A single vote by a Republican representative to oppose a resolution condemning anti-Semitism by the US House of Representatives left the community “outraged”.
Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie cast his only vote against the resolution, which passed the House with an overwhelming majority on Wednesday.
The bill received 420-to-1 bipartisan support while eight other Republicans abstained from voting.
Stop Antisemitism, an advocacy and rights watchdog group, said: “We are outraged to see Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) voting no on a bipartisan House resolution condemning anti-Semitism.”
Mr. Massie did not release a statement explaining his vote.
The Kentucky representative, who has been backed by Donald Trump, won Tuesday’s primary to seek his sixth term in office.
The resolution called on current leaders and elected officials as well as religious leaders to use their positions “to condemn and combat all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”
He called for acknowledging and condemning the “dangerous rise of anti-Semitism around the world and in the United States” and how the community is affected by the grotesque spread of misinformation and lies, including the responsibility of the spread of covid.
He noted that 24% of American Jews have been personally targeted by anti-Semitism in the past year.
Florida Democratic Rep. Wasserman Schultz said the bill would send the message that Americans speak out against growing hostility toward Jews.
“Our story is woven into the history of America through generations of leaders,” she told the House. “Yet, as we honor the profound impact that American Jews have had on our nation and our culture, I must sadly acknowledge that the recognition and understanding that [Jewish American Heritage Month] seeks to promote is more necessary than ever. »
The resolution was passed amid celebrations of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) — an annual observance recognized by former President George W Bush in 2006 toward the contributions of the Jewish people in America.
It also comes after a teenage gunman opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store, killing 10 people in a racially motivated attack.
Investigators have revealed that alleged shooter Payton Gendron was influenced by the “great replacement” theory, which motivated similar mass killings. The baseless theory holds that white people are being disenfranchised and driven out of “white nations” by covert forces through immigration, interracial marriage, integration and violence.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who addressed the House, referenced the Buffalo shooting and said “we must not rationalize or stall” with anti-Semitism.
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