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Leading the Fight Against Antisemitism

Dear Friends,

Over the past few weeks, I've heard from many of you concerned about the troubling rise of antisemitism across our nation. As the most senior Jewish Member of Congress, I take my responsibility to protect the Jewish community—and those of all faiths—from hateful rhetoric seriously. I'm concerned, however, that the approach conservatives are taking to counter these attacks fails to meet the moment we face. 

We need tangible solutions to this crisis, not political grandstanding and showmanship. That's why last week, I led the opposition to a bill that, despite its deceptive title, would chill constitutionally protected speech while doing nothing to fund the programs that actually protect college campuses and houses of worship.

As a longtime champion of civil liberties, I'm steadfast in my support of Americans' right to free expression, so long as it doesn't violate the civil rights of others or become violent or threatening speech. 

Recently, I sat down with POLITICO to discuss what Congress should be doing to combat antisemitism. 


In the face of over 20 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in NYC, Congressman Nadler and Senator Schumer announced an additional $400 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to ensure every house of worship has the resources necessary to protect themselves against rising threats.


The Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding for churches, synagogues, and mosques to enhance building security, hire guards, and more.  The deadline to apply is May 21, and I encourage all eligible to do so. 


Congressman Nadler discusses the need to increase funding for the Office of Civil Rights with the Reverend Al Sharpton on MSNBC.

We also must increase funding for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which is responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws on college campuses. This year, President Biden has called for a 27% increase in OCR funding to address the dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents. Unfortunately, conservatives have called for a 25% cut, which would undermine the ability to prosecute these cases. 

Click here to read Congressman Nadler's Op-Ed in The Washington Post on why Congress' current approach to countering antisemitism is shortsighted. 


Finally, I will also continue to work towards implementing President Biden's U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, an all-of-government approach to address this crisis. I urge Speaker Johnson to bring the bipartisan Countering Antisemitism Act to a vote, which would implement the policies necessary to keep Jewish communities safe. 



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