June 04, 2021

Wyden Statement on Rise of Anti-Semitic Hate

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement: 

"I have always stood against anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate and discrimination, and I do not care one iota whether this bigotry comes from the political right or the political left. So I note with dismay and anger that anti-Semitic attacks, harassment and rhetoric continue to spike around the world.  Just this week, the European Union documented a surge in online anti-Semitism during the COVID-19 pandemic and the UJA Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto reported that anti-Semitics acts were up 500% in May. The United States is hardly immune to this plague. In the past month, anti-Semitic attacks have been documented from Los Angeles to New York City, vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic symbols on Oregon’s Holocaust memorial and a synagogue in Utah and a Tennessee store made news for selling Star of David patches to further a political agenda. These disgraceful acts cannot go unchallenged. I have joined many Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution to denounce and condemn anti-Semitism, and I will continue working with other senators and the Biden administration to push back against this rising tide of anti-Jewish hate."