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Rose Delivers Floor Speech on Actions Taken to Address Rising Anti-Semitism

Congressman led effort to increase security funding for non-profit, religious institutions and will chair Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on anti-Semitic terrorism next week

Washington, January 8, 2020

Video of Rose’s speech HERE.

Congressman Max Rose, the first Jewish Member of Congress from Staten Island, gave a speech before the House of Representatives today on the rising levels of anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes across New York City, as well as his continued efforts to address this crisis.

“Since December 23rd, there have been over a dozen attacks on Jews across New York City, this after the terror attack in Jersey City that claimed three innocent lives and a horrific terrorist attack in Monsey, New York,” said Rose in a speech on the House floor. “This City, where Jews have come for 366 years to freely practice their religion. Enough is enough. Tweets and words of support are not enough. At a time of crisis like this we must have action. It is for that reason, on January 15th, the Homeland subcommittee that I chair will hold a hearing on the rise of anti-Semitism. We have got to explore increased funding mosques and synagogues and churches, increased focus on a domestic terrorism charge, and increased focus on the rise of a neo-Nazi movement both nationally and globally.”

Last week, Rose announced that as Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, he will hold a Congressional hearing Wednesday, January 15th on the rise of anti-Semitic domestic terrorism attacks, the federal government’s response, and additional steps that can and should be taken to properly address the threats and ensure safety and security for Jewish communities.

Rose has been consistent in keeping his focus on addressing the threats of international and domestic terrorism. Rose was successful in his bipartisan effort to increase funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $90 million, a 50 percent increase, which provides critical support and protection for nonprofit and religious institutions like synagogues, churches, mosques, and community centers which have increasingly been targets of terrorism. Last summer, Rose hosted a grant workshop for nonprofit and religious institutions with government officials to assist religious and nonprofit institutions on security grant programs—and will host additional workshops in the coming weeks.

Included in the annual defense bill, which was recently signed into law, is an amended version of the Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act, of which Rose was an original co-sponsor, that will require the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to produce an annual report on domestic terror incidents and how the government is responding.

At a recent hearing, Rose pressed the Director of the FBI on whether or not law enforcement has the necessary tools and authority to properly address the threats of white supremacist terrorism. Earlier this month, Rose led a letter with 40 Members of Congress to the Secretary of State demanding answers as to why foreign white supremacist extremist groups are not included on the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

Additionally, Rose chaired a joint hearing recently on the challenge of white nationalist terrorism at home and abroad which shed new light on the growing threat of domestic terrorists inspire by white supremacist groups abroad.

Rose’s speech as delivered:

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to highlight the epidemic of anti-Jewish hatred taking place in New York City and across the country.

Since December 23rd, there have been over a dozen attacks on Jews across New York City, this after the terror attack in Jersey City that claimed three innocent lives and a horrific terrorist attack in Monsey, New York.

This City, where Jews have come for 366 years to freely practice their religion. Enough is enough. Tweets and words of support are not enough. At a time of crisis like this we must have action.

It is for that reason, on January 15th, the Homeland subcommittee that I chair will hold a hearing on the rise of anti-Semitism. We have got to explore increased funding mosques and synagogues and churches, increased focus on a domestic terrorism charge, and increased focus on the rise of a neo-Nazi movement both nationally and globally.

Once again: Tweets, thoughts, and prayers are not enough right now. We need action.

Thank you, I yield back.

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