Congressman Nadler Statement on Anti-Semitic "Echo" Attacks on Social Media

Jun 7, 2016 Issues: Civil Liberties, Foreign Affairs/Israel

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) released the following statement condemning the anti-Semitic attacks being organized on social media using "echo" notations to target Jewish media, and in solidarity with those being subjected to online harassment, announced that his social media handles would now include the "((( )))" symbol to take a public stand against such bigotry.

"Today, I join individuals and organizations around the country in including the “echo” around my social media handles in solidarity with those being targeted," said Congressman Jerrold Nadler.  "It is disgusting and intolerable to see the extent of this blanket hatred, yet I remain hopeful when so many people of goodwill are taking a public stand against anti-Semitism in our society.

"I have spent my entire career combatting hatred and bigotry. In the last few weeks, there have been growing reports of online anti-Semitic harassment by members of the neo-Nazi “alt-right.” These individuals are instigating waves of online attacks against Jewish reporters on Twitter and other social media sites by placing an "echo" – denoted by three parentheses around a Jewish person’s name.  The "echo" is intended to suggest that Jews have caused reverberating damage to our society and, in turn, mobilizes groups to threaten and terrorize those targeted.

"There is no place in our society for the incendiary and disgusting rhetoric that we have seen as a result of this "echo" campaign: anti-Semitic cartoons, depictions of Jews in death camps, the release of personal information, and even death threats. We must fight against bigotry and hatred whenever we see it, and I hope many more will speak out to condemn these hateful actions."