Notable Quotes

Current & Former Heads of State

“We must confront antisemitism whenever it occurs. We must continue our work to defeat this stubborn evil of antisemitism. This still infects too much of our world, the pernicious lies that surface time and again, including here in our own country. We have to speak out every time antisemitism rears its ugly head – a lesson I learned early on. Regardless of when, regardless of where it is, regardless of when it happens. The reason we have to…indifference is silence, silence is consent.

Joseph Biden, 46th President of the United States

“All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries. This evil antisemitic attack is an assault on humanity. It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of antisemitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.”

“The antisemitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

“We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of antisemitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, or pray differently.”

Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

“Through centuries of struggle, Jews across the world have been witnesses not only against the crimes of men, but for faith in God, and God alone. Theirs is a story of defiance in oppression and patience in tribulation – reaching back to the exodus and their exile into the diaspora. That story continued in the founding of the State of Israel. The story continues in the defense of the State of Israel.”

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

We have always had a certain amount of antisemites among us,” Merkel said in the interview. “Unfortunately there is to this day not a single synagogue, not a single day care center for Jewish children, not a single school for Jewish children that does not need to be guarded by German policemen. Unfortunately over the years we have not been able to deal with this satisfactorily…but we have to face up indeed to the specters of the past.”

“There are two urgent questions that we need to answer. First, what did we really learn from the Shoah, this rupture of civilization? And second to the first question: Are our democratic institutions sufficiently strong so that an increase of antisemitism, or even if a majority presents antisemitism, it can be prevented in the future?”

“If today, 80 years after these pogroms and 70 years after the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany, we look at the situation, we see an ambiguous picture: There is flourishing life, Jewish life, an unexpected gift after the Shoah.”

“But at the same time we see a worrying antisemitism. Which means Jewish life in this country, and in other places considered safe havens for the world, is threatened. This antisemitism has increasingly erupted into incitement of violence online and in public places.”

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

“We have understood, with horror, that antisemitism is still alive. And on this issue our response must be unforgiving. France would not be itself if Jewish citizens had to leave because they were afraid.”

“We will never surrender to the message of hate, we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of antisemitism”

Emanuel Macron, President of France

“A century after those words were written, I believe that the Balfour Declaration paved the way for the birth of a great nation. The State of Israel has prevailed over every obstacle, from the harshness of nature to the visceral hostility of its enemies, to become a free society with a thriving and innovative economy and the same essential values that we in Britain hold dear.”

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Today, I rise in this House of Commons to issue a long overdue apology to the Jewish refugees Canada turned away. We used our laws to mask our antisemitism, our antipathy, our resentment. We are sorry for the callousness of Canada’s response. And we are sorry for not apologizing sooner…”

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“No nation is immune to antisemitism and xenophobia.”

Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel

“We have, in Israel, a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance, an engine of enterprise and an example to the rest of the world for overcoming adversity and defying disadvantages. It is only when you walk through Jerusalem or Tel Aviv that you see a country where people of all religions and sexualities are free and equal in the eyes of the law.”

“The boycotts, divestment and sanctions movement is wrong, it is unacceptable, and this party and this government will have no truck with those who subscribe to it. Our focus is the opposite – on taking our trading and investing relationship with Israel to the next level.”

“Antisemitism is racism. It has absolutely no place in our society and we must fight its bitter scourge wherever it rears its head. I’ve been proud to lead a government that is tackling such discrimination in all its forms – from making sure courts have the powers they need to deal with those who peddle hatred, to asking the Law Commission to undertake a full review of hate crime legislation. But there is yet more to do.”

Theresa May, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Let us make it clear that we will never turn our backs on our steadfast friends in Israel, whose adherence to the democratic way must be admired by all friends of freedom.”

