Pompeo: US ‘Determined to Push Back’ Against Antisemitism Worldwide
The US government is committed to the fight against global antisemitism, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.
In a podcast interview with conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, Pompeo said, “Antisemitism can come from a number of directions, and sadly, it is indeed on the rise. It’s on the rise in Europe. You see the Corbynites, the Corbyn folks in the United Kingdom. You see the risk in France, and sadly, here in the United States as well.”
“We all know the history, and we each have an individual obligation to do all that we can to push back, certainly against the violence, and keeping people secure and safe, but also against the rhetoric, against the language, the antisemitic language that can be used, which causes others to engage in that violence,” he added.
“It’s deeply troubling to see this rise. I’ve spoken about this with great frequency. The president has as well. We’re determined to push back against it not only here in the United States of America, but around the world as well,” the secretary of state concluded.
According to an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report published on Tuesday, the number of physical assaults on Jews in the US more than doubled in 2018 from the previous year.
And a study released by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry on Wednesday, antisemitic attacks worldwide 13 percent worldwide last year from 2017, with the highest number of incidents reported in major Western democracies, including the United States, France, Britain and Germany.