US House of Representatives passes resolution condemning rising antisemitism

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning the rise of antisemitism, reports The Jerusalem Post.

An overwhelming majority, 420 members, supported the resolution, and only one representative, Thomas Massie, voted against it. The resolution notes that according to the FBI, Jews were the target of 55% of all religiously motivated hate crimes in 2020. It also marks that a 2020 survey conducted in all 50 states on Holocaust knowledge among Millennials and Gen Z found “a clear lack of awareness of key historical facts,” including the number of Jewish victims.

“Over the course of the past decade, Holocaust distortion and denial has grown in intensity,” the resolution reads. “There is a documented and dangerous rise of antisemitism globally and in the United States, where Jews are increasingly affected by the grotesque spread of misinformation and lies including blame for the spread of COVID–19, false claims including control of the media and the financial system, accusations of dual loyalty, and a multitude of negative stereotypes.”

The resolution calls on elected officials, faith leaders, and civil society leaders to use their power to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial and promote Holocaust and antisemitism education.

It also urges the amplification and ensuring of the US leadership’s fight against global antisemitism, intensifying cooperation with international governments and parliaments worldwide. It also calls on social media platforms to put more effort into addressing online hate speech and antisemitism while ensuring free speech.

Furthermore, the resolution emphasizes the necessity of improving the physical security of Jewish institutions and organizations. It calls for measures to ensure the safety, security, and dignity of American Jews in all aspects of their lives.