Biden Administration Faces Backlash for “Anti-Islamophobia” Strategy

( – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently cited an FBI crime report in October 2023 that showed antisemitic hate crimes in the US increased 37% between 2021 and 2022, disproportionately affecting the Jewish population of approximately 7.5 million, over 2% of the total. Yet critics pummeled the Biden administration after the announcement of the first-ever US National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia on November 1.

In addition to the announcement, Vice President Kamala Harris recorded a message on X, formerly Twitter, explaining that the administration released the first National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism in response to an unprecedented rise in hate crimes against Jews. She said that previously, the president had signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to speed the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes against Asians.

The VP emphasized that the administration focused on eradicating hate as a national priority. Harris claimed the nation saw an increase in hate crimes against Muslims or those perceived as Muslim resulting from the Hamas terrorist attack on Gaza on October 7. Therefore, she was announcing the nation’s first-ever formation of a National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia.

Critics included Dr. Gad Saad, a Lebanese-born Jew who now teaches evolutionary psychology at Concordia University in Quebec, Canada. He posted a tweet on X, formerly Twitter, citing recent FBI statistics that US Jews have become targets for 60% of hate crimes. Using biting sarcasm, he suggested that must be why the White House prioritized fighting Islamophobia.

Several other X commenters called the VP’s post “tone-deaf.” Pundit Mark Hemingway of Real Clear Investigations called the video posting a “slap in the face to American Jews,” experiencing hate crimes at a much higher rate. He conjectured that the Democratic party might be trying to influence votes in the swing state of Michigan, which has the greatest number of potential Islamic voters.

On October 27, President Joe Biden commemorated the fifth anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He grieved with the Jewish community and noted the anniversary came shortly after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust. Biden mentioned measures his administration had taken to curb hate and bigotry during his speech.

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