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Biden’s Executive Powers Are Needed To End Antisemitism

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Ever since the Israeli forces retaliated against the terrorist Palestinian group Hamas after they fired rockets into Jewish territory, anti-Semitism has been spreading like wildfire in some parts of the world including the United States. Add to that, the pro-Palestine comments by U.S. politicians such as Ilhan Omar, that did nothing but to fan the flames of hatred against Israel.

President Joe Biden’s weak handling of the conflict and continued sending of aid to Palestine has emboldened the terrorist extremists and sparked a wave of anti-Israel sentiments in America. 

“Incidents included outdoor diners in Los Angeles who were physically attacked by a group carrying Palestinian flags, violence against orthodox Jews in New York City – home to the largest population of Jews outside of Israel – and Nazi imagery posted on a synagogue in Alaska this week,” BBC journalist Max Matza reported back in May.

“Pro-Palestinian protests and anti-Jewish vandalism at synagogues – which are quickly stepping up security due to the attacks – have also been documented in Illinois and Florida,” Matza continued.

“According to New York City police, there have been 80 anti-Semitic hate crime reports made this year, compared to 62 in the same period last year. They have stepped up patrols in Jewish communities, especially in orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods where the visibility of traditional Jewish clothing increases the likelihood of attack,” Matza added.

A month has passed and the Biden administration has done very little in curbing the situation, save for a post on twitter last month, slamming the attacks on the Jewish community in America.

“”The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor,” Biden tweeted in May.

This is why a bipartisan group of government leaders are urging president Biden recently to take action and put in more effort into fighting this kind of bigotry. Senators James Lankford (R-Okla) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev) have already crafted a resolution denouncing the burgeoning anti-Semitism in the country.

While the United States already has the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2019 that Biden can utilize, the law is only focused on anti-Semitism overseas and the one existing in our own backyard.

All of Joe Biden’s efforts clearly won’t be enough, what the president needs to do is issue an executive order or at least retain the one that Donald Trump has issued back when he was the president.

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