In the first three months of this year, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the US was 86% higher than the same period last year, according to an April report by Anti-Defamation League which documented 541 anti-Semitic attacks and threats between January and March.
In the face of this dramatic rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the US, a bipartisan group of 64 members of Congress are demanding President Trump immediately reverse course on his decision to slash the budget of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by $3 million, saying “the mission of the museum has never been more important.”
“In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises,” the letter, spearheaded by Reps. Stephanie Murphy, (D-Fla.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), John Katko, (R-N.Y.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), said. “Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure.”
“The museum serves as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, educates the public about how and why the Holocaust occurred, and helps ensure that we never forget the genocide committed against the Jewish people,” the letter said.
“Attempts to cut funding for the museum are misguided, and this letter demonstrates a strong, bipartisan commitment to protecting the museum and the educational value it provides to all Americans,” said Sinema.
“The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of anti-Semitism watchdog group ADL.
The Hill adds:
The cut may play into the hands of Trump’s critics on the left, who have noted with dismay his failure to quickly distance himself from white supremacist leaders during the campaign, his White House’s failure to mention Jews in its Holocaust Memorial Day statement and statements by his Press Secretary Sean Spicer that seemed to overlook the use of gas chambers to kill Jews.