President Joe Biden slammed a recent sickening display of anti-Semitism in Beverly Hills, California after the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce urged the White House to publicly denounce the incident.
Anti-Semitic flyers were strewn on the front yards of a number of homes in the wealthy Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles on the first night of Chanukah by a yet-to-be identified individual, which contained classic anti-Semitic tropes and blamed Jews for the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions and vaccine mandates.
The White House was made aware of the incident by Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce CEO Duvi Honig, who is in frequent contact with the Biden administration on a variety of matters.
Mr. Honig apprised White House officials of the incident, who expressed disgust at the anti-Semitic act, with Mr. Honig issuing a request for the president to speak of the incident at the White House Chanukah party. A White House official confirmed that the request would be forwarded to the president and the administration would continue working with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce on the matter.
President Biden heeded Mr. Honig’s request, mentioning and condemning the anti-Semitic act at the White House Chanukah party on Wednesday evening, calling the incident “horrible.”
“We just saw an incident so horrible anti-Semitic – flyers being left at people’s homes in Los Angeles,” President Biden said. “We must stand against the resurgence of this tide of anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and hate, here at home and around the world.”
The president assured the Jewish attendees at the Chanukah celebration that he is a partner with them in the fight to end anti-Semitism and underlined his administration’s commitment to supporting Jewish communities across the United States and the world.
The Beverly Hills Courier acknowledged the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in the matter, writing in its Thursday publication as follows:
“The gravity of the recent anti-Semitic acts in Beverly Hills was highlighted by President Biden during the White House menorah lighting ceremony… Biden was made aware of this past weekend’s hate crimes in Beverly Hills by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce.”
“The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce is pleased that President Biden took the opportunity to publicly condemn this disturbing act of anti-Semitism in Beverly Hills, as well as all anti-Semitic incidents in the US and across the world,” said Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce CEO Duvi Honig.
“The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and I are honored and humbled to have a strong working relationship with President Biden and his administration, and look forward to working together in the future in battling the concerning trends of anti-Semitism, both in the US and globally, as well as on numerous other issues.”