NEW VIDEO: Rep. Zeldin Renews Call for Passage of Resolution Condemning anti-Israel & anti-Semitic Hatred Infiltrating U.S. Politics and Congress | Congressman Lee Zeldin

NEW VIDEO: Rep. Zeldin Renews Call for Passage of Resolution Condemning anti-Israel & anti-Semitic Hatred Infiltrating U.S. Politics and Congress

January 29, 2019
Press Release

Watch Rep. Zeldin remarks on the House floor here

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and one of only two Jewish Republican Members of Congress, renewed his call during remarks on the House floor for immediate passage of his House resolution introduced last week to condemn anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred infiltrating U.S. politics and Congress. Since its introduction last week, H. Res. 72 has garnered increasing support from Members of Congress, including Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“My colleagues and I are motivated for this chamber to stand against anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred. Everyone in this chamber should join us,” said Congressman Zeldin on the House floor. “I went through Kindergarten through 12th grade, college, law school, four years of active duty and I never once experienced anti-Semitism. It has no business infiltrating American politics, it has no business infiltrating our college campuses, and it has no business in the halls of Congress.”  (5:47-6:16)

Following its introduction, co-leads of the resolution, Reps. Elise Stefanik and Ted Budd, issued the following statements:

Congressman Budd said, “The rise of anti-semitism across our country is extremely concerning. College campuses are being inundated with anti-Israel rhetoric, and what used to be a fringe position is now becoming mainstream. We have current members of the House who’ve expressed their support for the BDS movement - which hides behind the notion that ‘we’re not boycotting the people, we’re just boycotting the current government.’ But this notion is absurd and when you try to actively delegitimize the world’s only Jewish state, Congress should respond by condemning it. When a sitting member of the House accuses supporters of Israel of having ‘dual loyalty’ - a known anti-Semitic dog whistle, we need to call it out for what it is. I’m proud to lead this legislation with Mr. Zeldin and Ms. Stefanik. It won’t, itself, rid of the hatred many have towards Jewish people here and around the world, but it will show the country that the vast majority of their representatives condemn anti-semitism in any form.”

Congresswoman Stefanik said, “Anti-Semitism has no place in Congress, in the United States of America, and around the world. Those who spew hatred on the Jewish community should be held accountable and condemned. I am proud to cosponsor this resolution, and I will continue speaking out in order to eradicate the re-emergence of this unacceptable and discriminatory speech and behavior.”

A PDF of the resolution is available here.

Full text of the resolution is as follows:

A resolution rejecting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world.

Whereas, in 2018, Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you do what they do, call me an anti-Semite. Stop it, I’m anti-Termite.”

Whereas, in 2018, Farrakhan said, “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”

Whereas, on March 11, 1984, Farrakhan said about Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany who was responsible for murdering 6 million Jewish people and millions of others, “He was a very great man.''

Whereas, activist Tamika Mallory called Minister Louis Farrakhan the “greatest of all time,” and her fellow organizer, Linda Sarsour said, “Only Jews... are ones that condone violence against Arabs and are cool with mosques being attacked.”

Whereas, throughout the years, current Members of Congress have met with, posed for pictures with, and have otherwise embraced Farrakhan.

Whereas, Representative Rashida Tlaib, who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been asked by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish non-governmental organization that fights hate crimes, to explain why she invited Abbas Hamideh to attend her swearing in events, who said in 2016 “Israel does not have a right to exist. The terrorist entity is illegal and has no basis to exist other than a delusional ISIS like ideology.”

Whereas, Abbas Hamideh also stated in 2019, “I’m willing to go back to my country #Palestine if the Zionist terrorists go back to Poland. Deal? Let’s get that ball rolling ASAP. Get off Twitter and let’s make that happen.”

Whereas, Representative Tlaib, who stated on January 6, 2019, of Americans who support Israel, “They forgot what country they represent.”  

Whereas, on November 16, 2012, Representative Ilhan Omar, who also supports the BDS movement, tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Whereas, it is the policy of the United States to oppose restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by any foreign country against other countries friendly to the United States or against any United States person.

Whereas, Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS movement said, “We are witnessing the rapid demise of Zionism, and nothing can be done to save it, for Zionism is intent on killing itself. I, for one, support euthanasia.” He also stated, “Many of the methods of collective and individual ‘punishment’ meted out to Palestinian civilians at the hands of young, racist, often sadistic and ever impervious Israeli soldiers... are reminiscent of common Nazi practices against the Jews.”

Whereas, as a result of the BDS movement, Jewish students on college campuses across America have been exposed to rampant anti-Semitism. For example, at New York University, after the student government passed a resolution supporting BDS, the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life was temporarily closed in response to threatening Twitter posts by a student who expressed “a desire for Zionists to die.” Other examples include: a University of Michigan professor refused to write a letter of recommendation for a qualified student solely because she was seeking to study abroad in Israel; a Students for Justice in Palestine co-founder and University of California, Berkeley, professor spoke at a national conference and shared an anti-Semitic meme of an Orthodox Jewish person in his presentation; at Warren Wilson College, an invited speaker stated, "Jews are doing the same thing to the Palestinians as the Nazis did to the Jews”; A Yik Yak posting at the University of California read “Gas them, burn them, and dismantle their power structure. Humanity cannot progress with the parasitic Jew”; and more globally, University of Durban in South Africa called for the expulsion of Jewish students who did not support BDS at the University.

Whereas, on May 13, 2017, white supremacist Richard Spencer led a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of his followers chanted, “Jews will not replace us.” This extremist demonstration turned violent when a neo-Nazi sympathizer drove a vehicle into a crowd, which resulted in the death of one peaceful demonstrator. Two Virginia State police officers died in the line of duty that day as well.

Whereas, on October 27, 2018, white supremacist Robert Bowers murdered eleven people and injured seven at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, including four police officers. While in custody and receiving medical treatment, Bowers told a SWAT officer he “wanted all Jews to die.”

Whereas, there has also been a significant amount of other anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world that must be most strongly condemned.

Whereas, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which the United States is a member, adopted a “working definition” of anti-Semitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Whereas, contemporary examples of anti-Semitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere include denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination.

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

(1)  That the House of Representatives rejects anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred in the United States and around the world.