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. Less than a year later, another attacker gunned down congregants at a Synagogue in Poway, California, murdering one person and injuring three.
At AJC, we’ve been sounding the alarm about resurgent anti-Semitism at home and abroad for nearly two decades. That’s because before Pittsburgh, there were Toulouse and Burgas… there were Copenhagen and Paris... innocent Jews killed just for being Jewish. A terrifying report commissioned by the European Union and released in December finds that 89% of European Jews say anti-Semitism has increased over the past five years. Almost 40% have considered leaving Europe for good. There is an urgent need for American attention to anti-Semitism at home and abroad, and the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism is primed for impact. Urge your Representative to join this timely and essential caucus.
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