Senate resolution recognizes Israeli-American community's contributions

Co-chair senates of the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations introduces resolution which condemns antisemitism and discrimination, honors Israel-American population who 'contribute heavily to the welfare and diversity of the U.S.'

Itamar Eichner|
A Senate resolution to recognize the Israeli-American community's contributions was introduced on Thursday by Senators Jacky Rosen and Tim Scott.
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  • Rosen (Democrat - Nevada) and Scott (Republican - South Carolina) are co-chairs of the Bipartisan Senate Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations. The senators collaborated with "Israeli American Council (IAC) for Action" to put together this resolution.
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    Jacky Rosen
    Jacky Rosen
    Jacky Rosen
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    The resolution condemns discrimination against Israeli-Americans, "aimed to marginalize or disenfranchise members of the Israeli-American community, the Jewish community broadly and individuals of Israeli or Jewish origin." Additionally, it condemns antisemitism which may "infringe upon the ability of Israeli Americans and other individuals to celebrate Israeli-American heritage and a deep connection to Israel."
    The Israeli-American population, estimated at over 800,000 people, was regarded a “vibrant immigrant community whose values prompt them to contribute heavily to the welfare and diversity of the United States."
    The resolution also recognizes the wide array of the contributions of the community to American culture, and their significance in strengthening ties with Israel.
    It also applauds the Israeli-American impact on health sciences, pharmaceutics, disaster relief, astrophysics, mathematics, chemistry, aerospace engineering, biotech, agriculture, and Internet technologies. Furthermore, it praises the Israeli-Americans and the Jewish community, for advancing civil rights, equal protection and justice for all, particularly the most vulnerable sectors of society.
    The co-chairs both introduced the resolution, emphasizing their condemnation of any form of discrimination and hate.
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     כנס ארגון הקהילה הישראלית אמריקנית IAC פלורידה ארה"ב
    Israeli-American Council National Summit
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    “As the third Jewish woman to ever serve in the U.S. Senate, I am proud to help introduce this resolution to honor the culture, heritage, and legacy of Israeli-Americans," Rosen said. "At a time of rising antisemitism that impacts Israeli-Americans, this resolution recognizes their contributions to the United States and condemns all forms of hate and discrimination,” Rosen added.
    “It particularly pains me to see the Jewish community, and in particular the Israeli-American subset, targeted with national origin discrimination by the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) hate movement, said Scott. "This hate and bias has no place in the United States of America,” Scott concluded.
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    Tim Scott
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    The Israeli American Council (IAC) thanked the senators for working on the resolution with IAC’s legislative and policy-making arm, the Israeli-American Coalition for Action (IAC For Action).
    “We are proud that our community and institutions have matured to the point that the Israeli-American story and our contributions to America are worthy of such acknowledgment,” said the IAC.
    “This resolution comes at a crucial time for the Israeli-American and pro-Israel community who are unjustly being targeted at record levels, based on national origin bias. With the rise of antisemitism and national-origin discrimination against Israeli-Americans, now is the time for leaders to stand up with a voice of moral clarity, and we are grateful that Senators Jackie Rosen and Tim Scott are doing so.”
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