Biden quells pro-Israel critics with Holocaust remembrance speech

President Joe Biden has blunted backlash from pro-Israel critics on both sides of the aisle for his handling of rising antisemitism in the United States, at least for now.

Biden condemned what he called a “ferocious surge” of antisemitism during a Holocaust remembrance ceremony Tuesday at the Capitol and reaffirmed his administration’s support for Israel amid rising tension with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

His remarks came after calls for weeks to more forcefully address antisemitism and hate speech in response to pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses across the country, some of which have been violent and included antisemitism.

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), a staunch Israel supporter and critic of Biden, said the president “spoke with moral clarity on the scourge of antisemitism.”

“The president’s unequivocal condemnation of antisemitism — wherever it arises — underscores his fundamental decency,”
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