“We have no tolerance for discrimination against anyone, and that certainly applies to our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Cuomo said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new $3 million initiative on Thursday aimed at helping community organizations fight back against hate crimes. The city was already facing an uptick in violent assaults targeting Asian Americans when reports of anti-Semitic incidents began earlier this month.
“I heard the fear they felt, the pain they felt, the sense of insecurity. We can’t let that happen in New York City,” the mayor said.
They sent a letter to Biden on Tuesday asking him to lead a “united, all-of-government effort to combat rising antisemitism in this country.”
CNN has reported that a group of Biden administration officials was expected to meet with Jewish advocacy groups and stakeholders Thursday.
“Targeting Jews for being Jewish is not activism or a foreign policy debate — it’s antisemitism. We condemn anti-Jewish hate, violence against Jews, and antisemitism in all spaces — no caveats and no qualifiers,” the organizers said in a statement.
A Holocaust museum in Florida was vandalized
When officers arrived at the museum, they discovered that a swastika and anti-Semitic language had been spray painted. Detectives are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, police said in a statement.
“This act of hatred demonstrates that the work of the Florida Holocaust Museum is more important than ever,” Elizabeth Gelman, the museum’s executive director said in a statement.
“We remain committed to our vital mission to prevent future genocides and educate people about the dangers of antisemitism and other forms of racism and hatred. Clearly, our society still has a long way to go,” she added.
CNN’s Laura Ly, Gregory Lemos, Rob Frehse, Anna Sturla, Ryan Nobles and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.
Source: CNN – US News