Friday, February 27, 2015

US Senate to call for European nations to appoint anti-Semitism envoys

Nazi swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans,
Jewish cemetery of Brumath near Strasbourg

Nobody disputes the fact that Antisemitism is growing in Europe.  Sadly other than nice words the same hostile attitude towards Jews and Israel prevails and is being encouraged in some quarters.  European Jewish leaders are too weak and divided.


The US Senate will likely soon call on European leaders to appoint national anti-Semitism czars to monitor and combat hate against their countries’ Jewish minorities.  That call is included in a bipartisan resolution introduced on Wednesday, which is being co-sponsored by 53 senators.

“Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we are witnessing an alarming rise in anti-Semitic sentiment in Europe that must be condemned and addressed. Anti-Semitic attacks and incidents in Europe and around the world are a challenge not only to international stability and security, but to our shared morality as human beings,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), the resolution’s author.

“This resolution firmly recommits the United States and its European allies to combat anti-Semitism with even greater resolve, vowing to never again allow the atrocities of the past to be repeated,” he continued.

Citing an Anti-Defamation League poll indicating that nearly a quarter of Western Europeans harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, the resolution called on senior American officials to encourage further European action to combat hate, including the designation of “senior-level special envoys to monitor, prevent, and combat anti-Semitism regionally and domestically.” More.

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