This story was first published by The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation
President Joe Biden came out on Monday to condemn the recent attacks on Jewish communities in the United States and abroad.
“The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad- it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”
The antisemitic attacks have coincided with tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. Many Jews have been attacked by pro-Palestinian protestors while attending pro-Israel rallies in recent days.
Last Thursday, a Jewish man in New York City was beaten by a mob of the supporters of the “Free Palestine” movement who allegedly made antisemitic statements, punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed, and hit him with crutches. The victim was later hospitalized.
Across the globe, there have been similar attacks on Jews recently. In the United Kingdom, for example, antisemitic incidents have reportedly increased by 500%.
Biden didn’t immediately respond to the attacks. For days he kept silent and faced mounting pressure from advocacy organizations like the Orthodox Union, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Jewish Committee, and Hadassah.
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CIA director meets with Israeli PM to arouse regional support following drone attack
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By Jenny Goldsberry
Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns visited Israel Wednesday in an effort to rally regional support amidst attacks from Iran. Burns discussed possibilities for regional cooperation with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Late July, drones struck an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman. As a result, two crew members died. Since then, the United States blamed Tehran for the attack. Iranian officials deny their involvement.
At the time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House was noticing a disturbing pattern. “We feel it follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior,” Psaki said. “And these actions also threaten freedom of navigation through crucial waterways — something that is posing a risk to a range of countries around the world.”
Therefore, the press secretary suggested that countries get involved. “You know, I would also note that we know our British partners have called for action, called for steps in a coordinated way from international bodies, including the United Nations, which we would certainly support,” Psaki said. Now, Burns’ visit symbolizes the United State following through on the White House’s comments.
According to a statement from Burns’ office, he met with Bennett after meeting with the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligency agency David Barnea. Burns met the Israeli leader in Tel-Aviv. “They discussed the situation in the Middle East, with emphasis on Iran, and possibilities for expanding and deepening regional cooperation,” the statement read.
Next, Burns will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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