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House Passes Unanimous Resolution Urging Europe to Protect Jewish Communities

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The wreath left outside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Jan. 16, to pay homage to the Jewish victims of the Jan. 9 terrorist attack at that site. Photo: US Department of State.

The wreath left outside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Jan. 16, to pay homage to the Jewish victims of the Jan. 9 terrorist attack at that site. Photo: US Department of State.

JNS.org –  The US House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution urging European nations to do more to protect Jewish communities amid an uptick in antisemitism.

“The number of violent antisemitic attacks has increased from 100 to 400 percent in some European countries since 2013,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who co-chairs the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism and spearheaded the resolution. “The murders in Paris, Copenhagen, and elsewhere reminded us that there are those who are motivated by antisemitism and have the will to kill,” he said.

House Resolution 354, which includes 89 biparitsan co-sponsors, urges the US government to work with its European counterparts to “formally recognize and partner with Jewish community groups to strengthen crisis prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and responses related to antisemitic attacks.”

The resolution was supported by several leading Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Orthodox Union, the Secure Community Network, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“Battling the antisemitic threats facing European Jewish communities is vital to ensure the democratic and pluralistic fabric of Europe for all its citizens,” said American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris. “This resolution sends a powerful message that battling the anti-Semitic threats facing European Jewish communities is a shared responsibility.”

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