Biden condemns antisemitism at White House Hanukkah event

US President Joe Biden said he will not remain silent as long as antisemitism in the US is on the rise during the Hannukah event at the White House.

President Joe Biden said he will not remain silent in the face of growing antisemitism in the United States during the Jewish festival of lights, the Hannukah event held at the White House, reports the Deutsche Welle.

“Silence is complicity,” he said, adding, “I will not be silent. America will not be silent.”

“I recognize your fear, your hurt, you worry that this vile and venom is becoming too normal,” Biden said as he stood next to a menorah, lit by guests to mark the second of the festival’s eight nights. This was the first-ever official menorah, which will now be the first Jewish artifact to be added to the White House archives.

First lady Jill Biden said, “The White House has never had its own menorah, until now. It is now a cherished piece of this home, your home, tonight”.

Biden’s move comes as reports of antisemitism have increased in the US. Last week, the president launched the development of a national strategy to counter antisemitism.