U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) | Contributed photo
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and colleagues Chris Smith (R-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Steve Israel (D-NY) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) launched the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism on Tuesday in the U.S. House.
The congressional members will co-chair the task force and lead initiatives aimed at addressing the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide.
“Around the world, we are witnessing an alarming rise in anti-Semitism that is dangerous and complex," the group said. "Over the past few years, Jewish schools, synagogues, and even homes and property have been targets of anti-Semitic violence. Jewish populations are facing increased levels of hatred, frequently under the guise of political differences or other alibis, but in reality, it is solely because of their faith. It is the responsibility of everyone who believes in basic universal liberties and freedoms to condemn this trend and work together to root out the hatred which underlies anti-Semitism. We look forward to working with our colleagues in Congress to find innovative solutions that match the 21st Century face of this age-old bigotry.”