WASHINGTON (AP) — Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harrissaid on Wednesday that hein pain right now” over rising anti-Semitism in United States, but will continue to speak out against this and other forms of fanaticism and hatred for “As long as I have this microphone.”
“There’s an epidemic of hate facing our country. We are seeing fast rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions,” said Emhoff, who Jew. “Let me be clear: Words matter. People don’t say silent parts anymore out loud. They literally scream them out.”
He said that this attitude is dangerous and should not be accepted.
“We can’t normalize it. We all have an obligation to condemn these heinous acts,” Emhoff said. “We must all, all of us don’t be silent.”
second gentleman, unofficial title of Emhoff, hosted debate at the White House on anti-Semitism and the fight against hatred with Jewish leaders representing the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox denominations of Faith.
Emhoff spoke in his opening remarks on growth up in “typical Jew” family”. He was born in New York area of Brooklyn and grew up up in New Jersey. He said that his great- grandparents escaped persecution in what Poland is now, and he remembered reading their names on ship’s manifest during a visit to Ellis Island, which was once an immigrant processing center.
“This is our identity. This is my personality and I in pain right now,” he said. “All in pain right now.”
Emhoff said he became a lawyer to stand up for others and fight inequality. He was a successful entertainment lawyer. in California when his wife was elected vice president.
In his current roleEmhoff has been increasingly outspoken about the growing prejudice against Jews, most recently public numbers with a large number of followers and hatred in general.
Emhoff said these anti-Jewish sentiments are spread through old clichés, misinformation and lies. He called them dangerous and said that there is no one or both sides in the conflict. issue.
“Everything, everything of us should be against it should be against anti-Semitism,” Emhoff said.
round table, which various White House and other officials also participated, followed by a surge in anti-Jewish vitriol spread by known public numbers.
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“Anti-Semitism is hatred of Jews,” said Deborah Lipstadt., who is President Joe Biden special envoy to control and combat anti-Semitism. “They hate Jews because they are Jews.”
Emhoff and other administration officials noted that Biden has secured increased funding from Congress to increase security at synagogues and other homes. of worship, appointed leaders such as Lipstadt to focus on hate crimesigned anti-Asian hate law crime and recently hosted vertex against hate violence.
Emhoff said Wednesday’s roundtable kicked off that.
“And as long as I have this microphone, I will speak out against hatred, bigotry and lies,” he said. “I won’t remain quiet. … I’m proud to be Jewish. IM proud of live openly as a Jew and not afraid. We refuse to be afraid.”
Among the participants were representatives of United synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Agudat, Conference of presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, American Jewish Committee, Orthodox Union, Jewish on Campus, National Council of Jewish Women, Hillel, Secure Public Network, Religious Action Center, Anti-Defamation League, Integrity Above All for America and American friends of Lubavitch.
White House Senior Advisors Susan Rice and Keisha Lance Bottoms also participated.