Shared from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs
The past 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. In a recent report, the State Department found that “throughout Europe, the historical stain of anti-Semitism continued to be a fact of life on Internet fora, in soccer stadiums, and through Nazi-like salutes, leading many individuals who are Jewish to conceal their religious identity.” Calls for Jews to be gassed were heard in Germany. More than 100 congregants were besieged for hours in a central Paris synagogue by an angry mob. The Turkish nongovernmental organization IHH (which instigated the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident) has threatened that “Turkish Jews will pay dearly” for Israel’s actions in Gaza. In Britain in July, there were roughly 100 anti-Semitic incidents, double the usual number. Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan stated that Israel’s defense against Hamas rocket fire amounts to “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.”
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 Speaker Boehner to bring to a vote this bipartisan resolution (H.Res.707), authored by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Nita Lowey (D-NY), which condemns anti-Semitism and calls 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.