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Antisemitism

Antisemitism has arguably reached new heights in recent years. While Jews have certainly come a long way since the Holocaust, anti-Jewish sentiment is still prevalent across the globe.

As the threat of Islamic extremism spreads across the world and right-wing antisemitic parties gain traction globally, Jews must remain united to fight antisemitism.

Our recent work tackling antisemitism includes...

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October 7, 2021 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Condemns Rising Antisemitism in Germany

In response to the troubling news that the German-Jewish singer Gil Ofarim was discriminated at the Westin Hotel in Leipzig, Germany because he was prominently wearing a Star of David necklace, American Jewish Congress Executive Director Joel Rubin released the following statement:“The American Jewish Congress condemns this antisemitic incident and we have reached out to Mr. Ofarim to thank him for his strong words and powerful personal example in standing up to discrimination and antisemitism. We stand in solidarity with him. Antisemitism is a threat to all of our societies and to our democracy. It remains pervasive in the United States and is also experiencing a…

September 30, 2021 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress hosts Sen. Menendez in conversation on America’s Future Role in the Middle East

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined the American Jewish Congress today for a Jewish Community Conversation. In his discussion with American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, and in response to questions from the audience, Sen. Menendez reiterated his strong support for Israel and its security. Sen. Menendez announced today that he would be proposing on the Senate floor, for Unanimous Consent consideration, legislation guaranteeing $1 billion in funding for the replenishment of Israel's Iron Dome defense system. Such legislation passed the House last week. In addition, Sen. Menendez was unequivocal about the need to address Iran's nuclear threat, stating:…

August 25, 2021 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Warmly Congratulates New York’s new Governor Kathy Hochul

The American Jewish Congress released the following statement on the swearing in of Ms. Kathy Hochul as the new Governor of New York State: “The American Jewish Congress warmly congratulates Kathy Hochul upon being sworn in as the first female Governor of New York. We wish her success in leading the Empire State and in the important work of addressing and serving the needs of all New Yorkers during these challenging times. As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later on as New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Hochul has shown that she deeply understands the concerns of…

July 30, 2021 - JEWISH INSIDER: Deborah Lipstadt to be named State Dept antisemitism envoy

Published originally in the Jewish Insider. After months of deliberation and calls from congressional and Jewish community leaders, the White House will name Emory University professor and historian Deborah Lipstadt to be the administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism tomorrow, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to Jewish Insider.  Lipstadt is a noted Holocaust historian whose most recent book, Antisemitism: Here and Now, won a 2019 National Jewish Book Award. She has served as a consultant to and a fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and is widely known for successfully defeating a lawsuit in which she was accused of libel for…

July 22, 2021 - NEWSWEEK: Twitter Must Ban Marjorie Taylor Greene Over Holocaust, COVID Claims Says American Jewish Congress

Originally published in Newsweek. The American Jewish Congress has called on Twitter to permanently ban Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene because she is an "unrepentant misinformation machine" regarding both the Holocaust and COVID-19.On Monday, Twitter temporarily suspended the Georgia lawmaker from the platform for tweets which included the claim that COVID-19 was not dangerous for those under 65 who are not obese. The violation of Twitter's misinformation policy, sparking a 12-hour suspension, came on the heels of controversial comments she had made about COVID measures where she invoked the Holocaust. She apologized in June following anger at her comparison of COVID safety protocols at Congress to how Jews were made…

July 7, 2021 - NEWSWEEK: Jewish Groups Blast Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘Medical Brown Shirts’ COVID Jab Comparison

Originally published in Newsweek. Prominent Jewish groups have slammed Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for another reference to Nazi Germany, after she described those who would go door-to-door to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations as "medical brown shirts." The Republican lawmaker from Georgia tweeted a video in which President Joe Biden said his administration would step up efforts to get Americans vaccinated in a program involving "literally knocking on doors," to urge people to get the shots. But Greene objected to the plan and in sharing the video of Biden on Tuesday, she added the message: "Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows covid is a…

June 15, 2021 - Marjorie Taylor Greene, Your Apology is NOT Accepted!

American Jewish Congress Announces Launch of #NotAProp Social Media Campaign in Response to Greene The American Jewish Congress strongly rejects Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene’s (R-GA) June 14 “apology” for equating COVID mask-wearing with the forced-wearing of the Star of David during the Holocaust. In response to her persistent abuses of the memory of the Holocaust, we have launched a social media campaign - #NotAProp - featuring Holocaust survivors who provide searing testimony about their experiences and their reaction to actions that demean the Holocaust. The first post, featuring 95-year old author Frank Shatz--who survived and escaped a Nazi death camp in Romania--appears today. “Greene…

May 26, 2021 - POLITICO: Rising antisemitism strains Democrats and GOP alike

Originally published in POLITICO. The rise of antisemitic incidents around the country this month has forced Democrats and Republicans alike into uncomfortable corners as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hit a flashpoint. The recent violence in Gaza has been the backdrop for discriminatory attacks against Jews in multiple U.S. states, in addition to other cities around the world, that have highlighted the growing partisan divide in Washington over how best to achieve peace in the decadeslong war. On Thursday the Anti-Defamation League shared early reports of 193 antisemitic incidents in the U.S. amid a week of conflict in the Middle East, compared with 131…

May 26, 2021 - NPR: Kevin McCarthy Leads House GOP In Blasting Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Holocaust Remarks

Originally published in NPR. Nearly four months after condemning Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's comments on antisemitic conspiracy theories, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is once again rejecting the Georgia Republican's rhetoric — this time over her equating of COVID-19 safety measures with the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust. The remarks by the freshman Republican congresswoman — and criticism of them — come against the backdrop of antisemitic incidents across the United States in apparent response to the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas that saw a large number of civilian casualties. Those domestic incidents have been condemned across the political…

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