US President Joe Biden asked Congress to allocate an additional $200 million to the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the emergency supplemental appropriations package.
The extra NSGP funding would provide additional security to Jewish and Muslim institutions following the Hamas massacre of over 1,400 Israelis on October 7, which sparked a massive increase in antisemitic incidents in the US.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic incidents in the US are up nearly 400% in the wake of the Hamas massacre.
The move was welcomed by American Jewish organizations, including The Jewish Federations of North America, which said it "will protect our community and other religious communities", and explained that it is necessary. "Unfortunately, we know from experience that when terrorists attack Israel, the antisemites are encouraged to target the Jews here at home," they said.
The Orthodox Union also praised the President's request.
Nathan Diament, Orthodox Union Executive Director for Public Policy, said: “We appreciate the President’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s right to self-defense. And we applaud his clear statements repudiating antisemitism and his efforts to secure Jewish communities in the United States. The $200 million boost to the NSGP proposed by the President will tangibly help Jewish schools and synagogues secure their premises during this tumultuous time of increased antisemitic threats.”
Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Orthodox Union Executive Vice President, added: “Throughout history, Jewish people were rarely supported by national leaders in their plight against antisemitism. President Biden’s steadfast support of Israel and Jewish Americans shows how far we have come as a society.”