inclusive nation,” it added.

“We look forward to working with advocates, civil rights leaders, civil society, and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to continue countering the scourge of antisemitism,” the statement concluded.

The inter-agency group will be led by Domestic Policy Council staff and National Security Council staff at the White House.

Just this past Tuesday, a bipartisan group of 125 U.S. Congress members sent a letter to Biden urging interagency coordination to monitor and combat the growing threat of antisemitism in the U.S.

Also last week, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff convened a White House roundtable discussion with a group of more than a dozen American Jewish leaders to speak about the “epidemic of hate facing our country.”