“Israel was not created in order to disappear. Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”

“This nation, from the time of President Woodrow Wilson, has established and continued a tradition of friendship with Israel because we are committed to all free societies that seek a path to peace and honor individual right. We seek peace and prosperity for all of the Middle East firm in our belief that a new spirit of comity in that important part of the world would serve the highest aspirations and interests of all nations. In the prophetic spirit of Zionism all free men today look to a better world and in the experience of Zionism we know that it takes courage and perseverance and dedication to achieve it.”

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

“Antisemitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.”

William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States

Current & Former American Political Leaders

“Let me say this from the heart. Antisemitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America or anywhere in this nation. And anyone who slanders the historic alliance between the United States and Israel should not be sitting on the Foreign Affairs committee in the House of Representatives, … “All over the world antisemitism is on the rise. We see it on college campuses, in the marketplace and sadly even in the halls of Congress. You know, there was a time that support for Israel was not a partisan issue here in Washington.”

Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States

“We must also be vigilant against bigoted or dangerous ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House of Representatives

“Let me go on the record. Anti-Zionism is antisemitism.”

Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State

“At home and abroad, we continue to witness antisemitism that is both dangerous and complex. The recent desecration of Jewish grave sites and bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and Jewish day schools across the country are deplorable. And overseas, the antisemitic threats, vandalism, and violence aimed at Jewish schools, synagogues, kosher supermarkets, homes, and property are unacceptable. In light of recent events, it is more important than ever that Democrats and Republicans work together to root out hatred and racism in all its ugly forms. We look forward to working with our colleagues in Congress to find innovative solutions that match the 21st century face of this ancient bigotry.”

House of Representatives Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism

“This is a global problem. And just as in Europe and in the Middle East, antisemitism has three sources. The ethnic supremacist far-right, the anti-Zionist far-left, and radical Islam. Three groups that should hate each other more than they hate anything else on Earth. And yet, mysteriously, are united by their hatred of the Jewish people.”

Elan Carr, US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

“Antisemitism has for centuries included exactly what we’re seeing here today, including physical attacks against Jews; including attacks on the loyalty of Jews and accusations of dual loyalty; campaigns to boycott, to confiscate, or destroy Jewish businesses.”

“BDS is premised on a lie and it is antisemitism plain and simple.”

“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you, and God bless you.”

“Boycotts and other attacks on the livelihood of Jews have been part of antisemitism for centuries, and BDS is one of the latest manifestations.”

“It is an antisemitic movement that seeks to delegitimize and destroy the Jewish state, and deserves to be condemned. The United States and our allies, meanwhile, should stand with Israel and ensure that it has what it needs to defend itself diplomatically and militarily.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

One of the most pernicious and prevelant examples of antisemitism on campus is the campaign known as BDS. These campus bullies claim they stand for human rights. But we all know BDS stands for antisemitism. Watch Here

Betsy DeVos, US Secretary of Education

“The BDS movement is rooted in the antisemitic belief that the only Jewish state in the world doesn’t have a right to exist. There is a clear difference between political speech critical of any government’s policies, and advocacy for a policy that results in the end of the Jewish state. Efforts to delegitimize Israel or treat Israel differently than every other country in the world cross that line into antisemitism.”

“…We are having this debate because of the language of one of our colleagues, language that suggests that Jews like me, who serve in the United States Congress and whose father earned a Purple Heart fighting the Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge — that we are not loyal Americans? Why are we unable to singularly condemn antisemitism? Why can’t we call out antisemitism and show that we’ve learned the lessons of history?”

“Boycotting, divesting from or sanctioning Israel is counter-productive toward achieving a peaceful, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have supported legislation to condemn the BDS movement, and considered legislative options for pushing back against it. I have also pressed the Department of Education to seriously address antisemitism on our college campuses.”

Rep. Ted Deutsch (D-FL)

“As Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the House Antisemitism Task Force, combating hate and antisemitism remains a huge priority of mine, especially in these trying times. The rise in antisemitism cannot be ignored or swept under the rug, nor can the rise in Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of hatred. We need to be clear that those who seek to tear us apart because of our religion, race, or background are un-American and have no place in our society.”

