Hagerty Joins Effort to Condemn Violence Against Jews, Anti-Israel Rhetoric from Politicians and Media

May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and 18 other GOP colleagues to introduce a resolution condemning hatred and violence against Jews, denouncing anti-Israel rhetoric from elected officials and the media, and reaffirming that Jews must be treated with dignity and respect. The resolution is supported by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Family Research Council.

“I’m proud to stand with Israel and the Jewish community in the United States and around the world, and to co-sponsor this important and timely Senate resolution condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitic violence and rhetoric,” Senator Hagerty said.“I support Israel’s recent efforts to defend its people from rocket attacks by Hamas and other Iran-backed terrorists in Gaza who hide behind human shields and indiscriminately target civilians in Israel. For anyone to use this conflict to discriminate and spread lies against the Jewish people is wholly unacceptable.”

In recent weeks, Jewish people in the United States have been threatened, cursed at, spit on, burned, and physically assaulted in nearly 200 documented attacks since the start of the most recent Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

Last week, Senator Hagerty urged the Biden administration to do more to support Israel against rocket attacks from Palestinian terrorists. He also joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), to introduce legislation to halt U.S. foreign assistance from going to Gaza and other Hamas-dominated areas and instead to redirect these resources to help Israel resupply its live-saving IRON DOME interceptors.