09/18/2014

Taking Action to Confront Anti-Semitism

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Cars burning in the French neighborhood of Sarcelles after a protest in which a synagogue was partially burned.

In the past several years – and especially in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – there has been a marked increase in anti-Semitism, manifested by vandalism, violent attacks, and chants of “Death to the Jews” across the world. The rise of anti-Semitism globally and particularly in Europe is a significant and serious problem, and one that is deeply troubling given the unique and tragic history of the Jews in that region. This problem has serious implications not only for the Jewish communities of Europe, but also for Israel and the worldwide Jewish community. Please urge your Representative to support the bipartisan resolution (H.Res.707), authored by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Nita Lowey (D-NY), condemning anti-Semitism and calling on Secretary of State Kerry to take specific action to confront it. Significantly, the resolution underscores that frustration over events such as the Israel-Hamas war does not justify anti-Semitic hatred or attacks. The U.S. is well poised to make a difference, and to set a standard for resolve and action other world leaders should follow.

The Anti-Semitism Resolution passed the House.

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