Doug Emhoff and Deborah Lipstadt light candles at Auschwitz
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US Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff on Thursday called on the international community to take “bold collective” against antisemitism and denounced those who remain silent.

“This moment requires bold collective action and urgency, not just concepts,” said Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris. "We need everyone to be committed and unified in this mission."

Emhoff, the first Jewish spouse of an American vice president, was speaking at a United Nations summit, VOA reported. The even was co-hosted by the United States, Israel, Canada, Argentina, Britain and Morocco.

“We must build coalitions to tackle this epidemic of hate,” he said. “We must bring together people from all backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities, because hate is interconnected. It affects everyone.”

Emhoff has been active in the administration’s campaign to tackle increasing antisemitism, recently travelling to Krakow, Poland and Berlin, Germany, and organizing an antisemitism town hall at the White House in December.

“It’s about all of us,” he said. “Antisemitism is often accompanied by other forms of hatred and intolerance.”

He added that it was essential to speak out against not just antisemitism but also Holocaust denial, distortion and misinformation.

When Emhoff was asked if he personally has been a victim of antisemitism, he responded: "I wouldn't say victimized by it like we're seeing attacks today, but I've experienced it."

He described antisemitism as an age old hatred that changes forms.

Deborah Lipstadt, the White House Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, who participated in a panel at the summit, echoed Emhoff.

“It changes. It’s like a virus — it adapts, but it remains,” Lipstadt said.

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