Washington D.C., May 26, 2021 / 11:01 am
Leading U.S. bishops on Wednesday decried a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States, and called for prayers.
“The recent rise in antisemitic attacks across the nation is deeply troubling,” Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and Bishop David Talley of Memphis stated on Wednesday. Archbishop Gomez is the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB), and Bishop Talley is the chair of the USCCB ecumenical and interreligious affairs committee.
“We cannot remain silent when we witness our brothers and sisters suffering on account of being Jewish, and we will never tire of our commitment to decry every form of hatred, especially those formed in contempt of faith,” the bishops stated.
The Anti-Defamation League has reported a rise in incidents of anti-Semitism, with reports of Jews in the United States being physically attacked by people yelling anti-Semitic slurs.
Some members of Congress also wrote President Biden on May 25, asking for a “united, all-of-government effort to combat rising antisemitism in this country,” in a letter reported by Punchbowl News.
They cited recent incidents including a Jewish man being attacked in Times Square by a group of people yelling anti-Semitic slurs, and a pro-Palestinian group in Los Angeles attacking restaurant diners while using anti-Semitic slurs.
“Jews across the United States are facing an extraordinarily tense environment of fear and insecurity,” they wrote.
The bishops, in their letter, called for dialogue and a “culture of encounter” as preached by Pope Francis, condemning violence.