House Passes Resolution Urging EU Governments to Combat Antisemitism

The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution calling on European governments to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities and enhance efforts to combat anti-Semitic attacks.

HR 354, introduced by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), also urges the U.S. government to work with European governments and European law enforcement agencies encouraging them to partner with, share information, and train Jewish community groups to strengthen preparedness and response to anti-Semitic attacks.

“Seventy years after the Holocaust, we are seeing an alarming spike in anti-Semitic activity and violence targeting Jews throughout Europe,” Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (D-FL), one of the 89 cosponsors said. “As a member of the Intelligence Committee and the Bipartisan Task Force on Combating Anti-Semitism, I understand how crucial it is to the stabilization of communities in Europe that we forcefully stand up to anti-Semitism. The United States must make every effort to work with our European partners to keep the Jewish community safe and secure. I am proud to see the House come together to send a strong message to European governments on the vital role they must play in combating anti-Semitism.”

Last December, Murphy also hand-delivered a letter to the United Nations, signed by 88 members of Congress from both parties, urging the UN to work with member states to enact strong hate crime laws, expand education on diversity and tolerance in their own countries, and encourage heads of state to forcefully speak out about the dangers of anti-Semitism. This followed a bipartisan coalition of 78 members of Congress led by Murphy sending a letter to the Department of State’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism expressing concern over the surge in global anti-Semitism, and calling on the United States to continue to be a global leader in combating this problem.

The resolution passed by 418 votes.

Citing recent anti-Semitic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) stated, “The slaughter of these people, their persecution, leaves for humanity the thought: Have we learned nothing from the Holocaust? European leaders must unequivocally send this message to their people and act to provide greater protection for their Jewish citizens.”

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