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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan, House Vote to Fight Anti-Semitism

May 18, 2017
Press Release
House passes legislation cosponsored by Donovan condemning anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad to promote tolerance worldwide

Washington, DC – May 18, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, yesterday voted in support of the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act, legislation he cosponsored which passed the House with broad bipartisan support. The bill promotes religious tolerance and combats the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.  

Congressman Donovan said, “The rise of anti-Semitic acts and threats that we have seen at home and abroad is alarming and must be addressed. There has been a shocking increase in harassment and violence against the Jewish people, and this bill will help combat this dangerous trend. I will continue to fight against hatred of any kind.”

The bill, which makes clear that combating anti-Semitism is a national priority, calls for increased reporting of anti-Semitic incidents in European countries, collaborative efforts between U.S. and European law enforcement, and efforts to improve security for Jewish communities.

Over the past several years, anti-Semitic rhetoric and attacks on people and places of faith have sharply increased in many European countries. A report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights found that between 2006 and 2014 anti-Semitic acts in France increased from 508 to 851, in the United Kingdom from 459 to 1,168, and in Germany from 60 to 173.

This legislation is part of Donovan’s continued effort to combat anti-Semitism and religious intolerance. Earlier this month, Donovan helped secure $25 million in funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which helps protect at-risk nonprofit institutions, including Jewish Community Centers, churches, and other cultural and community institutions, against threats and attacks.