Act to Combat Antisemitism
Dear (recipient name),
As your constituent, I am writing to encourage you to join the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Antisemitism. In the wake of rising anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric in the United States and around the globe, it is vital for Congress to exert much-needed leadership. This caucus plays a critical role in coordinating congressional efforts, such as legislation and interparliamentary engagement, to combat antisemitism. As you know, antisemitism has seen a disturbing resurgence in the United States. Late last year, a gunman walked into a synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 Jews at prayer. This most lethal anti-Semitic attack in American history was a wake-up call, highlighting the fact that anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose nearly 60% in 2018. The Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Antisemitism — started in 2015 by Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Peter Roskam (R-IL) — works with government officials and diplomatic contacts to craft policies aimed at protecting Jewish communities, monitor anti-Semitic incidents, prevent radicalized young people from turning to terrorism, and educate against antisemitism. I appreciate your consideration of my views on this critical matter and encourage you to join this important taskforce.
Dear (recipient name),
Thank you for being a member of the Bipartisan Taskforce to Combat Antisemitism. Your support for strong and enduring U.S. leadership in the effort to confront antisemitism is necessary to press governments to defend vulnerable Jewish communities and combat hate. Congress plays a critical role in combating antisemitism at home and abroad. Congress has repeatedly promoted the adoption of the Working Definition of antisemitism, most recently by passing the Combating European Antisemitism Act, which the President signed into law on January 14, 2019. I urge you to use your leadership position to engage with foreign diplomats and counterparts to encourage tangible steps to combat antisemitism, including the adoption and utilization of the Working Definition on Antisemitism. Antisemitism springs from the political right and the political left. It also emanates from extremist ideologies propagated in the name of Islam. Now, more than ever, it is vital that you and all members of the Taskforce speak out against Holocaust denial, the BDS movement, and the demonization of Israel. Again, thank you for being a member of the Bipartisan Taskforce to Combat Antisemitism.