“Antisemitism has no place in the State Department, in my administration, or anywhere in the world,” declared US President Joe Biden on Tuesday after a swastika was found inside the US State Department building.
The Nazi symbol was found etched into the wall of a lift close to the office normally occupied by the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism. The State Department is working on the nomination of a new special envoy following the departure of Elan Carr in May.
He added that it was “up to all of us” to “stand up to bigotry wherever we find it” and ensure that hate had “no safe harbour”.
Meanwhile, four Republican members of Congress introduced a resolution condemning “the malignant and metastasising ideology of antisemitism.”
The resolution states that the House of Representatives “reaffirms the First Amendment Right to practise religion in public; its commitment to reject those who attack others based on ethnicity and race, and the right of Israel to exist and defend her citizens.”
It also reaffirms its commitment to “the necessity of law enforcement” to “protect Jewish citizens” from attacks in the United States. It also calls for the designation of Hamas as “a terrorist organisation” and calls for rocket attacks against civilians to be designated as “a terrorist tactic.” It also “upholds all Federal and local programmes dedicated to eliminating antisemitism.”