Rep. Deutch Statement on Reports that Trump Admin. Plans to Label NGOs as Antisemitic
U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), founding co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and a founding member of the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism, issued this statement on reports that the Trump Administration intends to label Amnesty International, OxFam, and Human Rights Watch as antisemitic organizations:
"Reports that the State Department may cut off cooperation with Amnesty International, OxFam and Human Rights Watch are a continuation of this Administration’s sorry withdrawal from international leadership on human rights and humanitarian assistance throughout the world.
"Upholding human rights and addressing humanitarian needs have traditionally helped to guide our foreign policy, and these groups, together with many other NGOs, have a long history of partnering with the United States to help advance these values.
"The United States should seek to promote the work of NGOs and civil society actors who help us address abuses by authoritarian, nondemocratic governments around the world. Misapplying the IHRA definition of antisemitism to politicize antisemitism and retreat from our historic defense of human rights throughout the world would weaken our ability to promote democracy and free speech, strengthen the rights of women, and prevent crimes against humanity. It would also damage our ability to fight antisemitism.
"Legitimate differences with any organization should never be swept aside, but we should use the IHRA definition the way it is intended - to help identify antisemitism so we can act to stop it, not to take action which would weaken vital efforts to stand up to autocrats who do not share our commitment to human rights."