WASHINGTON, DC — September 24, 2020 — Jewish members of the House of Representatives—led by the most senior Jewish members of Congress, Congressman Eliot L. Engel and Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey—sent a letter to Leader Kevin McCarthy imploring him to cease making anti-Semitism a partisan issue. The members offered to meet with Mr. McCarthy to discuss how these partisan tactics ultimately undermine the bipartisan fight against anti-Semitism.
The Members wrote, “To be clear, every clearly partisan maneuver in which House Republicans seek to play ‘gotcha’ politics with Jewish lives—including partisan motions to recommit on anti-Semitism—makes the fight against anti-Semitism harder. This is especially true when members then vote against the underlying bill after a motion to recommit passes, thereby clearly demonstrating that those members are only interested in the partisan maneuver.”
The letter was signed by the following House Members: Engel, Lowey, Nadler, Deutch, Wasserman Schultz, Schakowsky, Sherman, Andy Levin, Raskin, Schneider, Wild, Frankel, Cohen, Davis, Lowenthal, Schrier, Mike Levin, Cicilline, Schiff, Phillips, Slotkin.
Text of the letter is attached and can be found below:
September 24, 2020
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
U.S. House of Representatives
326 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Leader McCarthy:
As Jewish members of Congress, we write to you at a time of uncertainty and concern in the United States. Jewish communities have seen a rise in violence, property damage and harassment. Pittsburgh, Poway, Monsey, Jersey City, and Brooklyn are sadly new touchstones for the American Jewish community.
We do not distinguish between left-wing and right-wing anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is wrong, no matter the source, and we will continue to fight anti-Semitism wherever it is.
But, this fight against anti-Semitism cannot be fought by Jews alone. If we are to prevail against anti-Semitism, we need allies to join us—both Democratic and Republican. The fight against anti-Semitism must be seen by those who traffic in attacks against Jews as a bipartisan fight. It actually hurts our efforts to make this a partisan issue. Jews are not a political football, and to treat Jews as such devalues Jewish lives and makes it more difficult to fight the dangerous and deadly trends of growing anti-Semitism.
To be clear, every clearly partisan maneuver in which House Republicans seek to play “gotcha” politics with Jewish lives—including partisan motions to recommit on anti-Semitism—makes the fight against anti-Semitism harder. This is especially true when members then vote against the underlying bill after a motion to recommit passes, thereby clearly demonstrating that those members are only interested in the partisan maneuver.
Before a member of the Republican Conference introduces another motion to recommit on issues related to anti-Semitism, we invite you to meet with Jewish members of Congress to hear our perspective. We would like to share views with you about the effects of these partisan motions to recommit about the Jewish community. We look forward to scheduling time together so that you can better understand our deep commitment to the bipartisan fight against anti-Semitism.
SOURCE: SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications and Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel