Smith's remarks at virtual rally against anti-Semitism
Remarks of Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
I’m Congressman Chris Smith and I strongly believe that the explosion of anti-Semitism in the United States and worldwide must be exposed and rigorously combated.
On this Day of Action against anti-Semitism, special thanks to the Orthodox Union, ADL, AJC, Jewish Federations and Hadassah for their extraordinary work and for organizing today’s rally.
Mr. Sharansky, proposed a simple formula for exposing anti-Semitism masquerading as mere policy differences with the nation of Israel and called it the 3D test: demonization, double standard and delegitimization.
All three manifestations of anti-Semitic hate are on full display today as violence against Jews erupts on America’s streets and throughout the world.
The unprovoked massive Hamas missile attack on Israeli civilians earlier this month was an act of extremist terrorism and the loss of Israeli lives was only mitigated by the Iron Dome missile defense system and a justified counterattack by Israeli defense forces.
Israel—like every other nation on earth—will never allow its people and cities to be destroyed by thousands of missiles without deploying whatever it takes to stop the violence.
Anti-Semitism in the United States—which had already been worsening according to the FBI, more than 60% of all anti-religious hate crimes in the U.S. are directed against Jews—is now exploding as never before.
People of conscience must stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters against this rising tide of hate.
Our words and deeds must be clear and bold.
We must absolutely reject anti-Semitism in all of its ugly forms.