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Wenstrup Joins Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism

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Washington, March 3, 2017 | Hailey Sadler (202-225-3164) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) has joined the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in the 115th Congress.

The Taskforce will serve as a high-level bipartisan forum to denounce anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. and around the world, evaluate current law enforcement efforts, and highlight best practices to address the problem. The Taskforce will also provide a legislative platform to promote Holocaust remembrance and make recommendations on education to combat anti-Semitism here and abroad.

“The recent acts of intolerance, hatred, or violence against the Jewish community we have seen across the country are despicable and evil. They are rooted in a poisonous ideology of anti-Semitism that is a direct contradiction of who we are as a nation,” said Rep. Brad Wenstrup. “We must not only strongly condemn and reject this hatred, but also work together to root it out. I am honored to join the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism and I look forward to partnering with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to combat this vandalism and violence. Our friends and neighbors in the Jewish community must know this: we stand with you.” 

In the 114th Congress, the House of Representatives Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism introduced the following legislation:

·        H. Res. 354, a bipartisan resolution urging the U.S. government to work with European governments and their law enforcement agencies to establish and strengthen formal partnerships and information exchanges with European Jewish community security groups. The resolution passed the House 418-0.

·        H.R. 6208, the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act, bipartisan legislation requiring enhanced reporting to Congress in the State Department’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe; the safety and security of European Jewish communities; and the efforts of the United States to partner with European governments, the European Union, and civil society to combat anti-Semitism.

·        H.R. 6421, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, bipartisan legislation calling on the Department of Education to use the State Department’s working definition of anti-Semitism when determining if a violation of a student’s rights was motivated by anti-Semitism.

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