Reps. Maloney and Donovan Request Hearing on Holocaust Education Bill Following Pittsburgh Synagogue

Source: The Jewish Voice

In the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Dan Donovan (R-NY) formally requested that the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hold a hearing on their bipartisan bill to bolster Holocaust education across the country. The Never Again Education Act (H.R. 5460) was introduced in April 2018.

In their letter to committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) the members explain the importance and need for this legislation in light of Saturday’s attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue; “On Saturday, October 27th, 11 Jews were killed on Shabbat simply for being in synagogue and practicing their faith. This attack is believed to be the deadliest on the American Jewish community in our nation’s history. This is horrific and unconscionable and comes at a time when anti-Semitic incidents and online harassment are on the rise. The Anti-Defamation League reports that anti-Semitic incidents were up 57% in 2017, from the previous year. As we condemn this horrendous attack and the anti-Semitism that caused it, we also must ensure that our children and students understand the dangers of rising anti-Semitism and that they know its history. For if we do not learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.”

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