Orthodox Jewish Chamber Joins AAF coalition letter to U.S.Attorney General Merrick Garland asking the Administration to counter the rise of anti-Semitism


The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce joined the Advancing American Freedom coalition in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. The letter addresses the rise of anti-Semitism that is being seen across the country and specifically on college campuses. The chamber commends the leadership of Paul Teller, Executive Director of Advancing American Freedom, and Vice President Mike Pence for their efforts in coordinating this important letter.
The letter is addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, both of whom hold extensive jurisdiction over matters related to anti-Semitism in the United States. The letter brings to light the concerning increase in antisemitic vandalism, harassment, and violence, with a particularly shocking case involving the murder of an elderly Jewish American man in an altercation with an anti-Israel protester. These incidents are not isolated, and it is evident that there is a pressing need for action to protect the lives and rights of Jewish Americans.
The Chamber, along with the coalition, calls upon the Department of Justice and the Department of Education to outline the specific steps they are taking, and plan to take in the near future, to combat anti-Semitism and safeguard the Jewish community. The coalition emphasizes that this is not a time to remain passive, but rather a time for proactive and affirmative measures to confront and address this alarming trend.
Anti-Semitism is a deep-seated and pervasive issue that has persisted throughout history, often rearing its ugly head during times of social and political unrest. It is incumbent upon the government to not only acknowledge and denounce such acts, but to also take concrete actions to prevent and address them. As the premier law enforcement agency in the country, the Department of Justice plays a critical role in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes, including those targeting individuals based on their religious identity. Likewise, the Department of Education holds the responsibility of ensuring that educational institutions foster an environment that is conducive to learning and free from discrimination or intimidation.
The letter states how we are deeply concerned about the state of anti-Semitism in the United States, which has become a serious threat to the safety and well-being of Jewish Americans. Their participation in this letter reflects the urgency and gravity of the situation, as they seek to advocate for the protection of their community and all those who are affected by this wave of hate.
The message conveyed in the coalition's letter resonates with various stakeholders and community members who are united in their desire to see decisive action in response to the rise of anti-Semitism. It is essential for the government to take the concerns raised in the letter seriously and to respond with a comprehensive plan that addresses the root causes of anti-Semitism and provides robust measures to combat it.
The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, aligning with the Advancing American Freedom coalition, underscores the importance of mobilizing various sectors of society to stand together against hate and discrimination. By joining forces with other organizations and individuals who share their commitment to combating anti-Semitism, We amplify our advocacy efforts and send a clear message of solidarity and determination reflecting on a broader movement to address the pressing issue of rising hate crimes in the United States. Pressuring the government to heed the call to action and to take concrete steps to counter the surge of anti-Semitism and uphold the values of tolerance, equality, and respect for all is our ultimate goal.