We highlight opportunities for you to get involved in combating anti-Semitism. Read the content below to learn more.
Venture Creative Contest – Round One
Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise, just 75 years after the Holocaust. This irrational hatred of Jews and the world’s only Jewish state harms both innocent victims and perpetrators infected by bigotry. The resurgence of anti-Semitism poses a challenge to all people of conscience:
How can we work together to stop anti-Semitism?
People of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities are encouraged to participate by creatively addressing one of the categories below:
Round 1 Deadline: December 1, 2019 (future rounds coming soon)Enter Here.
Thank Your Member of Congress for Participating in the Largest Bipartisan Delegation Ever to Visit Israel
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) said that by participating, new representatives are given the opportunity to learn firsthand about the threats Israel faces. “This trip gives them the chance to understand the nuances and appreciate the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship.”
Contact your member of Congress and thank them for strengthening the bipartisan US-Israel alliance.You can find your representative and their contact information here.
Did you member of Congress participate? Below is a full list of the 72 Democratic and Republican House members who traveled with the delegation:
Democrats: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD), Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Reps. Ron Kind (WI), Ted Deutch (FL), John Garamendi (CA), Brad Schneider (IL), Vincente Gonzalez (TX), Jamie Raskin (MD), Jimmy Gomez (CA), Colin Allred (TX), Ed Case (HI), Sean Casten (IL), Gil Cisneros (CA), Sharice Davids (KS), Madeleine Dean (PA), Antonio Delgado (NY), Sylvia Garcia (TX), Jared Golden (ME), Jahana Hayes (CT), Kendra Horn (OK), Steven Horsford (NV), Chrissy Houlahan (PA), Andy Kim (NJ), Mike Levin (CA), Tom Malinowski (NJ), Ben McAdams (UT), Lucy McBath (GA), Joseph Morelle (NY), Joe Neguse (CO), Lizzie Fletcher (TX), Chris Pappas (NH), Max Rose (NY), Harley Rouda (CA), Kim Schrier (WA), Donna Shalala (FL), Greg Stanton (AZ), Haley Stevens (MI), Xochitl Torres-Small (NM), Lori Trahan (MA), David Trone (MA), Susan Wild (PA).
Republican: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA); Reps. Alex Mooney (WV), Troy Balderson (OH), Elise Stefanik (NY), Michael Cloud (TX), John Curtis (UT), Ron Estes (KS), Debbie Lesko (AZ), Clay Higgins (LA), Ralph Norman (SC), Kelly Armstrong (ND), Jim Baird (IN), Ben Cline (VA), Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Lance Gooden (TX), Mark Green (TN), Dan Meuser (PA), Carol Miller (WV), Greg Pence (IN), Guy Reschenthaler (PA), Denver Riggleman (VA), John Rose (TN), Chip Roy (TX), Ross Spano (FL), Pete Stauber (MN), Bryan Steil (WI), Van Taylor (TX), William Timmons (SC), Michael Waltz (FL), Steve Watkins (KS), Ron Wright (TX)
Stop Hate in Every California Public School!
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the new proposed public-school curriculum in California that was featured in this week’s campus section. The California Legislative Jewish Caucasus has written to the California Department of Education saying that “It would be a cruel irony if a curriculum meant to help alleviate prejudice and bigotry were to instead marginalize Jewish students and fuel hatred and discrimination against the Jewish community. Without significant edits, the [curriculum] will do just that.” The proposed curriculum is currently open for public comment. Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing this information and the resources below within your community.
Our featured partner, Club Z, has started a change.org petition to be sent to the California Legislature, Department of Education and Governor.
To learn more about the problems with the new proposed public school curriculum in California, watch Club Z’s video below:
S.852 – Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 which if enacted, would require the US Department of Education to adopt the US State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating incidents on college campuses and at other educational institutions. “Anti-Semitism, and harassment on the basis of actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics with a religious group, remains a persistent, disturbing problem in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses”, the bill states. The bill goes on to state that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism (used by the State Department) should be used by the Department of Education when reviewing if there is a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill was introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.). Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.
To learn more about the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act please view the language of the bills below. S. 852
H.R. 2913 & S. 1102 – The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019, which provides tools for a comprehensive U.S. strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean region by strengthening energy partnerships between the US, Cyprus, Greece and Israel, ending the arms embargo on Cyprus, and holding Turkey accountable for its aggression in the region. The bills were introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Energy diplomacy has the power to replace conflict in the region with cooperation and coexistence. Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.
To learn more about the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act please view the language of the bills below:
CYPRUS, GREECE, ISRAEL ALLIANCE SERVES U.S. INTERESTS
By Endy Zemenidies and David Harris
Growing cooperation on counter-terrorism, search-and-rescue, and maritime security among these Mediterranean countries makes the whole region safer. Cyprus, Greece, and Israel provide important assets for Western security interests and have already made substantial contributions. The US needs reliable allies, and for the first time in the region’s history can look primarily to those who share both interests and values. Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are strong partners that can check malign influences in this region. Both the administration and Congress should explore transforming the trilateral cooperation into a quadrilateral partnership. A more stable, energy independent and integrated Eastern Mediterranean will be a game-changer in this vital part of the world. Read Here.
H.R. 246 – Combating BDS Act of 2019
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Combating BDS Act, which expresses opposition to “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel.” Led by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), H.R. 246 has over 300 co-sponsors and was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July 18th. With the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism cloaked in the language of the BDS movement, it has never been more important to take legislative action against the BDS movement, as the German Bundestag did earlier this year. Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Resolution
By AARON BANDLER
The resolution, H.R. 246, condemns the BDS movement for engaging in “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel” and undermining prospects of peace with its opposition to a two-state solution. Resolution Co-sponsor, Rep. Lee Zeldin praised the committee’s passing of the resolution to opposing BDS “which is a blatantly anti-Israel & anti-Semitic effort that targets Israel & the Jewish people.” Read here.
About H.R. 2343
By Combat Anti-Semitism
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourselves on the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act in order to help prevent the spread of anti-Semitism into another generation of impressionable young minds. Help us raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and IMPACT-se’s research on the topic within your community.
Join us in the critically important task of preventing anti-Semitism from spreading into the next generation.
Tell Amazon that Nazi memorabilia does NOT belong on its site.
By Gwen Horowitz
Amazon is a huge company– 2/3 of Americans have shopped with them! What they do has an impact on us all and this comes with responsibilities. Let’s insist Amazon remove Nazi memorabilia from its site immediately. NEVER AGAIN means actively doing something to deter racial hatred. Speak up today. Sign the Petition Here.
AJC URGES ACTION TO GROW THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM – LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST: ‘THE VIEW FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE’ TO LEARN MORE
By AJC Passport
In this episode of AJC Passport, two members of Congress from Florida, Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Representative Brian Mast (R-FL), discuss the importance of pro-Israel support on both sides of the aisle and the need to confront the threat of anti-Semitism in America. Both congressmen are members of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combatting Anti-Semitism. Listen Here.
There is an urgent need for American attention to anti-Semitism at home and abroad, and the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism is primed for impact. You can urge your Representative to join this timely and essential caucus by going to www.ajc.org/taskforce and filling out an easy form to send a letter to your member of congress.
The Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism — started in 2015 by Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Peter Roskam (R-IL) — works with government officials and diplomatic contacts to craft policies aimed at protecting Jewish communities, monitor anti-Semitic incidents, prevent radicalized young people from turning to terrorism, and educate against anti-Semitism.