Rosen, Blackburn Resolution Condemning Antisemitism at Higher Education Institutions Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution led by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), James Lankford (R-OK), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) that denounces antisemitism at institutions of higher education and pushes college and university leaders, administrators, and faculty to voice their opposition to antisemitism on campus.

“I’m appalled by the recent antisemitic incidents we’ve seen on college campuses across our nation, aimed at intimidating Jewish students and celebrating Hamas’s horrific terrorist attacks on Israel,” said Senator Rosen. “Schools have a responsibility to protect their Jewish students in the face of this blatant bigotry. I’m proud to have helped lead this bipartisan resolution to show that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are united in calling out this kind of hatred.”

“After the horrific atrocities committed by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7, we witnessed a wave of antisemitism on college campuses by anti-Israel groups praising Hamas’ mass murder of Jews,” said Senator Blackburn. “Let me be clear: this kind of hatred has no place in America. I appreciate my Senate colleagues for swiftly and unanimously passing my resolution condemning antisemitism in our higher education institutions and urging campus staff to take action when it arises.”

This resolution is supported by the American Jewish Committee, Agudath Israel of America, ADL, B’nai B’rith International, Hadassah — The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, J Street, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish on Campus, Republican Jewish Coalition, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and World Jewish Congress.

Senator Rosen has been a leader in countering antisemitism. Last week, she helped lead a push to call for increased funding to protect synagogues and Jewish community centers from targeted violence. Earlier this year, Senator Rosen introduced, alongside Senator Lankford, the Holocaust Education and Antisemitism Lessons (HEAL) Act to strengthen Holocaust education in the United States. Last Congress, her bipartisan Never Again Education Act was signed into law, establishing a federal fund to provide teachers with resources and training necessary to educate students on the important lessons of the Holocaust.