Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitsm

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of 44 U.S. senators, almost half the body, sponsored a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, the latest congressional bid to address an issue that has roiled American politics.

The resolution introduced Thursday, which was observed as Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tim Kaine, D-Va., lists a number of classic anti-Semitic slanders and prohibitions on freedoms imposed on Jews overseas and in the United States. It also alludes to recent deadly attacks on U.S. synagogues.

“Jews are the targets of the majority of hate crimes committed in the United States against any religious group, including attacks on houses of worship and Jewish community centers,” the resolution says.

Notably, the text avoids hot-button issues that members of each party have used to depict the other as susceptible to anti-Semitism. It does not mention anti-Israel bias, which Republicans have cited in criticizing Democrats, nor does it mention white supremacists and the support that has accrued to President Donald Trump from that movement, which Democrats often cite.

Nonetheless, in their joint release, Kaine and Cruz alluded to the other party’s sore points.

“In just the last few weeks, we have seen it manifested as hateful cartoons in major news publications, anti-Semitic smears in the halls of Congress, and murders at houses of worship,” Cruz said, referring to a widely condemned cartoon published in the international edition of the New York Times; statements by a Democratic freshman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-N.Y., seen as anti-Semitic; and attacks on synagogues in California and Pittsburgh.

“In my home state, we saw white supremacists terrorizing—and even murdering—people in Charlottesville while chanting anti-Semitic slogans lifted from Nazi rallies and a President unwilling to forcefully condemn such an atrocity,” Kaine said, referring to Trump’s equivocations after a deadly neo-Nazi march in 2017.

In total, 39 Republicans and five Democrats are co-sponsoring the legislation at its launch; others still may sign on.

At least two resolutions condemning anti-Semitism have passed recently in one of the congressional chambers, and a number of others have been introduced.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.