December 12, 2022 — New York
American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch today lauded an announcement by the White House that it would establish an interagency group to coordinate efforts to fight antisemitism and other forms of hate. Its first order of business will be to develop a national strategy to combat antisemitism.
"We thank President Biden for taking this bold move at a time when a coordinated government response to antisemitism and other forms of hate is needed more than ever,” Deutch said. “AJC stands ready to help the Biden administration develop a national strategy to combat antisemitism. Anti-Jewish incidents have risen to alarming levels all over the U.S. All must stand together against this hatred and continuously condemn it.”
The announcement follows an antisemitism roundtable at the White House last week, which was led by Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Deutch represented AJC at the roundtable and raised recommendations for the interagency group and the establishment of a national plan for combating antisemitism.
“A whole-of-government approach is essential so government agencies can quickly and effectively combat the world's oldest hatred as it morphs into contemporary forms," Deutch said.
According to the White House, the 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.”
AJC has advocated for a coordinated national antisemitism strategy in the United States following similar efforts in Europe.