Top Democrats Condemn Recent Spate of Anti-Semitic Attacks

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readMay 24, 2021

President Biden, VP Harris, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other prominent Democrats have publicly denounced the violence. Will it be enough?

Washington, D.C. May 17, 2021. (Backbone Campaign)

“The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop,” President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter this morning. “I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad- it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”

Shortly after, Vice President Kamala Harris chimed in on a similar note.

“The kind of anti-Semitic attacks, like those reported over the last week, are disturbing and wrong,” chorused Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Intolerance like this has no place in New York or anywhere else, and it must be confronted and overcome.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised New Yorkers not to, “turn a blind eye to this hatred,” after meeting with local Jewish leaders about the serious spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes the city has experienced over the past week.

“The attacks we saw in Brooklyn last night were unconscionable. They were pure, unbridled anti-Semitism,” De Blasio tweeted on Sunday. “And we do not need to look too far back in history to know what happens if we let this hatred go unchecked.”

Other prominent Democrats, including NYC Mayoral Candidate Andrew Yang, have also condemned the attacks.

Democrats are responding to urgent calls from Jewish community leaders and nonprofit organizations dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, hate speech and discrimination.

“Use your bully pulpit to call out antisemitism,” read a letter sent to President Joe Biden Friday by the Jewish Federations of North America, the ADL, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah and the Orthodox Union. “Harness the authority of the Presidency of the United States Government to speak out loudly and clearly against antisemitism,” the letter urged.

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