(Washington D.C. -- March 7th, 2019) -- StandWithUs agrees wholeheartedly with the content of House Resolution 183, which condemns anti-Semitism and other forms of hate. At the same time, we echo the disappointment of Congressman Ted Deutch (D - Florida), who made a strong moral case that anti-Semitism deserves its own attention and condemnation. The resolution that passed was an amended version - the original focused almost entirely on anti-Semitism.
"Congresswoman Ilhan Omar insinuated that Jews and others who care about Israel are not loyal enough to America. The House resolution includes a clear explanation of why such rhetoric is not only anti-Semitic, but also harmful to our values as a nation of immigrants," said Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. "There is no question that all the other forms of hate that were added to the original resolution must be stopped as well. That said, it is troubling that Congress could not condemn anti-Semitism on its own or hold one of its members accountable more directly."
StandWithUs hopes this will be the last time Omar and other Members of Congress use their platform to express anti-Semitism or any other form of bigotry. We will continue to educate people and fight back against hatred towards Israel and Jews around the world.
StandWithUs (SWU) is a seventeen-year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization. Through fellowships, conferences, materials, social media, educational films, and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their campuses and communities about Israel.
Based in Los Angeles, SWU has chapters throughout the United States, in Israel, Canada, and the U.K.