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Top GOP lawmakers introduce bill to combat antisemitic hate crimes

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. David Kustoff, R-TN, introduced a bill Tuesday against antisemitic hate crimes, Fox News is exclusively reporting.

“Over the past several weeks a growing number of House Democrats wrongly blamed the violence in the Middle East on Israel,” McCarthy told Fox. “In fact, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Cori Bush irresponsibly tried to delegitimize our closest ally in the region, calling it an ‘apartheid state.’ Within days, this same sentiment of bigotry spilled into several major U.S. cities. Graphic videos showed pro-Hamas mobs intentionally target random Americans simply because they were Jewish. ” 

He also said that the “hateful attacks contradict the very essence of our nation’s core principles,” adding “Yet socialist Democrats continue to endorse and promote repulsive anti-Semitic rhetoric, while Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer refuse to unambiguously condemn the unhinged statements from members of their own party. This follows more than four years of abhorrent smears from Democratsincluding then-candidate Biden and Whip Clyburn, who frequently equated President Trump and Republicans to Hitler and Nazis, diminishing the atrocities of the last century for cheap political talking points.” 

“In the face of rising anti-Semitism, we cannot turn a blind eye,” McCarthy said. “Jewish Americans deserve not just rhetorical support, but legislative action ensuring that perpetrators of these vile attacks are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That is why Republicans introduced a bill today that would make combating anti-Semitic hate crimes a priority for law enforcement. Republicans stand against these toxic attacks on Jewish-Americans. The entire House must do the same.”

The bill mentions the growing number of antisemitic attacks in the United States amid the conflict between Israel and Palestinian terror groups. There have been a number of attacks in major cities where pro-Palestinian protestors have “tracked down” Jews and beat them for wearing yarmulkes (traditional head coverings for Jewish men) and/or Star of David necklaces.

The recent bill seeks to require the Department of Justice to hire a staffer to handle antisemitic incidents and the Attorney General to issue a report every 90 days for three years to Congress.

The legislation would also strip offenders of the 10-year maximum penalty for federal hate crimes convictions if the offender has at least one prior conviction for a state or federal hate crime felony.

Earlier on Tuesday, McCarthy condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, for comparing COVID mask restrictions to the Holocaust. “Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling. The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity committed in history. The fact that this needs to be stated today is deeply troubling,” he said.

“At a time when the Jewish people face increased violence and threats, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Democrat Party and is completely ignored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Americans must stand together to defeat anti-Semitism and any attempt to diminish the history of the Holocaust. Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.”

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