On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz gave one of the most important statements on anti-Semitism delivered by an American public official in the last few decades.
The resolution he was introducing, unanimously passed by the Senate and co-sponsored by Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, bears reading in its entirety. In his speech, Senator Cruz explained the impetus for the resolution, and why it is needed now more than ever:
Unfortunately, we’re living in an era where the need for a strong and clear condemnation of anti-Semitism has become acute.
We are in the midst of a wave of anti-Semitism seen both here in the United States and all over the world. In just the last few years, we have seen repeated anti-Semitic comments made publicly, including insinuations questioning the loyalty and the patriotism of American Jews. We’ve seen physical violence against Jews, including shootings in Jewish places of worship such as the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Chabad in Poway. We’ve seen a wave of physical attacks against Jews in the streets of New York. And we have seen the growth on our college campuses of movements to aggressively boycott products made by Jews in Israel. And as we’ve learned this week, things have gotten so bad that the New York Times has announced it will simply stop running political cartoons in their International edition after being criticized and forced to apologize for recently running a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon.