ADL’s offensive against domestic terrorism; Administration embraces IHRA definition of antisemitism; Rep. Greene loses committee slots for pro-QAnon comments

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February 05, 2021


In the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, ADL launched PROTECT -- a “whole of society” offensive, comprising federal and state governments and the tech sector, to combat domestic terrorism. A senior State Department official announced that the Biden administration “embraces and champions” an internationally recognized definition of antisemitism. Despite urging from ADL, civil rights activists and others, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy decided against removing QAnon-supporting and conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from committee assignments, prompting House Democrats to hold a floor vote on the matter.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

1) ADL Proposes ‘Whole of Society’ Offensive Against Domestic Terrorism

“The plan ADL launched Wednesday, simultaneously with its annual report on murders by extremists, calls on the Biden administration to convene a Preventing Domestic Terrorism Summit bringing together state, federal and private sector officials.” JTA: LEARN MORE

+ What is PROTECT?

+ READ: Jonathan Greenblatt’s testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security re: domestic terrorism

+ ADL Resource: Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2020

2) Biden Administration ’Embraces and Champions’ IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Addressing an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe meeting, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Kara McDonald says, ‘We must educate ourselves and our communities to recognize anti-Semitism in its many forms, so that we can call hate by its proper name and take effective action. That is why the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism, with its real-world examples, is such an invaluable tool.’” The Times of Israel: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: We welcome this embrace of the IHRA definition of antisemitism as an “invaluable tool” in fighting anti-Jewish hate and as guidance to better understand and address manifestation of antisemitism…

+ ADL Resource: Antisemitism Uncovered -- A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era

3) House Democrats Set to Remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Committee Assignments

“Embattled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, facing a House vote to strip her of committee assignments, said Thursday that she regrets some ‘words of the past,’ but she did not specifically apologize for her racist and violent rhetoric. The newly elected Georgia Republican asserted in a House speech that she was ‘a very regular American’ who posted conspiracy theories from QAnon and other sources before she began campaigning for Congress, but that those views did not represent her.” Associated Press: READ MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: In addition to an obsession with #QAnon, @RepMTG promotes concepts of an “unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists.” No matter when she shared the video, this is raw #antisemitism. It has no place in Congress or anywhere else…

+ READ: ADL Letter to House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy re: Rep. Greene