61% of Americans Agree with an Anti-Semitic Stereotype; Rep. Tlaib Called On to Apologize for Retweeting False Claim About Israelis; Holocaust Education Bill Passes in House

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January 31, 2020


A new poll released this week by ADL shows that despite a rise in anti-Semitic violence in recent years, the proportion of Americans holding “intensely” anti-Semitic views remains small. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan was asked to apologize after retweeting a false claim that a Palestinian child had been killed by Israelis, with some likening the accusation to a blood libel. As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Never Again Education Act, which provides funding and resources for schools to provide Holocausts education throughout the country.

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1) Sixty-one Percent of Americans Agree with At Least One Anti-Semitic Stereotype

“The poll, which studied Americans’ perceptions of Jews and was released Wednesday, showed 11 percent of respondents ‘intensely harbor’ anti-Semitic views by agreeing to six or more anti-Jewish statements. That percentage would translate to about 28 million people.” The Hill: READ MORE

+ Anti-Semitic Attitudes in the U.S.: A Guide to ADL’s Latest Poll

+ ADL Resource: Global 100

2) ADL Condemns Rep. Tlaib for ‘Blood Libel’ Retweet Falsely Accusing Israelis of Killing Palestinian Boy

“Palestine Liberation Organization committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi shared an unverified tweet that alleged a 7-year-old Palestinian child was ‘kidnapped and executed’ by Israeli settlers and was ‘assaulted and thrown in a water well.’ However, it was reported in The Jerusalem Post that the boy’s death was an accident drowning after the area was hit with heavy rain…” Fox News FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “This is an example of how the blood libel works in 2020…”

+ ADL Resource: What is Blood Libel?

3) House Overwhelmingly Passes Holocaust Education Bill

“According to a press release from Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), one of the leading co-sponsors of the Never Again Education Act, the bill allocates $10 million over a five-year period toward programs providing training for teachers on the matter as well as expanding the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website that provides the relevant curriculum and course materials.” Jewish Journal: FULL STORY

+ Press Release from Rep. Maloney’s Office

+ READ: Jonathan Greenblatt’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee on the Ongoing Battle Against Hate

+READ: Jonathan Greenblatt’s Op-Ed on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz