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March 1, 2019 4:38 pm

Antisemitism Remains ‘Very Serious Problem,’ Newly-Relaunched Bipartisan US House Task Force Says

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The US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The US House of Representatives’ Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism was relaunched this week, two months after the term of the 116th Congress began.

The task force’s co-chairs — Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Kay Granger (R-TX), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Randy Weber (R-TX), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) — said in a joint statement, “The age-old scourge of anti-Semitism remains a very serious problem today.”

“It was just under four months ago that we witnessed the worst attack on the American Jewish community in our nation’s history, leaving 11 worshipers dead and seven injured in a Pittsburgh synagogue,” they added. “Jewish communities across the United States and around the world fear for their physical safety and the security of their institutions.”

“Congress has an important responsibility to raise awareness of this anti-Jewish bigotry and to condemn and combat it in all its forms,” the lawmakers continued. “We look forward to working with our Congressional colleagues to do all we can to fight anti-Semitism.”

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