"Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone - and, ultimately, hating himself or herself." -Elie Wiesel
During the Trump Administration, a White House Holocaust statement did not mention Jews. A proposed film outline, authored by a senior White House Advisor, listed the “American Jewish community” among enablers of radical Islamic jihad. A marked upsurge in antisemitic incidents, from bomb threats against JCCs to photoshopped insults and imagery in attacks on Jewish journalists was documented during the Trump campaign and administration. We cannot allow this ugly new manifestation of the ancient scourge of antisemitism - to be normalized.
More recently, the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January of 2021 saw numerous messages referring to the Holocaust: 6WMNE (Six million were not enough), "Camp Auchwitz," and other white supremacist and antisemitic screeds have become the basis, once again, for the extremist hate groups that appear to be growing in the United States.
We commit to speak out against any examples of antisemitic speech, whatever the title or authority of the speaker, to educate ourselves on fighting back against the rise of cyber-based hate speech and to identify and combat antisemitism wherever it occurs: from the highest offices in Washington, DC, to college campuses across the country. The JAC Education Fund will work with coalition partners within the Jewish community and reach beyond it.