WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after being named co-Chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. The Task Force, which includes Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Grace Meng (D-NY), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), will work with the Biden Administration, foreign leaders, civil society organizations and other Members of Congress to root out antisemitism and memorialize the Holocaust.
“On January 6, we saw disturbing displays of anti-Semitic symbols right in the halls of Congress, demonstrating how pressing of an issue antisemitism remains in our country. Even before the capitol riots, there has been a disturbing increase in violence and hateful acts against Jewish Americans, including ones that occurred in my own district. As Members of Congress, it is our duty to protect the Jewish American community and condemn antisemitism in all its forms. That is why I’m pleased to co-chair the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, which will work with the Biden Administration, foreign leaders, civil society organizations and other Members to root out this systemic problem. As we focus on strengthening our government’s response to the antisemitism that exists today, we remember the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust, and carry their memory forward in the continued fight against intolerance.”
Background on the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism:
Reinstated in the 114th Congress with more than 100 Republicans and Democrats, the Task Force works to ensure that Congress plays an integral role in condemning antisemitism and spearheading initiatives that promote tolerance worldwide. In the 117th Congress, the Task Force will continue to serve as a forum for educating Members on this distinct form of intolerance and engage with government partners and civil society organizations to share best practices and collaborate on solutions to rebuff this systemic problem. It will also promote Holocaust remembrance in concert with exploring innovative ways to teach tolerance and confront hate.
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