President Joe Biden condemned violence against Jewish communities in the United States and abroad on Monday after a string of attacks amid the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
Physical or verbal assaults were reported against Jews in Los Angeles, New York and South Florida during the 11 days of fighting in the region.
“The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop. I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad — it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor,” Biden wrote in a Twitter post.
In Los Angeles, several Jewish diners were assaulted by a pro-Palestinian group last week outside a restaurant in Beverly Grove. One minor injury was reported. A 30-year-old resident of Banning, Xavier Pabon, was later arrested by U.S. Marshals.
Five major Jewish groups urged Biden on Friday to call out antisemitism and recommended specific actions, including fighting hate on college campuses and enhanced security for religious institutions.
In a letter, the groups said there have been numerous antisemitic incidents around the world and in the United States, including on social media, since the Gaza conflict began.
“The perpetrators of these attacks deliberately targeted Jewish institutions and individuals for no other reason than their religion, justifying it with age-old antisemitic tropes, exaggerated claims, and inflammatory rhetoric,” the letter said.
The letter was signed by the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, Hadassah, Jewish Federations of North America and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, tweeted his thanks to Biden in response to the statement and said he hoped the assailants were swiftly brought to justice and hate crimes deterred.
“The demonization of Israel is clearly sparking this rise in antisemitism. It must be stopped,” Erdan wrote.
An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held into a fourth day on Monday. Medical officials said 248 people were killed in Gaza during the 11 days of fighting.
Medics said rocket fire and a guided missile attack killed 13 people in Israel.
Reuters and City News Service contributed to this article.