Today, Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and member of the Interparliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism, issued this statement following the passage of H.Res. 1125 in the House of Representatives:
“Today, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, I was proud to stand with my colleagues in the House chamber in solidarity with the American Jewish community and against the scourge of antisemitism in this country.
“I am proud to be Jewish and proud to be an advocate for my community in Congress. From scientific discovery to special education, from artistic innovation to medical technology, and from community advocacy to public service, Jewish Americans have played an integral role in our nation’s successes and our communities’ well-being.
“Our tradition teaches us that the work is not ours to finish, but neither is it ours to neglect. And our American Jewish community has a proud history of standing together with other marginalized communities to demand justice and equality. From civil rights to immigration, from poverty to climate change, Jewish Americans have been key, loud voices in the fight for positive progress for all humankind, in the United States and beyond.
“For all these reasons and more, I was proud to vote for H.Res. 1125 today, and I am grateful to my colleague, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), for introducing it. Our community deserves to be celebrated, and while Jewish American Heritage Month is an opportunity to do just that, it is also an opening to address the real challenges we face.
“As a Jewish American, I know firsthand that my community is afraid and that this fear is not without cause. We live in a time when antisemitism is real. It is dangerous. And it poses a growing threat to not only the Jewish community, but to all of our communities around our country. Over 7 antisemitic incidents took place each day in 2021. Each one of those incidents frayed the edges of our democracy because when antisemitism is allowed to propagate in a society, that society cannot consider itself to be truly free. Hatred begets hatred, and we know all too well—and saw on painfully clear display in Buffalo this week—the consequences of unchecked hate.
“In a few days, we will come to the end of Jewish American Heritage Month, but our efforts on behalf of the Jewish community should just be getting started. In passing this resolution, the House resolved to ensure the safety, security, and dignity of American Jews, in all aspects of their lives. That resolve does not end in May. By passing this resolution, we resolve to keep prioritizing the fight against antisemitism, even after this month is over. We resolve to honor with our actions, not just with our words, the contributions of the American Jewish community to the fabric of our nation. And we resolve to stand with that community—with my community—in support of our freedom to live and practice openly and proudly, without fear, for all the months to come.”