The Jerusalem Post

US Senate passes resolution condemning rise in antisemiti­sm

- • By OMRI NAHMIAS Jerusalem Post Correspond­ent

WASHINGTON – The US Senate passed by a voice vote on Monday a resolution “unequivoca­lly condemning the recent rise in antisemiti­c violence and harassment targeting Jewish Americans, and standing in solidarity with those affected by antisemiti­sm, and for other purposes.”

Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada) and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), co-founders and co-chairmen of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemiti­sm, led a group of 58 senators, 29 from each party, to join the resolution.

“Antisemiti­sm remains a serious and growing danger for Jews in the United States and around the world,” the resolution reads. “In May 2021, antisemiti­c incidents and rhetoric have surged in the United States and around the world as hostilitie­s between Hamas and Israel escalated.”

The resolution urges the president “to continue the leadership role of the United States in combating antisemiti­sm internatio­nally, including by nominating a qualified Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Antisemiti­sm and engaging intergover­nmental organizati­ons to ensure that the anti-discrimina­tion efforts of the organizati­ons include combating antisemiti­sm.”

President Joe Biden has not yet named his nominee for the position.

The senators’ resolution called to “ensure the physical security of Jewish institutio­ns and organizati­ons, including by requesting sufficient resources for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program of the Department of Homeland Security to keep at-risk houses of worship, schools and community centers safe from terrorist attacks and other forms of antisemiti­c violence.”

The Jewish Federation­s of North America on Monday said it applauds senators Jacky Rosen and James Lankford for passing the resolution, which “sends a clear message against antisemiti­sm in all its manifestat­ions in the US and around the world.”

“The resolution emphasized and affirmed that inaction is inexcusabl­e,” it said in a statement. “We are grateful that the resolution expresses the Senate’s unwavering and unequivoca­l support of the Jewish community. We now call upon the federal government to fulfill the goals identified in this resolution by designatin­g a qualified Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Antisemiti­sm.”

Earlier on Monday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a survey conducted after Operation Guardian of the Walls in May. It found that three-quarters of American Jews “are more concerned about antisemiti­sm in the US and abroad, and 60% have personally witnessed antisemiti­sm because of the conflict in May.”

“The poll also found that 40% of American Jews are more concerned about their personal safety than before,” the ADL said. “Likewise, three-quarters of those polled (75%) indicated they were more worried than before about rising antisemiti­sm in other countries spurred by the conflict.”

Among the findings of the survey of American Jews, some 53% said they have witnessed more behavior or conduct deemed antisemiti­c than before the outbreak of violence, 18% said one or more of their personal relationsh­ips have suffered because of conversati­ons about the recent violence, and an overwhelmi­ng majority said they want federal and state leaders to do more to address the recent antisemiti­sm.

“Around the recent conflict in Israel and Gaza, there was a significan­t surge of antisemiti­c incidents in the US and abroad,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “American Jews are understand­ably now more concerned about the potential for violence overseas spilling over into antisemiti­c threats close to home. The antisemiti­c attacks we’ve witnessed in the streets and on social media in the past few weeks are weighing heavily on the American Jewish community.”

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