Cruz: 'My anti-Semitism resolution speaks to prejudices Jews experience which we must acknowledge'



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senator from Texas mr. president today I'd like to thank senator Kaine for joining with me in introducing what should hopefully be a simple but crucially important matter for the Senate to issue an unequivocal direct and clear condemnation of all forms of anti-semitism unfortunately we're living in an era where the need for a strong and clear condemnation of anti-semitism has become acute we are in the midst of a wave of anti-semitism seen both here in the United States and all over the world in just the last few years we have seen repeated anti-semitic comments made publicly including insinuations questioning the loyalty and the patriotism of American Jews we've seen physical violence against Jews including shootings in Jewish places of worship such as the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Habad in po way we've seen a wave of physical attacks against Jews in the streets of New York and we have seen the growth on our college campuses of movement movements to aggressively boycott products made by Jews in Israel and as we've learned this week things have gotten so bad that the New York Times has announced it will simply stop running political cartoons in their international edition after being criticized and forced to apologise for recently running a blatantly anti-semitic cartoon this resolution was also prompted unfortunately by the inability of the House of Representatives to come together and vote on a resolution straightforwardly and directly condemning anti-semitism to many in political life have given in to the extremes including the embrace of boycotts and at times outright hatred hatred for Israel the world's only Jewish state so when the house tried to condemn anti-semitism sadly they were instead forced to water it down into a general resolution to crying bigotry of all sorts listening every group they could think of there's of course nothing wrong with condemning bigotry and hatred in general but anti-semitism is a unique prejudice with a unique history that has led to unique Horrors throughout history Jews today are the most targeted religious group in the United States for hate crimes according to the data compiled by the FBI we need to be able to acknowledge that clearly and directly and that's what this resolution does this resolution outlines how ancient forms of anti-semitism continue to live on today it emphasizes that anti-semitism is a unique form of prejudice stretching back millennia and it condemns the modern form of those ancient prejudices it talks about how anti-semitism has for centuries included exactly what we're seeing here today including physical attacks against Jews including attacks on the loyalty of Jews and accusations of dual loyalty campaigns to boycott to confiscate or destroy Jewish businesses and accusations that Jews use money to purchase political power these are all false and vicious slurs this resolution also speaks to the unique prejudice Jews here in America experience which we must acknowledge I'd like to read one clause in particular in the resolution quote in the United States Jews have suffered from systematic discrimination in the form of exclusion from home ownership in certain neighborhoods prohibition from staying in certain hotels restrictions upon membership in private and other associations limitations upon admission to certain educational institutions and other barriers to equal justice under the law this is a shameful legacy and it makes it all the more incumbent that we as a Senate speak in one voice and stand resolved that the United States condemns and commits to combatting all forms of anti-semitism mr. president this bipartisan resolution has 56 co-sponsors including 14 Democratic senators I am particularly grateful to Senator Kaine and his leadership which has been pivotal in bringing us together to speak united with one clear voice and I'm hopeful that just moments from now the Senate will come together we'll pass a clear denunciation of anti-semitism 100 to nothing so that we are clearly understood and clearly heard with that I yield to my friend senator Kaine