President Biden is about to create an interagency group to increase and coordinate U.S. government efforts to combat “anti-Semitism, Islamaphobia, and other related forms of bias and discrimination.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday evening that the interagency group would be led by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the White House National Security Council.
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“As President Biden has made clear: anti-Semitism has no place in America,” Jean-Pierre said Monday. “All Americans should strongly reject anti-Semitism – including Holocaust denial – wherever it exists.”
President Biden has tasked the group with developing a “national strategy to combat anti-Semitism.”
Jean-Pierre said the strategy “will improve understanding of anti-Semitism and the threat it poses to the Jewish community and all Americans.”
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The strategy also aims to tackle antisemitic harassment and abuse online and offline, and will seek to prevent antisemitic attacks and incidents.
The group will encourage “whole of society” efforts to combat anti-Semitism and “build a more inclusive nation.”
“We look forward to working with advocates, civil rights leaders, civil society, and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to continue to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism,” Jean-Pierre said.
The announcement comes after the White House condemned former President Trump for hosting Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago last month.
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Fuentes, a white nationalist, has a history of making racist remarks and engaging in Holocaust revisionism – although he has claimed he does not deny the Holocaust. Ye has also faced criticism for making anti-Semitic remarks.
“Bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism have absolutely no place in America, including at Mar-a-Lago,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.
“Holocaust denial is repugnant and dangerous, and it must be strongly condemned,” Bates said.
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Trump, in an interview with Fox News last month, said he did not know Fuentes and said that if Fuentes had expressed his views during their “very quick dinner” it “would not have been accepted “.
“I had never heard of the man – I had no idea of his opinions, and they were not expressed at the table during our very quick dinner, otherwise it would not have been accepted”, said Trump.
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The former president, who announced his 2024 presidential campaign earlier this month, told Fox News Digital that “there is no one who has proven to be more of a friend to Israel than Donald Trump. “.