A bill encouraging locals to report antisemitism in Europe was passed unanimously last Wednesday by the House of Representatives in Washington D.C.
The bill acknowledges the ongoing growth in antisemitism is increasing throughout Europe, and requires the State Department to report to Congress directly concerning security challenges to European Jewish communities local law enforcement officials.
The bill also called for increased efforts in Europe to educate against antisemitism and asked European nations to adopt a uniform definition of antisemitism. The fact that a definition is lacking makes it more difficult for countries to confront and deal with this problem.
“This bill would require the U.S. government and encourage our global partners to continue to take a hard look at antisemitism in Europe, provide a thorough assessment of trends, and outline what the United States and our partners are doing to meet this challenge,” said a statement from the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.
Source: The Forward
by: Efrat Baron