This morning, the White House unveiled its strategy for combatting antisemitism. Jewish Federations strongly advocated for the creation of the interagency taskforce to combat antisemitism that led to this report, and regularly consulted with the White House in an advisory capacity.
Jewish Federations of North America Chair Julie Platt released the following statement in response:
Jewish Federations of North America applaud President Biden and his team for crafting a broad plan to address rising antisemitism that embraces many of our policy priorities, including funding the Nonprofit Security Grant Program at $360 million, funding for the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, and ensuring quality Holocaust education.
As communal leaders in each of the four pillar areas outlined in the plan, Federations are essential for advancing any "whole of society" approach to combating antisemitism at the local, state, and national levels.
We are pleased that the White House reaffirms the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, and maintain our commitment to its uncontested use. As the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism Amb. Deborah Lipstadt has said many times, the IHRA definition is broadly accepted and effective in combating the oldest hatred.
The unprecedented spike in antisemitism has caused significant pain and alarm in our communities, and we look forward to working with Congress, the Administration, and civil society groups to enhance security and fight back against all forms of hate and make our country a safer place.
Jewish Federations also signed onto a joint statement regarding the strategy.