NEW YORK – In response to the Biden administration’s strengthening of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 aimed at curbing discrimination based on antisemitism or other religious biases, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said:
“I am extremely pleased that President Biden has instructed Cabinet agencies to clarify that people cannot be excluded from federal programs or denied benefits based on antisemitic bigotry under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This announcement is an absolutely essential message straight from the top at a time of rising antisemitism across the United States.
“This directive, which comes as part of the president’s National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, underscores the administration’s commitment and leadership in directing the vast federal government to coordinate and act to protect Jewish Americans and other populations.
“Religious bigotry has no place in American society, and we are heartened to see President Biden’s first-of-its-kind strategic plan continue to move from words to actions. We are hopeful that other urgently needed policy changes like these will be implemented in the near future, and I stand ready to support the federal government in this and any endeavor that protects the Jewish community.”
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