Sen. Hawley Introduces Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism From Media, Elected Officials

By Julia Johnson | May 25, 2021 | 2:22pm EDT
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – On Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution “condemning hate and violence against Jews,” specifically from elected officials and the media who help to inspire much of the violence, according to the senator. This comes in the wake of surges of anti-Semitic violence in this country and in Europe.

The resolution also seeks to “denounce anti-Israel rhetoric” and reaffirm that Jews deserve both dignity and respect. 

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“The sickening rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the United States and around the world must end, along with the hateful anti-Israel rhetoric from politicians and the media that inspires the violence,” said Hawley. 

MSNBC published an article describing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians as “ethnic cleansing.” Many other media outlets have painted the Israelis as the bad guys in the conflict.

The Anti-Defamation League reported an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last Thursday. They received 193 reports of “possible anti-Semitic incidents” in the week following the conflict between Israel and Palestine, compared to 131 the week prior. 

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The ADL also reportedly found 17,000 tweets containing the phrase “Hitler was right” or similar phrases in the days following the beginning of the conflict. 

Hawley’s resolution notes that, “pro-Palestinian protestors threatened, shoved, and threw fireworks at bystanders in the Diamond District of Midtown Manhattan, an area with many Jewish-owned businesses”; “a Member of Congress tweeted, ‘The Israeli military’s occupation continues. The blockade continues. The ethnic cleansing continues’”; “a Member of Congress described Israel in a tweet as an ‘apartheid state’”; and “convoys of trucks bearing Palestinian flags drove through London shouting through loudspeakers: “F*** the Jews,” “F*** their mothers,” “F*** their daughters,” and “Rape their daughters.”

According to Hawley’s press office, the resolution is supported by both the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Family Research Council

Cosponsoring the bill are Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-La.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas.), Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

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