ADL Urges Members of Congress to “Mobilize Political Will to Reject Anti-Semitism”

New York, NY, March 25, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) presented recommendations for the U.S. government and governments around the world on combatting anti-Semitism at a hearing organized by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

In a statement submitted for the hearing on March 24, ADL urged Members of Congress to “mobilize political will to reject anti-Semitism” and highlighted four main factors relating to anti-Semitism today, which includes the degree of anti-Semitic attitudes held by the general population, the number and nature of anti-Semitic incidents, anti-Semitism in politics and media, and the reaction of governments and civil society to those incidents. As part of its testimony, ADL pointed to dozens of recent examples of virulently anti-Semitic speech, attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions, and anti-Semitic editorial cartoons appearing in newspapers.

“Governments bear the primary responsibility to ensure that Jews are afforded the same rights as others to live in security and with dignity in their communities,” the League indicated in its statement, and stressed the significance of the role of government and civic leaders in “setting the tone of a national response to an anti-Semitic incident, an anti-Semitic party or an anti-Semitic parliamentarian.”

ADL commended Chairman Chris Smith, Ranking Member Karen Bass, and the Members of the Subcommittee for holding the hearing and praised Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Bob Dold (R-IL) for taking the lead in the House on a Congressional response to the surge of anti-Semitism in Europe by introducing House Resolution 130, a bipartisan measure which describes the surge of anti-Semitism in Europe and encourages greater cooperation with European governments, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in preventing and responding to anti-Semitism.

In February, the League applauded the introduction of a Senate resolution condemning anti-Semitism and urges measures to prevent further attacks and incidents.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.