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)

“Together, we will defeat BDS because at its core, it is un-American.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

“This horrific antisemitic tone being taken by some members of Congress must come to an end. “The language I offered affirms the United States’ interest in combating antisemitism at home and abroad, something my colleagues on both sides of the aisle should and must support. I am proud to stand today in solidarity with my Jewish community as this hate has no place in our country.”

“Israel is our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East and the United States will always stand shoulder to shoulder with her. Movements like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign should be condemned on a bipartisan basis.”

Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN)

“The Special Envoy position is now more important than ever. Antisemitic extremists in the United States and elsewhere are sharing and refining their methods and materials with each other. Terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda have hard-wired hatred of Jewish people into their ideological DNA, using it as a basis for their attack priorities and propaganda. Antisemitic attitudes, rhetoric and incidents have risen on the far left, far right and even the mainstream of the ideological spectrum in many countries.”

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

“Since its founding in 1948, the United States has stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel to fight back against enemies that want to destroy it. The BDS movement is yet another enemy of Israel. It wants to exclude, isolate, and ultimately destroy Israel. The BDS movement is not about equality. It is not about peace. It is about undermining negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and placing all the blame on one party: Israel.”

“I think it amplifies a sort of a disease, if you will, that’s not just in the United States, but it’s also in Europe, and it’s antisemitic.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)

“With the alarming rise in antisemitism across the country & from some Democrats in Congress, we must take action & stand with Israel against the dangerous BDS movement.”

“The BDS movement is rooted in antisemitism. We need to stop it.”

Rep. Steve Scalice (R-LA)

“Antisemitism is a word that has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another. When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not. The word to describe all of these acts is antisemitism. So it is with anti-Zionism; the idea that all other peoples can seek and defend their right to self-determination but Jews cannot; that other nations have a right to exist, but the Jewish state of Israel does not. When there is such a double standard, when the world treats everybody one way and the Jew or the Jewish state another way, there’s only one word for it: antisemitism! Let us call out the BDS movement for what it is.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

“I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution. Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.”

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)

“Combating antisemitism is a fundamental part of all basic human rights standards and international protocols. Regrettably, I have to tell you, antisemitism is getting worse. The statistics clearly show a rise in antisemitic incidents in the Middle East, in Europe, and all over the world. So we need to raise our voices, and pass legislation that will put wholly an end to it.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

“Don’t come to this committee and to this Congress and start blaming Israel for all of the violence that it happening to it. That is not honest to accuse Israel to everything that it is suffering from.”

“The BDS movement has not distanced itself from Hamas. Hamas uses women and children as human shields.”

“We have witnessed the rise of antisemitism and anti-Israel hate throughout the world, in our nation, on college campuses and within the halls of Congress, and whether this bigotry is brazen or shamefully masked as ‘legitimate’ we must crush it wherever it exists. For far too long, too many in this chamber have emboldened this rhetoric by accepting the BDS movement whose founder, in referring to Zionism, said ‘I, for one, support euthanasia.’ Members of Congress can no longer hide behind procedural roadblocks. The American people deserve to know where each and every one of us stand…”

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

“Unfortunately, fighting antisemitism — perhaps the world’s oldest hatred — requires unyielding vigilance. According to the FBI, hate crimes based on religion have steadily grown in the United States since 2014, and anti-Jewish hate crimes have consistently been more than half of the totals each year. More recently, horrific murders at Jewish synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego have alerted us again that this is not just a problem in Europe, South America, and the Mideast. We must confront those responsible for hateful acts wherever and whenever they are found: in our cities, on our college campuses, in our workplaces, online, and particularly as to those who intimidate, terrorize, or cause harm to others.”

Jeffrey Rosen, US Deputy Attorney General

Former Rep. Mike Ferguson, (R-NJ)

“Rising antisemitism is rarely the lone or the last expression of intolerance in a society.”

