U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Condemning anti-Semitism in Europe

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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) addresses the third Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York May 28, 2015.

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in Europe.

The resolution, authored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) had 60 cosponsors. It calls on the secretary of state and attorney general to work with the European Union and other European governments to address the rise in anti-Semitism.

United States and European officials are charged with taking a stand against anti-Semitism and working to end it, Menendez said.

“We have witnessed what happens when anti-Semitism is not condemned whenever and wherever it arises, and we must ensure that history is not repeated,” Menendez said in a statement to JTA.

Specifically, the resolution calls for senior-level special envoys to monitor and combat anti-Semitism and for governments to train law enforcement on how to handle hate crimes and collect data on anti-Semitism.

The resolution is supported by the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, HIAS, the Union for Reform Judaism and Jewish Federations of North America.

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