Hadassah

Combating Anti-Semitism

Zionist Affairs | Jul 2014

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., deplores the rise in acts of violence perpetrated against Jewish institutions, synagogues and Jewish individuals around the world—most recently the deadly shootings at the Jewish Museum of Belgium and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Anti-Semitic political parties—such as Jobbik in Hungary, Front National in France, Golden Dawn in Greece, and Svoboda in Ukraine—have caused great concern for Jewish communities throughout Europe.  According to a recent study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, many European Jews reported a rise in anti-Semitism in their countries and avoid wearing kippot or other Jewish symbols in public because they fear for their personal safety. 

Throughout the Muslim world, political and religious leaders frequently use anti-Semitic vitriol in statements, schools use anti-Semitic curricula, and states sponsor production and distribution of anti-Semitic materials.    

Hadassah calls on all nations and international bodies to establish or intensify their efforts to track, investigate and prosecute those responsible for anti-Semitic hate crimes. Hadassah also urges political and religious leaders to denounce in the strongest possible terms all anti-Semitic attacks, statements, and propaganda—especially from leaders and communities within their own country or faith. 

Hadassah calls on the United States government to use its resources and influence to urge international leaders to act upon these suggestions and raise awareness in the United States about the issue of global anti-Semitism. 

Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is strictly non-partisan and is prohibited from any direct or indirect support or opposition of candidates for public office.

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