Senate Addresses Anti-Semitism in Europe

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution this week warning against the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.  Senate Resolution 87 not only recounted the horrific terrorist attack on a French kosher supermarket in January, but also it highlighted findings from an Anti-Defamation League poll showing 24 percent of those surveyed in Western Europe, and 34 percent in Eastern Europe, align with anti-Semitic viewpoints.  It also noted that France, which has the largest Jewish population in Europe, saw the number of French Jews immigrating to Israel double from 2013 to 2014. 

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), author of the Senate resolution, stated, “We have witnessed what happens when anti-Semitism is not condemned whenever and where ever it arises and we must ensure that history is not repeated.”  A principal co-sponsor, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), also declared, “The United States must work with the European Union and European governments to address the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and prevent future affronts to basic human rights and dignity. Increasing violence against Jewish individuals in Europe is evidence that our efforts to keep men and women of all faiths safe from violence must never stop.”

On the other side of the pond, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was appointed this week to be Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, which targets anti-Semitism.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 5, 2015

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