Samantha Power, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations

“I am deeply concerned about the rise in hate crimes and political violence that we have seen over the past decade. And this trend has included a marked increase in reported instances of antisemitic hate crimes. We can all agree this trend is intolerable. We must have zero tolerance for violence that is motivated by hatred for our fellow citizens whether based on race, sex, or creed. Antisemitic violence is especially pernicious because it targets both Jewish ethnic identity and religious practice.
The most ancient and stubborn form of racism throughout Western History has been antisemitism. The causes have varied. At various times it has been driven by religious intolerance, cultural differences, economic envy, or ideological dogma. Sometimes those disappointed with their own lot in life seize on conspiracy theories to blame the Jewish people for their own discontent. Sometimes political factions competing for power find in the Jewish people a convenient scapegoat to unify and inflame their base.”

William Barr, US Attorney General

Current & Former International Leaders

What happened in the Second World War can repeat itself. There is still time to react, don’t wait too long. It would be criminal not to realize that we need to act. Now!”

Jan DeBoutte, Head of Belgian Delegation to International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance

“One of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between antisemitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all.”

Abba Eban, Former Israeli Foreign Minister and UN Ambassador

“If we stay silent on the issue of antisemitism, we unwittingly allow cowardice and bigotry to speak its own repulsive language. I will continue to call out those throwing stones of hatred at Jewish people, and will endeavor to give a clarion call to government on prejudice and discrimination on this issue.”

Lord John Mann, UK Government Advisor on Anti-Semitism and Former Labour MP

Cultural, Academic, & Religious Leaders

“In past generations there was nothing we could have done because we were persecuted and submissive. Today the State of Israel exists and it’s up to us to stop this hate.”

Avraham Duvdevani, Chairman of the World Zionist Organization

“Antisemitism has never gone away; it will always be there because it’s a very convenient prejudice. The gene of it, the original DNA, is buried deep within our history.”

Steven Berkoff, English Actor and Author

“Racial prejudice, antisemitism, or hatred of anyone with different beliefs has no place in the human mind or heart.”

Billy Graham, Prominent American Evangelical Christian Minister

“If antisemitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it deserves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectual disease, a disease of the mind, extremely infectious and massively destructive.”

“What strikes the historian surveying antisemitism worldwide over more than two millennia is its fundamental irrationality. It seems to make no sense, any more than malaria or meningitis makes sense.”

Paul Johnson, English journalist, historian, and author

“There was a taboo as a result of the Holocaust that people respected that antisemitism was an ugly thing and should be avoided. Now that taboo seems to have been broken with impunity.”

Steven Katz, Founding Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University

“Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world. When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews, you’re talking antisemitism.”

“If my Jewish brothers and sisters said to me: I meet antisemitism anywhere, we don’t need your support! I would still take a stand against antisemitism, because it’s wrong, it’s unjust, and it’s evil!”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“All political parties share in the responsibility to rid our society of antisemitism, but we cannot achieve that objective with political posturing or empty promises of action never to be fulfilled.”

Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

“Around us, we do see attempts to delegitimize Israel, a sort of secret, hidden antisemitism growing in many countries, often on the right but also on the left.”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, English Historian and Author

“People are feeling and sensing a return of antisemitism – even in Europe, which, seventy years after the Holocaust, is a very scary thing. I think they are feeling that Israel is very isolated and doesn’t always get what they see as fair treatment in the European media.”

Jonathan Sacks, Former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

“As a Jew I am aware of how important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. And because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the world.”

Steven Spielberg, American Jewish filmmaker

“Antisemitism is the hatred that never dies. Violence that begins with the Jews never ends with them. All of this is true. What’s also true is that antisemitism is the oldest hatred in the world because individual people have sustained it in every generation. It cannot be defeated until we look these people and their ideologies in the face.”

Bari Weiss, American Author and Staff Edior at The New York Times