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House, Senate antisemitism task forces meet with interagency group members

Susan Rice, Liz Sherwood-Randall and Douglas Emhoff are working to “counter antisemitism, Islamophobia and related forms of discrimination and bias.”

Second gentlemen Doug Emhoff attends the 21st anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks, held at One World Trade Center. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.
Second gentlemen Doug Emhoff attends the 21st anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks, held at One World Trade Center. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

Co-chairs of the House and Senate Bipartisan Task Forces for Combating Antisemitism met on May 10 in the U.S. Capitol with Susan Rice, White House domestic policy adviser; Liz Sherwood-Randall, homeland security adviser; and Douglas Emhoff, the Jewish husband of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Rice, Sherwood-Randall and Emhoff are part of an interagency group working to “counter antisemitism, Islamophobia and related forms of discrimination and bias,” which U.S. President Joe Biden has directed to form a national strategy to respond to antisemitism.

Emhoff said at the meeting that there is an “urgent need” for a strategy as antisemitism is on the rise stateside. Rice and Sherwood-Randall “described the ongoing process of developing the strategy, informed by robust consultation with a diverse array of stakeholders, and future plans to implement the strategy,” according to a meeting readout.

“Members of Congress provided feedback and insights for the strategy based on their own efforts to counter antisemitism,” added the White House.

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