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Biden releases new strategy to tackle rise in antisemitism

Biden releases new strategy to tackle rise in antisemitism

International Desk

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced what he said is the most ambitious and comprehensive undertaking by the US government to fight hate, bias and violence against Jews, outlining more than 100 steps the administration and its partners can take to combat an alarming rise in antisemitism.

Speaking during a videotaped address at the White House, Biden said the first US National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism sends a "clear and forceful message" that "in America, evil will not win, hate will not prevail" and "the venom and violence of antisemitism will not be the story of our time."

Months in the making, the strategy has four basic goals: increasing awareness and understanding of antisemitism, including its threat to America, and broadening appreciation of Jewish American heritage; improving safety and security for Jewish communities; reversing the normalization of antisemitism and countering antisemitic discrimination; and building "cross-community" solidarity and collective action to counter hate.
Jewish organizations largely applauded the administration's effort.

The strategy also calls on Congress, state and local governments, tech companies and other private businesses, faith leaders and others to help combat bias and hate directed at Jews.

Tech companies are asked to establish "zero tolerance" policies against antisemitic content on their platforms. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has committed to launching an education research center.

Professional sports leagues and clubs are asked to use their platforms and clout to raise awareness. The White House public engagement office will invite members of the public to describe how they have supported Jewish, Muslim or other communities that are different from their own.

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