For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2024

NEW YORK – In response to President Biden’s remarks at the Days of Remembrance commemoration hosted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Amy Spitalnick, CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), issued the following statement:

“We know that Jewish safety is inextricably linked to the safety of other communities and the health and vibrancy of our democracy. Rising antisemitic conspiracy theories and hate are a threat that undermines each and every American’s safety and our core democratic norms and values.

“Right now, antisemitism is being normalized in new and dangerous ways – used as a political weapon by those who seek to pit communities against one another and isolate Jews from the very coalitions we need to advance inclusive societies.

“We’re grateful for President Biden’s clear moral leadership confronting this threat, including through the historic U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. We urge Congress to quickly move the Countering Antisemitism Act forward for a vote, support robust implementation of the National Strategy, and significantly increase funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to investigate fully and address acts of antisemitism – and all civil rights violations – on campus. It’s time to make clear that just, inclusive societies are ones in which Jews and all communities are safe and free.”

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About JCPA
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is the national convener of Jewish coalitions, bringing together national and local partners to address the issues that most deeply affect our community and advance our most essential values. Our mission is to mobilize the robust community relations network in pursuit of a more just and democratic society for all, rooted in an abiding belief that Jewish security here and abroad is tied to the health of our democracy and strong relationships between communities.

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