Biden to Condemn Antisemitism at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

President Biden on Tuesday will deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance, where he will draw on the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel to amplify concerns about antisemitism in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Biden’s address from Capitol Hill comes during weeks of protests on American college campuses against Israel’s war in Gaza, with students demanding that the Biden administration stop sending arms to Israel. In some cases, the demonstrations have included antisemitic rhetoric and harassment targeting Jewish students.

“You can expect the president to make clear that during these sacred days of remembrance, we honor the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and recommit to heeding the lessons of this dark chapter. Never again,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said on Monday.

“He will speak to the horrors of Oct. 7, when Hamas unleashed the deadliest day for Jewish people since the Holocaust, and he will speak to how, since Oct. 7, we’ve seen an alarming rise in antisemitism in the U.S., in our cities, our communities and on our campuses.”

The speech comes at a critical moment for Mr. Biden, who has struggled to balance his support for Israel’s war against Hamas with outrage over the toll it has taken on civilians in Gaza. Jewish groups have been pressuring the administration to take firmer actions to combat antisemitism.

On Tuesday, the administration will release new guidance from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights to every school and college in the country, outlining examples of antisemitic discrimination, as well as other forms of hate, that could lead to investigations for violations ofthe Civil Rights Act. The landmark legislation prohibits discrimination based on race, color and national origin, and the department has interpreted it as extending to Jewish students.

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