Press Release

ADL Praises Biden Administration for Convening White House Roundtable on Antisemitism

New York, NY, December 7, 2022 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today praised the Biden Administration and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff for convening a White House roundtable on the rise of antisemitism in the U.S.

George Selim, ADL Senior VP for National Affairs, who attended today’s roundtable, issued the following statement:

“We are experiencing a perfect storm of rising antisemitism. Antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories are being normalized and mainstreamed through social media, celebrities, in politics and across society. We are incredibly gratified that the Biden Administration is committed to taking this threat seriously and is determined to use all of the tools at its disposal to counter these trends. We thank Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff for convening today’s roundtable with the Jewish community, which affirmed this administration’s commitment to working closely with our communal allies in this important struggle to push back on these forces of hate, that threatens all Americans.

“ADL deeply appreciates the important steps that the White House has taken so far to fight this rise in antisemitism at home and around the world. But our work has only just begun. The administration needs to adopt a unified national strategy to meet the moment of the day most effectively. We continue to urge lawmakers, policy leaders, and civil society to speak out and condemn antisemitism wherever they see it, and ADL adds its unequivocal support to that of over 120 Members of Congress calling on the Administration to form an interagency task force to address antisemitism.

 “While there is no single fix to this alarming trend, the president’s recent condemnation of Holocaust denial and distortion, and his unequivocal statement that “Silence is complicity, lay down an important marker. This is right the moment to send a message to the American Jewish community and our international partners that the United States is dedicated to taking concrete steps to counter antisemitism before it spirals out of control.”