Congressman Keating Introduces Anti-Semitism Resolution

Continues commitment to combating Antisemitism on heels of hearing with Holocaust survivor
Congressman Bill Keating

Washington, DC –Congressman Bill Keating, Chairman of the Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution reaffirming the need to combat anti-Semitism in Europe.  This resolution comes a week after Chairman Keating held a hearing on the rise of anti-Semitism and hate in Europe with numerous notable witnesses including Dr. Alfred Münzer, who is a Holocaust survivor.

According to the Keating Resolution:

  1. 89 percent of Jews living in a majority of European countries feel anti-Semitism has increased over the past decade;
  2. 85 percent of European Jews consider anti-Semitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their country;
  3. 79 percent of European Jews have said they do not report anti-Semitic incidents, with 48 percent giving the reason that ‘‘nothing would have changed had they done so’’;
  4. 34 percent of European Jews avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe; and
  5. 28 percent of European Jews experienced anti-Semitic harassment at least once during the last year.

Said Congressman Keating:

“Last week, we recognized International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. But 75 years later, it is incumbent upon us to acknowledge that anti-Semitism and hate did not begin with Adolf Hitler and it did not end after the Holocaust.  Never before have I been in or chaired a hearing like the one in our Subcommittee last week.  The unity, the sharing of stories, and the genuine interaction between the Members and our witnesses was so powerful because combatting anti-Semitism and ensuring that crimes against humanity like the Holocaust never happen again is something that brings us all together.

“We must also acknowledge that it is not just in Europe that we are seeing the disturbing trends in anti-Semitism and xenophobia, but in the United States as well. Because we cannot wait until it is too late and because discrimination is a scourge we cannot ignore, we must do the difficult work of changing laws and policies as well as the language we use so that innocent people are not killed and harassed because of who they are. We must also meaningfully engage communities, civic leaders, and educators to bring about critical change at the grassroots level. And we must do it together because our strength lies in our partnership to root out this evil.  In that respect, the role of our State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism has been so critical in our government’s efforts towards one day eliminating anti-Semitism in the world by serving as a point person and coordinating force behind these efforts. I hope that going forward the US Special Envoy will be able to work closely with similar counterparts across Europe. This resolution reaffirms our commitment to working together and will serve as a further springboard for our work on this issue in the Subcommittee.”

A copy of the Keating resolution, which is supported by the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, is below.

To watch last week’s hearing, please click on this link.  This witnesses at the hearing were:

1. Dr. Alfred Münzer

  • Holocaust Survivor 
  • Volunteer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  1. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D.
  • Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion, Emory University

2. Mr. Ira Forman

  • Senior Advisor for Combating Antisemitism, Human Rights First
  • Adjunct Professor on Anti-Semitism, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University
  • Former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of Stat

3. Ms. Christie J. Edwards

  • Acting Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

4.Robert Williams, Ph.D.

  • Deputy Director, International Affairs, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

5. Rabbi Andrew Baker

  • Director, International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee
  • Personal Representative, Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

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RESOLUTION
Reaffirming the need for transatlantic cooperation to combat
anti-Semitism in Europe.
Whereas anti-Semitism in Europe is widespread and increasing
according to many studies, including those conducted
by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights,
the Pew Research Center, and media outlets;
Whereas 89 percent of Jews living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands,
Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
feel anti-Semitism has increased over the past decade;
Whereas 85 percent of European Jews consider anti-Semitism
to be the biggest social or political problem in their
country;
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Whereas 28 percent of European Jews experienced anti-Semitic
harassment at least once during the last year;
Whereas 34 percent of European Jews avoid visiting Jewish
events or sites because they do not feel safe;
Whereas 79 percent of European Jews have said they do not
report anti-Semitic incidents, with 48 percent giving the
reason that ‘‘nothing would have changed had they done
so’’;
Whereas Congress passed the Combating European Anti-
Semitism Act in 2018 to require increased Department
of State reporting on the scope and severity of anti-Semitism
in Europe;
Whereas many European governments and the European
Union have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance
Alliance working definition of antisemitism;
Whereas 38 percent of European Jews have considered emigrating
because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe;
Whereas one-third of 7,000 Europeans surveyed said they
knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust;
and
Whereas the global rise in anti-Semitism should be cause for
serious concern on both sides of the Atlantic: Now, therefore,
be it
1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
2 (1) reaffirms the strong transatlantic alliance
3 between the United States and Europe and our long
4 history of addressing shared challenges;
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1 (2) recognizes the need for the United States
2 and Europe to work together to combat anti-Semi

3 tism;
4 (3) calls on all European governments to take
5 all necessary measures to ensure the safety and se6
curity of Jewish communities;
7 (4) recognizes the European Commission and
8 the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
9 Europe have taken action to increase education and
10 inclusion and to criminalize anti-Semitic crimes and
11 Holocaust denial;
12 (5) encourages European leaders to provide ro13
bust political leadership to reassure Jewish commu14
nities and to speak out against manifestations of
15 anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance across
16 the political spectrum;
17 (6) encourages European governments to en18
sure that school curricula include education about
19 the Holocaust, modern-day anti-Semitism, and inclu20
sive antibias training, and to mandate hate crime
21 prevention and response training into law enforce22
ment education; and
23 (7) calls for increased cooperation and partner24
ship to address the scourge of anti-Semitism.


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