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Rose Attends White House Signing Ceremony for President’s Executive Order Combatting Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

Congressman: ‘Anti-Semitism is incredibly dangerous and rising around the country—and we need to be doing everything possible to ensure it has no place in our communities or college campuses’

Washington, December 11, 2019

Video from the event HERE.

Congressman Max Rose joined President Donald Trump today at the White House for a signing ceremony for an Executive Order to combat anti-Semitic discrimination on college campuses.

“Anti-Semitism is incredibly dangerous and rising around the country—and we need to be doing everything possible to ensure it has no place in our communities or college campuses,” Rose said. “I support the President’s Executive Order to prohibit anti-Semitic discrimination and was honored to join him today at the signing ceremony. The fact of the matter is that we need to look past politics and work to make public spaces safer for Jews and all targeted groups.”

The Executive Order adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s definition of anti-Semitism, which includes examples such as the targeting of the state of Israel; calling for violence against Jews; accusing Jews of harboring loyalty to Israel rather than their own country; denying the state of Israel’s right to exist; and claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor. The definition also states that “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.” The Executive Order is similar in substance to the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016 which passed the Senate in December 2016 but failed to pass the House before the end of that session.

Rose, a Jewish combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan, has helped lead an effort to coordinate U.S. strategy against anti-Semitism overseas and condemned the rise in anti-Semitism at home, including when a Staten Island Synagogue was vandalized with hate speech. This morning, following the attack in Jersey City, Rose issued a statement which said, in part, “As a Jewish American I am deeply alarmed to once more see fellow Jews targeted for murder in places they once considered safe.”

Rose has been a leader in pushing social media companies to do more to combat the spread of terrorism online—including highlighting failures to remove terrorist content on their platforms. Last month, Rose introduced the Raising the Bar Act to hold social media companies accountable and stop the spread of terrorist content online. Additionally, Rose was successful in pressuring social media companies to formalize and transform the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) into a standalone, non-profit institution with full-time staff, as well as in pushing Facebook to ban extremist 8chan links on its platform. 

Additionally, Rose has called on the top social media companies to provide information on their annual budgets for counterterrorism related programs, and blasted unsatisfactory responses from the companies, and called for them to work more closely with law enforcement to prevent the spread of terrorist content on their platforms.