WASHINGTON – Following today’s hearing in the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism on Confronting the Rise in Anti-Semitic Domestic Terrorism, Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) Chairman Ron Klein, who recently published an op-ed on anti-Semitic domestic terrorism, issued the following statement:
“Today’s hearing was an important step toward combatting the rise of anti-Semitism in America. The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, chaired by Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), heard from expert witnesses about how the government should best respond to acts of anti-Semitic domestic terrorism. We applaud the Committee’s leadership in amplifying the critical need to take measures to address this critically important issue, and to address violent anti-Semitism for what it is – domestic terrorism.
“The recommendations included two bills that JDCA has supported, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act and the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act. Passage and enactment of these bills will make it easier for law enforcement to combat and prevent acts of anti-Semitism. We were also encouraged by the Committee’s discussion of the need for Holocaust education in schools, which should taught at all levels of the education system.
“JDCA opposes all forms of anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate from all sources, and we commend Rep. Rose for holding this hearing. Congress must now move forward by passing legislation that will address rising insecurity for Jews and combat the rise in anti-Semitism in our country.”