Congressman Smith’s remarks for virtual rally against anti-Semitism

Below are the remarks by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, for today’s Virtual Rally against Anti-Semitism:

Good afternoon:

I’m Congressman Chris Smith and I strongly believe that the explosion of anti-Semitism in the United States and worldwide must be exposed and rigorously combated.

Two decades ago, the great Jewish human rights leader and former political prisoner in the Soviet Union Natan Sharansky testified at one of my congressional hearings on combating anti-Semitism and said “…there are two important components in this new phenomenon of anti-Semitism. One is using an anti-Israeli campaign for strengthening anti-Semitism and the other is classical anti-Semitism—the old, deep, primitive prejudices against Jews…”

Mr. Sharansky proposed a simple formula for exposing anti-Semitism masquerading as mere policy differences with the nation of Israel and called it the 3D test: demonization, double standard and delegitimization.

All three manifestations of anti-Semitic hate are on full display today as violence against Jews erupts on America’s streets and throughout the world.

The unprovoked massive Hamas missile attack on Israeli civilians earlier this month was an act of extremist terrorism and the loss of Israeli lives was only mitigated by the Iron Dome missile defense system and a justified counterattack by Israeli defense forces.

Israel—like every other nation on earth—will never allow its people and cities to be destroyed by thousands of missiles without deploying whatever it takes to stop the violence.

Anti-Semitism in the United States—which had already been worsening according to the FBI, more than 60% of all anti-religious hate crimes in the U.S. are directed against Jews—is now exploding as never before.

People of conscience must stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters against this rising tide of hate.

Our words and deeds must be clear and bold.

We must absolutely reject anti-Semitism in all of its ugly forms.

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