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President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Combating the Rise of Anti-Semitism

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Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Law & Justice
December 11, 2019

 

“The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears.”

President Donald J. Trump

COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM: President Donald J. Trump is issuing an Executive Order to further the fight against the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States.

  • President Trump’s order makes it clear that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to anti-Semitic discrimination based on race, color, or national origin.
  • When enforcing Title VI against covered anti-Semitic discrimination, agencies will consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism as well as the IHRA’s contemporary examples.
  • The President is also directing Federal agencies to identify other ways the Government can use nondiscrimination authorities to address anti-Semitism.
  • This action further demonstrates the unwavering commitment of President Trump and his Administration to combating all forms of anti-Semitism.

CONFRONTING RISING HATE: In recent years, Americans have witnessed a disturbing rise of anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric across the country.

  • In the past few years, there has been a disturbing trend of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.
  • Anti-Semitic incidents have increased in America since 2013, particularly in schools and on college campuses.
  • These incidents include horrific acts of violence against Jewish Americans and synagogues in the United States.
  • Earlier this year, 18 Democrat Members of Congress cosponsored legislation in support of the anti-Semitic “Boycott, Divest, Sanctions” (BDS) movement.
    • In their resolution, these Congressmen and Congresswomen shockingly compared support for Israel to support for Nazi Germany.

TAKING ACTION: President Trump and his Administration have repeatedly taken action to combat hate and support the Jewish community.

  • During this year’s State of the Union Address, President Trump promised to “never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed.”
  • Since January 2017, the Civil Rights division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) has obtained 14 convictions in cases involving attacks or threats against places of worship.
    • The Division has also obtained 11 convictions in cases involving hate crimes against individuals because of their religious beliefs.
  • DOJ has launched a new, comprehensive website providing a centralized portal for law enforcement, media, advocacy groups and others to access hate crime resources.
  • DOJ’s Community Relations Service has facilitated 17 forums since September 2018 focused on protecting places of worship and preventing hate crimes.
  • The President signed the JUST Act, strengthening Holocaust restitution efforts.
  • The Trump Administration removed the last known Nazi criminal from the United States.

This translation is provided as a courtesy and only the original English source should be considered authoritative.
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