House urges Europe to combat anti-Semitism
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The House passed a resolution Tuesday calling on European governments to enhance security efforts protecting Jews from anti-Semitic attacks.

Passed 418-0, the resolution cites recent anti-Semitic massacres this year at a kosher supermarket in Paris and the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen during a bat mitzvah as evidence of religiously motivated violence.

“The slaughter of these people, their persecution, leaves for humanity the thought: Have we learned nothing from the Holocaust?” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). 


“European leaders must unequivocally send this message to their people and act to provide greater protection for their Jewish citizens,” he added.

The measure further urges the U.S. government to coordinate with European law enforcement agencies to share information to mitigate potential attacks and train Jewish community groups to protect themselves.

The House also passed a resolution by voice vote on Monday condemning anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement from the Palestinian Authority amid an uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence. It further urges Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to end all official incitement and take steps to discourage the violence.

“We have to stand together as Americans, regardless of party affiliation, and say: we will not countenance terror. And we are going to point fingers at the Palestinian Authority, who has been utterly irresponsible in this whole thing,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a similar measure.