Today, Congressman Ted Deutch joined with his colleagues Reps. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Kay Granger (TX-12), Steve Israel (NY-03), and Peter Roskam (IL-06) to announce the launch of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives. Congressman Deutch and these Members will serve as co-Chairs of the Taskforce in the 114th Congress and spearhead initiatives aimed at addressing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism around the world.
The Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism was formed in order to ensure that Congress plays an integral role in condemning anti-Semitism and promoting tolerance worldwide. The Taskforce will serve as a forum for educating Members on this distinct form of intolerance and to engage with the Executive Branch, foreign leaders, and civil society organizations for the sharing of best practices and cooperating on solutions to rebuff this disturbing trend. It will also promote Holocaust Remembrance in concert with exploring innovative ways to teach tolerance and confront hate.
“I am so pleased to join with my colleagues to form this important taskforce focused solely on addressing anti-Semitism at home and abroad. I believe that the recent rise of anti-Semitic incidents around the world is not a coincidence, but rather is a deeply-rooted and systemic crisis that must be addressed. We in Congress are announcing that we are taking this threat to the Jewish community seriously, and we will act to combat it domestically and abroad. This taskforce is another unique forum that I am a part of that will bring the necessary attention to this pandemic of hatred. It is important that the House of Representatives plays an active role in targeting anti-Semitism and making Jewish communities safer around the world, and I am honored to be part of the driving force to take action.”
Congressman Deutch has been an outspoken leader in Congress for addressing and combating anti-Semitism. In January, he was the only Member of Congress to speak at the United Nations’ first ever General Assembly special session on anti-Semitism, where he exposed the urgent need for action by every country and railed against the growing confluence of anti-Israel positions and anti-Semitic actions. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the International Parliamentarians for Combating anti-Semitism, a position he will use to work with parliamentarians from other countries to devise new ways for cooperation and sharing of best practices.