White House anti-bias working group meets on antisemitism

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Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff serves as keynote speaker during the lighting of the National Menorah near the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 28, 2021. Photo by Dmitriy Shapiro.

Public servants from across the federal government assemble to fight Jew-hatred.

 Officials from dozens of federal agencies and White House offices met Monday to discuss efforts to counter antisemitism.

The meeting was part of the Interagency Group to Counter Antisemitism, Islamophobia and Related Forms of Discrimination and Bias.

Emhoff shared his findings from a recent trip to Poland and Germany, where he participated in Holocaust remembrance events and attended an international meeting on combating antisemitism.

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The working group is also holding “listening sessions with external stakeholders and experts to help inform the national strategy to counter antisemitism,” according to the White House.

The interagency group was founded in response to record antisemitism nationwide, as reflected in the Anti-Defamation League’s tracking. “Incident data shows that we are experiencing a crisis of rising antisemitism unlike any we have seen in more than 40 years,” the ADL stated.

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