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HEF of NU Statement on Antisemitism

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University calls for the White House, Congress, Governors, and leaders in all political parties, individually and collectively, to condemn and investigate thoroughly the recent rash of antisemitic and other racially charged attacks. Over 100 bomb threats to JCCs around the nation, the desecration of three Jewish cemeteries, the firing of a gun into a synagogue, and multiple instances of hate speech characterized by the use of Nazi symbolism no longer may be dismissed as isolated events carried out by a fringe minority. They must be recognized instead as the actions of people emboldened by an environment seemingly accepting of antisemitic, racial, ethnic, and gender-based hatred and discrimination. The time for non-committal statements and tepid denunciations is past.  The President’s leadership, and at the very least, the continued staffing and funding of the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, is crucial to ending this terrorism, discovering and holding responsible those behind it, and assuring all who live in the United States that this truly is, as the President stated in his recent address to Congress, a nation “that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”