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 antisemitism at home and abroad for nearly two decades. That’s because before the synagogue shooting in 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 antisemitism has increased over the past five years. Almost 40% have considered leaving Europe for good. There is an urgent need for American attention to antisemitism at home and abroad, and the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Antisemitism is primed for impact. Urge your Representative to join this timely and essential caucus.
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