Young Israel Praises Passage of House Anti-Semitism Resolution

February 15, 2019

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today praised passage of a House of Representatives resolution intended to combat anti-Semitism. As a result of a motion to commit by Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee and House Republicans, which was passed by a vote of 424-0, an amendment was made to a bill regarding the removal of U.S. armed forces fighting in Yemen, and the anti-Semitism resolution was added. Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee and a staunch supporter of Israel, expressed support for the motion to commit, which led to its overwhelming passage.

The amendment states that, “it is in the national interests of the United States to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad,” and notes that “there has been a significant amount of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred that must be most strongly condemned.” In addition, it declares that, “With an unfortunate rise in anti-Semitism and attempts to delegitimize Israel, the United States House of Representatives must emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism and reject all movements that deny Israel’s right to exist.”

“The House of Representatives made a strong statement that anti-Semitism cannot and will not be tolerated in the United States,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “We are grateful that this resolution garnered overwhelming bipartisan support, and believe that this declaration by Congress could be an important step in the profound need to highlight not just the frightening rise of anti-Semitism, but the great dangers posed by anti-Semitism.”

“Although we are pleased by this resolution, Congress should go further and agree on a consensus definition of anti-Semitism by adopting the international working definition of anti-Semitism,” added Weiss. “Further, simply stating that you are opposed to anti-Semitism means little without action to back up the words. We reiterate our call for the House Democratic leadership to sanction Rep. Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic tropes and policy positions, and urge them to strip her of her committee assignments. House Democratic leaders must do more than simply condemn her bigoted remarks; they must clearly demonstrate to Rep. Omar and the other Members of Congress that hate has no place in in the House of Representatives and this type of overt anti-Semitism will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”