Members of Congress on Tuesday launched a “Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating anti-Semitism” in light of “increased levels of hatred” around the globe toward Jews.
“Around the world, we are witnessing an alarming rise of anti-Semitism that is dangerous and complex,” a bipartisan group of representatives wrote in a statement.
“Over the past few years, Jewish schools, synagogues, and even homes and property have been targets of anti-Semitic violence,” the members wrote. “Jewish populations are facing increased levels of hatred, frequently under the guise of political differences or other alibis, but in reality it is solely because of their faith.”
The co-chairs include Democratic Reps. Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel and Steve Israel of New York, and Ted Deutch of Florida, as well as Republican Reps. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Kay Granger of Texas and Peter Roskam of Illinois.
The task force will be a forum for “educating members on this distinct form of intolerance and to engage with the executive branch, foreign leaders, and civil society organizations for the sharing of best practices and cooperating on solutions to rebuff this disturbing trend,” according to the statement.
“It is the responsibility of everyone who believes in basic universal liberties and freedoms to condemn this trend and work together to root out the hatred which underlies anti-Semitism,” they explained.
“We look forward to working with our colleagues in Congress to find innovative solutions that match the 21st century face of this age-old bigotry.”