President Biden on Monday is condemning “despicable” anti-Semitic attacks against American Jews in the U.S. as his administration is set to travel to the Middle East this week.
“The recent attacks on the Jewish community are despicable, and they must stop,” Biden said in a tweet. “I condemn this hateful behavior at home and abroad–it’s up to all of us to give hate no safe harbor.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in a phone call Thursday that he plans on traveling to the region “in the coming days” to meet with his Israeli, Palestinian and regional counterparts, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the conversation.
The recent conflict saw Israel unleash hundreds of airstrikes across Gaza. Hamas and other armed groups fired more than 4,000 rockets toward Israel, most of which were intercepted by the country’s missile defense system, known as the “Iron Dome,” or landed in open areas.
At least 248 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, were killed in the fighting, according to Palestinian health officials. At least 12 people in Israel, including two children, died as well.
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