At a Department of Justice anti-anti-Semitism summit on Monday, Attorney General William Barr said that the United States government would “not tolerate” anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish people and compared anti-Semitism to a “cancer” on American society.
Barr began his remarks by saying that he is “deeply concerned about the rise in hate crimes and political violence that we have seen over the past decade. And this trend has included a marked increase in reported instances of anti-Semitic hate crimes.”
In the United States today, “increasingly we are seeing hate-inspired violence against the Jewish community perpetrated by individuals and groups,” Barr said, mentioning recent attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Poway, California.
Barr also said, “In New York city this past year, we have seen a sharp uptick in attacks on orthodox Jews, particularly in the Crown Heights neighborhood. People are attacking Jews in the streets and vandalizing synagogues.”