Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris and the first Jewish spouse of an American president or vice president, is scheduled to lead a White House roundtable on Wednesday about the rise of antisemitism in the U.S.
The roundtable comes amid increasing reports of antisemitic incidents throughout the country. The Anti-Defamation League reported 2,717 antisemitic incidents in the U.S. in 2021, a record high since the organization began tracking in 1979 and a 34% increase over 2020.
Antisemitic rhetoric in recent weeks from rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Kyrie Irving of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, have been most notable. Ye went on Infowars host Alex Jones’ show last week and attacked Jews while showing appreciation for Nazis and Adolf Hitler. Irving last month tweeted a link to an antisemitic movie and was suspended eight games for refusing to apologize and condemning antisemitism, and Nike on Monday severed ties with the athlete.
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