Donovan Joins Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism
May 17, 2018
Group fights against alarming rise of anti-Semitism and promotes mutual respect and tolerance
Washington, DC – May 17, 2018….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) announced that he joined the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism. The group brings together House members from both sides of the aisle to develop effective strategies to address anti-Semitism and promote tolerance worldwide.
Congressman Donovan said, “The rise of anti-Semitic acts and threats is alarming, and it’s our responsibility as a democratic society to address this dangerous trend. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism to fight hatred and bigotry and help better ensure Jewish communities across the nation are safe.”
The Taskforce educates members on the dangerous rise of anti-Semitic incidents and engages with the administration, foreign leaders and other stakeholders to put forth solutions to combat hate and intolerance. Additionally, the group promotes Holocaust remembrance and education initiatives.
In his first action on the Taskforce, Congressman Donovan signed onto a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for the appointment of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. State Department. This position, which is currently vacant, is responsible for leading important diplomatic efforts to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry.
Over the past several years, anti-Semitic rhetoric and attacks on people and places of faith have increased. Last year alone, Jewish institutions, including community centers, schools, and places of worship, received more than 160 bomb threats, including two threats to Jewish Community Centers on Staten Island.
Joining this group is part of Donovan’s continued commitment to fighting anti-Semitism and religious intolerance. 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 institutions, against attacks. He is also a cosponsor of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act and the Never Again Education Act, legislation that aims to improve efforts to prevent genocide and provides increased resources to educate students on the Holocaust.