On Friday, Jewsish groups wrote to President Biden as he has failed to address and speak out against the anisemitic violence across the nation, as pro-Palestinian activists targeted a synagogue, attacked pro-Israel protesters, and assaulted innocent bystanders.
On Sunday, a synagogue near Chicago was vandalized, and a “Freedom for Palestine” poster was found on the grounds.
On Tuesday, pro-Palestinian thugs attacked a group of diners in Los Angeles, in what police are investigating as a hate crime. On Thursday, pro-Palestinian protesters attacked Jews in Times Square and and spit on innocent restaurant goers.
Biden criticized the inter-communal violence between Jews and Arabs in Israel during a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in .
But he said nothing regarding the ongoing antisemitic attacks in the United States, sharing the silence of other Democratic leaders.
Earlier Friday, as reported by Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jewish groups asked that Biden speak out:
Biden has yet to address the incidents, and did not mention them on Thursday when he welcomed the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The attacks have included assaults on Jews by pro-Palestinian protesters.
“Use your bully pulpit to call out antisemitism,” said the letter sent Friday jointly by the Jewish Federations of North America, the ADL, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah and the Orthodox Union. “Harness the authority of the Presidency and the United States Government to speak out loudly and clearly against antisemitism.”
Kampeas asked Biden to keep President Donald Trump’s executive order on antisemitism, which classified Jews on college campuses a protected class under purposes of civil rights legislation.
He also noted that Biden had campaigned in 2020 on the claim of antisemitism and racism under Trump.
Biden launched his campaign based on the Charlottesville “very fine people” hoax, the false claim that Trump had referred to neo-Nazis who ran antisemitic marches in August 2017 as “very fine people.”
Earlier this week, Biden signed a new law aimed at stopping hate crimes against Asian Americans, noting that he was ashamed of what he called a history of anti-Asian bias in the United States.