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May 19, 2017 1:28 pm

US Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Greater Oversight on European Antisemitism

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JNS.org – The US House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation requiring greater State Department reporting on European antisemitism.

The bill, known as the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, requires enhanced annual reporting to Congress on antisemitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jews, and efforts by the US to partner with European entities to combat antisemitism.

“This bill would require the US government — and encourage our global partners — to continue to take a hard look at anti-Semitism in Europe, provide a thorough assessment of trends, and outline what the United States and our partners are doing to meet this challenge,” said a statement by the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, chaired by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

The bill will now head to the Senate and eventually President Donald Trump for approval.

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