Maintaining the safety and security of Americans currently affected by the crisis in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza is of the utmost importance. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, I'm committed to making sure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself, and that innocent civilians – including children – inside Gaza are protected from harm.
My staff and I are in regular communication with the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and other government agencies and we will continue to closely monitor developments on the ground.
Amid these difficult circumstances, we realize that there may be many Americans currently in Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Lebanon, including those who call Connecticut home, who are in need of accurate and up-to-date information about how to stay safe and get in contact with the U.S. Embassy. My team has compiled relevant guidance from the State Department to assist Americans in the region and answer their questions in emergency situations. I encourage you to share these with any family and friends that are traveling in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon or who have questions about the current situation.
In May, the Biden Administration released a first-of-its-kind U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, outlining a whole of society approach to tackling the scourge of antisemitism in America. You can find more information about action that government agencies are taking to counter antisemitism, as well as over 100 calls to action for Congress, State and local governments, companies, technology platforms, students, teachers and academics, civil society and faith leaders, and others HERE.
On November 1, the Biden Administration announced the development of the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia in the United States, to counter the scourge of Islamophobia and hate in all its forms. You can find more information about the strategy HERE.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my offices in Hartford or in Washington, DC.
You can reach my Hartford office at (860) 549-8463.
You can reach my D.C. office at (202) 224-4041.