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Overnight, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Administration to encourage European governments, law enforcement agencies, and intergovernmental organizations to formally recognize and partner with Jewish community groups to strengthen crisis prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and responses related to anti-Semitic attacks.
We enclose an article with more information below and also provide link to the full text of the actual Resolution itself: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/354
This is a critical development, and just one very important aspect in the fight against Antisemitism. It follows also the recent decision of the European Commission to appoint a Special Coordinator to Monitor & Combat Antisemitism in Europe.
As you will recall, both these steps were key action items from our Trilateral Dialogue with your colleagues and partners from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).
Thank you again to all of you for your effort in this regard and being so instrumental in making this happen.
With best regards,
House resolution urges European governments to keep Jewish communities safe
November 4, 2015 9:15am
(JTA) — A House resolution calls on the United States to urge European governments to act to keep their Jewish communities safe.
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., passed unanimously on Tuesday. Smith is the chairman of the Helsinki Commission, the congressional body that monitors compliance with human rights overseas.
The resolution, which had 89 co-sponsors, calls on the U.S. administration to encourage European governments, law enforcement agencies and intergovernmental organizations to formally recognize and partner with Jewish community groups to strengthen crisis prevention, preparedness, mitigation and responses related to anti-Semitic attacks.
“The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks has increased from 100 to 400 percent in some European countries since 2013,” Smith, who also co-chairs the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, said in a statement. “The murders in Paris, Copenhagen and elsewhere reminded us that there are those who are motivated by anti-Semitism and have the will to kill.”
Several Jewish community groups endorsed the resolution, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Orthodox Union, the Secure Community Network and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.