April 23, 2019

House Unanimously Passes Motion Condemning Anti-Semitism

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a motion on Feb. 13 condemning anti-Semitism and re-affirming Israel’s right to exist: 424-0.

The motion states that is imperative for the United States to combat anti-Semitism because it violates America’s values of “tolerance, pluralism and democracy” and that there is an “urgent need” to defend the Jewish community.

The motion added, “It is important to the national security interest of the United States to maintain strong bipartisan support for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, all attempts to delegitimize and deny Israel’s right to exist must be denounced and rejected.”

Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), the author of the resolution, argued it was necessary in light of the rise in anti-Semitism worldwide.

“The United States must remain a global leader, not only in speaking out against anti-Semitism, but in holding those who enable those vile beliefs accountable,” Kustoff said.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke out in support of Kustoff’s resolution.

“Anti-Semitism is a scourge. It’s a scourge in humanity, it’s a scourge in this country, and needs to be fought just as prejudice of any kind needs to be fought,” Engel said.

AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] tweeted out praise for the motion’s passage: