Thank You to Ohio Reps Standing Up to Antisemitism

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Thank you to Representatives David Joyce, Marcy Kaptur, Anthony Gonzalez and Tim Ryan – who each signed on to an important letter from members of the House of Representatives to the Biden Administration calling for more robust measures to combat antisemitism. The letter, which you can read here, calls on President Biden to develop an inter-agency strategy to combat antisemitism and to nominate an Ambassador at Large to lead the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the State Department.

The complete text of the letter is as follows:


May 28, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

Just days ago, you signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which included the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act, to strengthen our national response to hate crimes after a frightening surge in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We applaud your administration for its willingness to confront and condemn all forms of hate; as you said at the bill signing, “Hate can be given no safe harbor in America.” As we now face a dramatic spike in violent antisemitism across this country, we urge you to continue your record of responding decisively to hate-based violence using these new tools at your disposal and take action to also protect the American Jewish community.

Hatred and bigotry against one community is often only a symptom of a deeper problem affecting all ethnic, racial, and religious minorities. We therefore stand in lockstep with all communities who face discrimination as they address injustice, discrimination, and bigotry. Recently, Congress stood proudly and in a bipartisan manner in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and against the rise in bigotry and violent attacks on individuals by passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

Jewish Americans are also deeply concerned by the rise in physical and violent antisemitic attacks taking place in communities across the country. In Los Angeles, patrons at a restaurant were identified as Jewish and violently attacked in an apparent attempt to hold them responsible for the conflict between Israel and Hamas. In New York, a protest devolved into individuals shooting fireworks into a crowd of Jews. There have been countless instances of inappropriate Holocaust invocations and deplorable comparisons of Nazi Germany to Jews and the State of Israel and horrific signs and social media posts suggesting Jews should return to the gas chambers where millions perished during the Holocaust. Between May 7 and May 14, more than 17,000 tweets used some variation of the phrase “Hitler was right.” In just the last few weeks, antisemitic incidents, both online and in-person, have increased by 75-80 percent in the United States.

We ask you to swiftly implement the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to strengthen hate crimes education and reporting by local law enforcement, particularly to identify and help prosecute antisemitic hate crimes. We strongly encourage the administration to develop an inter-agency strategy to combat antisemitism and protect American Jews using existing tools, including the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Because this trend of rising antisemitism is not limited to our borders, we also urge you to expeditiously nominate an Ambassador at Large to lead the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the State Department. While these new tools are critical, we also know that they are merely a first step. Education and solidarity are necessary to eliminate the root causes of antisemitism and racial discrimination.

The majority of all religious-based hate crimes in our country are against Jews, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hate Crime Statistics Act report.1 It was only a few years ago that the American Jewish community suffered its most deadly attack in our nation’s history at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This was followed by deadly attacks in Poway, California; Monsey, New York; and Jersey City, New Jersey. Regardless of what state or which side of the political spectrum antisemitism comes from, we must respond forcefully and immediately. We cannot wait for another attack to turn deadly before we respond.

We find our nation in a tense moment. Just days after we appropriately responded to anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents, we come together to urge a strong response to the rising antisemitism spreading in our country. We stand ready to work with your administration to unequivocally condemn and confront antisemitism across America and around the globe.


Theodore E. Deutch
Member of Congress
Grace Meng
Member of Congress

Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress
Brian Fitzpatrick
Member of Congress


Colin Allred
Jake Auchincloss
Troy Balderson
Karen Bass
Joyce Beatty
Ami Bera, M.D.
Don Beyer
Gus Bilirakis
Lisa Blunt Rochester
Suzanne Bonamici
Jamaal Bowman
Julia Brownley
Cheri Bustos
Tony Cárdenas
Ed Case
Kathy Castor
David N. Cicilline
Katherine Clark
Emanuel Cleaver, II
Steve Cohen
Gerald E. Connolly
Charlie Crist
Jason Crow
Madeleine Dean
Peter DeFazio
Diana DeGette
Suzan DelBene
Antonio Delgado
Mark DeSaulnier
Nanette Diaz Barragán
Debbie Dingell
A. Donald McEachin
Mike Doyle
María Elvira Salazar
Adriano Espaillat
Dwight Evans
Michael F.Q. San Nicolas
Lizzie Fletcher
Bill Foster
Lois Frankel
Andrew Garbarino
Sylvia Garcia
Carlos Gimenez
Jimmy Gomez
Anthony Gonzalez
Josh Gottheimer
Jahana Hayes
Brian Higgins
Steven Horsford
Chrissy Houlahan
Steny Hoyer
Jared Huffman
Pramila Jayapal
Hakeem Jeffries
Mondaire Jones
David Joyce
Kaiali’i Kahele
Marcy Kaptur
William Keating
Robin Kelly
Ro Khanna
Daniel T. Kildee
Derek Kilmer
Andy Kim
Conor Lamb
James Langevin
Rick Larsen
John B. Larson
Brenda Lawrence
Al Lawson
Barbara Lee
Andy Levin
Ted Lieu
Alan Lowenthal
Elaine H. Luria
Nydia M. Velázquez
Tom Malinowski
Nicole Malliotakis
Carolyn Maloney
Kathy Manning
Doris Matsui
Michael McCaul
Betty McCollum
James P. McGovern
Greg Meeks
Frank Mrvan
Stephanie Murphy
Jerrold Nadler
Grace Napolitano
Joe Neguse
Donald Norcross
Frank Pallone, Jr.
Chris Pappas
Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Sean Patrick Maloney
Donald M. Payne, Jr.
Scott Peters
Dean Phillips
Mark Pocan
David Price
Jamie Raskin
Kathleen Rice
Tim Ryan
John Sarbanes
Jan Schakowsky
Bradley Schneider
Kim Schrier
Brad Sherman
Mikie Sherrill
Albio Sires
Elissa Slotkin
Darren Soto
Abigail Spanberger
Jackie Speier
Greg Stanton
Haley Stevens
Marilyn Strickland
Tom Suozzi
Eric Swalwell
Dina Titus
Norma J. Torres
Ritchie Torres
David Trone
Juan Vargas
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Susan Wild
Nikema Williams
Frederica Wilson
Joe Wilson
John Yarmuth

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