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The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee today unanimously passed a resolution which condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and rejects attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred.

The resolution notes that:

Throughout the last decade, there has been clear evidence of increasing incidents and expressions of anti-Semitism throughout the world.

More recently, in a 2018 report, the Anti-Defamation League noted that in 2018 there were 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents against Jews and Jewish institutions, which included the deadliest attack on Jewish persons in American history on October 27, 2018 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where 11 worshippers were killed. In 2018, a report showed New Jersey ranked third in the nation in anti-Semitic incidents with 200 anti-Semitic incidents reported. In 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported an increase in hate crimes against Jews or Jewish institutions and found that attacks against Jews or Jewish institutions made up 60.3 percent of all religious-based hate crimes.

There is an urgent need to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities, and synagogues, schools, cemeteries, and other institutions. Anti-Semitism is the centuries-old bigotry and form of racism faced by Jewish people simply because they are Jews. Anti-Semitism is a challenge to the basic principles of tolerance, pluralism, and democracy and the shared values that bind Americans together. The First Amendment to the Constitution established the United States as a country committed to the principles of tolerance and religious freedom, and the Fourteenth Amendment established equal protection of the laws as the heart of justice in the United States. Adherence to these principles is vital to the progress of the American people and the diverse communities and religious groups of the State of New Jersey.


The New Jersey Legislature unequivocally condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and rejects attempts in this State, the United States, and throughout the world to justify anti-Jewish hatred.

Curiously, while this Senate Concurrent Resolution (No. 42) was first introduced back on January 31, 2022, it was only released from Committee today.

It is primarily sponsored by Senate President Nick Scutari and Senator Troy Singleton. It is co-sponsored by Senator Bob Singer as well as additional senators.

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