Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff speaks about the Biden administration's antisemitism strategy at the State Department, May 25, 2023. (Screenshot)
Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff speaks about the Biden administration's antisemitism strategy at the State Department, May 25, 2023. (Screenshot)

Biden’s plan to combat antisemitism demands reforms across the executive branch and beyond

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden today unveiled a multifaceted and broad strategy to combat antisemitism in the United States that reaches from basketball courts to farming communities, from college campuses to police departments.

“We must say clearly and forcefully that antisemitism and all forms of hate and violence have no place in America,” Biden said in a prerecorded video. “Silence is complicity.”

The 60-page document and its list of more than 100 recommendations stretches across the government, requiring reforms in virtually every sector of the executive branch within a year. It was formulated after consultations with over a thousand experts, and covers a range of tactics, from increased security funding to a range of educational efforts.

The plan has been in the works since December, and the White House has consulted with large Jewish organizations throughout the process. The finished document embraces proposals that large Jewish organizations have long advocated, as well as initiatives that pleasantly surprised Jewish organizational leaders, most of whom praised it upon its release.

Ron Kampeas

Ron Kampeas is the D.C. bureau chief at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.