Israel and Jewish Issues
Throughout her years in Congress Congresswoman Maloney has been a vocal proponent for a close relationship between the United States and Israel. Israel is a strong American ally and the only real democracy in the Middle East. Congresswoman Maloney has stood with her constituents to support Israel at rallies in her district, as well as on the floor of the House.
Maintaining a strong US-Israel relationship: Congresswoman Maloney has always stood with her constituents in support of Israel. Israel has withstood decades of attacks from its neighbors, and yet has managed to maintain a flourishing, free and open, multi-cultural society that is at the forefront of many technological and medical breakthroughs. It is imperative that the United States maintains a strong relationship with the nation.
Foreign Aid: Every year, Congresswoman Maloney votes in support of maintaining $3.1 billion in annual aid to Israel. In the summer of 2014, Congresswoman Maloney also supported increased funding for the Iron Dome.
Ensuring Nazi war criminals do not receive Social Security benefits: Dozens of known Nazi war criminals have received millions of dollars in Social Security benefits since the Holocaust from the United States. Congresswoman Maloney has championed the effort to ensure the government ends all of these payments and holds these criminals accountable for their horrific human rights violations.
Facilitating a Two-State Solution: The United States should use its diplomatic and development tools to encourage Palestinian leaders to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and end terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.
Combatting Anti-Semitism: Congresswoman Maloney participated in an anti-Durban II conference and has spoken out against anti-Semitic acts around the world. She is also a member of the task force against anti-Semitism.
- Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act: Congresswoman Maloney sponsored this act, which was signed into law on March 25, 2005. This law opened sealed government files that had remained closed for more than 50 years after World War II, in an attempt to create more transparency for Holocaust victims or their surviving family members and hold war criminals accountable. These files showed what the United States knew about these criminals and contained details of the United States’ relationships with former war criminals from Nazi Germany and Japan.
- Holocaust Education Assistance Act: The Holocaust was one of the darkest points in world history. Congresswoman Maloney believes it is important that current and future generations have an opportunity to study and better understand the Holocaust so that the country and world truly never forget. This legislation authorizes the Secretary of Education to issue competitive grants to educational organizations to initiate and fund educational programs on the Holocaust.
- SNCF Compensation for U.S. Holocaust Victims: In 2011 Congresswoman Maloney introduced the Holocaust Rail Justice Act. This legislation allowed Holocaust survivors and their families, who suffered death or injury while being transported to concentration camps on the national French-owned Rail line (SNCF) between 1942 and 1944, to seek justice from SNCF in U.S. courts. This important legislation sparked negotiations in 2015 between France and the U.S. State Department, which led to a historic settlement for these Holocaust victims. Read More
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month:
“The Jewish American community has played a vital role in the development of our great nation. During the month of May, which has been designated as Jewish American Heritage Month, I want to take the time to celebrate this proud and vibrant community that has helped form the backbone of American history and continues to play a critical role in our national identity.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Israel’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:
“The Holocaust stands as the most horrific embodiment of human depravity, fear, and hatred in our history. The innocent victims of this atrocity numbered eleven million, among them six million Jews.
WASHINGTON — A New York congresswoman is set to introduce a bill to the US House of Representatives this week aimed at increasing and improving Holocaust education in the United States.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, announced on Monday that she had partnered with Jewish advocacy groups to craft the Never Again Education Act, legislation designed to give American teachers the “resources and training” to teach the Holocaust more effectively.
NEW YORK—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today joined Jewish advocacy groups at a Holocaust education center in Manhattan, NY to recognize the Week of Remembrance and announce the introduction of the Never Again Education Act, legislation that will give teachers across the United States the resources and training they need to teach our children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of intolerance and hate.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the Congressional Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, moved to increase awareness about the Holocaust today with introduction of the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act. The legislation will support educational organizations’ work to teach students about the Holocaust and its lessons for contemporary conflict. It authorizes the Department of Education to award grants funded by private donations to nonprofit educational organizations.
Following the UN Security Council’s passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlements today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:
Following the terror attack in Tel Aviv today, during which two gunmen opened fire, killing at least three victims and wounding others, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:
New York, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney joined East Siders in celebrating the renewal of the menorah in Carl Schurz Park that had been vandalized Sunday night:
“It is deeply disturbing to me that someone would purposely try to destroy a symbol of Chanukah, and I am delighted that the menorah has been rebuilt and relit. I hope, in keeping with this festival of lights and the undaunted spirit of the Macabees, the renewed menorah will demonstrate our unwillingness to give in to the forces of darkness and anti-Semitism who tried to dim our holiday spirit.”
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement on the terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians over the last few days: