Last week, in the wake of the latest anti-Semitic statements made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, the US House of Representatives passed a Resolution (H.Res.183) condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance and bigotry. The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA) or the OU – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – welcomed the Resolution’s passage.
Among its provisions, the Resolution “rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes…including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty…especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance.” The Resolution also recites a lengthy list of abhorrent incidents of “the centuries-old bigotry of [anti-Semitism] faced by Jewish people simply because they are Jews” and notes the “37 percent increase in hate crimes against Jews or Jewish institutions in 2017.”
The Resolution also condemns anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of racism and discrimination.
In response to the House of Representatives vote on the Resolution, the Orthodox Union’s Executive Director for Public Policy, Nathan Diament, stated:
“The Orthodox Jewish community welcomes the clarity of the Resolution’s statements repudiating anti-Semitism, and we appreciate the work of key Congressional leaders – including Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and Chairman Engel – in shaping the Resolution and securing its passage.
“While we certainly agree with the full scope of the Resolution’s content, and that all forms of intolerance and bigotry – including anti-Muslim bigotry – must be rejected, it would have been better for the House of Representatives to respond to recent incidents of anti-Semitism with a Resolution exclusively addressing that topic. (The House could have separately passed a Resolution addressing other forms of intolerance and bigotry.) The Orthodox Union will work with all people of good will in Congress and beyond to combat anti-Semitism in all its forms.”
Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin stated:
“Congress must be unequivocal in pushing back on the rise of hate and prejudice against American Jews. And, if there is another incident of a Member of Congress repeatedly espousing anti-Semitism, we expect the Congressional Leadership to take even stronger action in response.”