Combat Antisemitism Movement Endorses Bipartisan Resolution in U.S. Senate to Combat Antisemitism in All its Forms and Calls for Further Legislative Action
May 28, 2021
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) is proud to have endorsed a bipartisan resolution in the United States Senate sponsored by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK) that recommits the Senate to combating antisemitism in all its forms, to stand in solidarity with those affected by antisemitism, urges the president to take specific actions to address antisemitism, and calls on elected officials, faith leaders, and civil society leaders to denounce and combat all manifestations of antisemitism.
We call upon decision-makers and the congressional task forces to enact legislation to ensure that the United States can effectively combat all forms of contemporary antisemitism. Endorsing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism is a necessary next step, consistent with the policy of the last two Administrations, to enable educators and law enforcement authorities to more effectively guard against and prosecute antisemitic hate crimes. In order to combat all forms of antisemitism, we must be able to first define what constitutes antisemitic behavior. The parliaments of the European Union, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic, among others, have already taken this step by endorsing or supporting the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. The time is now for the United States Congress to join with our allies in a collective effort to combat antisemitism at home and around the world.
In the face of a shocking surge in antisemitic violence and rhetoric occurring on our streets and online — both in the United States and in countries around the world — bipartisan initiatives that address these unacceptable developments are critically needed. As co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force For Combating Antisemitism, Senator Rosen and Senator Lankford have led the charge in the U.S. Senate against contemporary Jew-hatred. We thank them for their continued and steadfast leadership on this important issue.
As antisemitism continues to move from the fringe into the mainstream of our society, this moment calls for strong action that singularly and unequivocally addresses this wave of hate targeting Jewish communities. The events of the past several weeks remind us that contemporary forms of antisemitism manifest from sources on the far right and extreme left, as well as radical Islamists. Given the global eruption of antisemitic violence since the Israel-Hamas conflict, there can be no doubt that anti-Zionist forms of antisemitism, like other forms, are a dangerous and pernicious threat to the safety of Jewish Americans that must be addressed.