White House press secretary says she misheard question about anti-Semitism during briefing

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The response received backlash online, including from a Democratic lawmaker who criticized the “weak response.” in a post on Xformerly known as Twitter.

“What a weak response,” the representative said. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) posted Monday night. “The simple answer is yes, you are concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism. Of course, we are also concerned about hate against American Muslims. You have to do better.”

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the world has been increasing since the war between Israel and Hamas began earlier this month, according to the Anti-Defamation League. United States Attorney General Merrick Garland has led American lawyers across the country to stay in close contact with state and local officials as threats against the Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities increase.

President Joe Biden denounced both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia during a speech in the Oval Office last week, following the death of Wadea Al-Fayoume, the 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy who authorities say was stabbed to death because he was Muslim.

“We cannot stand by and remain silent when this happens,” Biden said. “We must denounce anti-Semitism without a doubt. We must also denounce Islamophobia without a doubt. And to all those who are suffering, I want you to know that I see you. You belong. And I want to tell you this: You are all Americans.”

Jean-Pierre has already condemned anti-Semitism during several press conferences at the White House. in a October 12 Briefingnoted that “the entire Biden-Harris administration” is “committed to doing everything possible to protect us against anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.”

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