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116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 837


Reaffirming the need for transatlantic cooperation to combat anti-Semitism in Europe.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2020

Mr. Keating (for himself, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Deutch, and Mr. Sires) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


RESOLUTION

Reaffirming the need for transatlantic cooperation to combat anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Whereas anti-Semitism in Europe is widespread and increasing according to many studies, including those conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Pew Research Center, and media outlets;

    Whereas 89 percent of Jews living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom feel anti-Semitism has increased over the past decade;

    Whereas 85 percent of European Jews consider anti-Semitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their country;

    Whereas 28 percent of European Jews experienced anti-Semitic harassment at least once during the last year;

    Whereas 34 percent of European Jews avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe;

    Whereas 79 percent of European Jews have said they do not report anti-Semitic incidents, with 48 percent giving the reason that “nothing would have changed had they done so”;

    Whereas Congress passed the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act in 2018 to require increased Department of State reporting on the scope and severity of anti-Semitism in Europe;

    Whereas many European governments and the European Union have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism;

    Whereas 38 percent of European Jews have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe;

    Whereas one-third of 7,000 Europeans surveyed said they knew just a little or nothing at all about the Holocaust; and

    Whereas the global rise in anti-Semitism should be cause for serious concern on both sides of the Atlantic: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) reaffirms the strong transatlantic alliance between the United States and Europe and our long history of addressing shared challenges;

(2) recognizes the need for the United States and Europe to work together to combat anti-Semitism;

(3) calls on all European governments to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities;

(4) recognizes the European Commission and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have taken action to increase education and inclusion and to criminalize anti-Semitic crimes and Holocaust denial;

(5) encourages European leaders to provide robust political leadership to reassure Jewish communities and to speak out against manifestations of anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance across the political spectrum;

(6) encourages European governments to ensure that school curricula include education about the Holocaust, modern-day anti-Semitism, and inclusive antibias training, and to mandate hate crime prevention and response training into law enforcement education; and

(7) calls for increased cooperation and partnership to address the scourge of anti-Semitism.


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