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.

Select Highlights

  • 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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More on Israel and Jewish Issues

Mar 17, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY ​​ — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of the Never Again Education Act, organized a group of elected officials, along with religious and community leaders, to join together outside of Asphalt Green’s Upper East Side Campus to condemn anti-Semitism in New York City and across the country.

 

Last week, Asphalt Green was defaced with swastikas. This incident is part of an alarming spike in anti-Semitic attacks, hate crimes, and rhetoric throughout New York City and our nation.

 

Mar 8, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

We had another busy week in Washington, DC and I’m excited to see some of you this Sunday at my State of the District event. More information on that and updates from the week below. 

You’re Invited: State of the District Event

Mar 8, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Never Again Education Act (HR 493) which would support Holocaust education programs in schools and address the rise of anti-Semitism across the country, released the following statement in response to reports that the Asphalt Green Upper East Side sports facility had been defaced by swastikas.

Mar 7, 2019 Press Release

“Today, Congress made clear that there is no place for anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, or any other hate-based rhetoric in America. In doing so, we are echoing the words of George Washington who pledged to the Jewish community in Newport, Rhode Island, that ‘the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.’

Feb 11, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Never Again Education Act, which would support holocaust education in schools across the country, released the following statement in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments.

“Rep. Omar apologized for her comments and hopefully recognizes how hurtful her words were.

Feb 4, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Jewish advocacy groups at the Center for Jewish History to address a national rise in anti-Semitism and announce the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act. This historic legislation is a bipartisan bill that will create a new grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to give teachers across the United States the resources and training necessary to teach our nation’s children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the horrific consequences of hate and intolerance.

Oct 31, 2018 Press Release

In the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Dan Donovan (R-NY) formally requested that the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hold a hearing on their bipartisan bill to bolster Holocaust education across the country. The Never Again Education Act (H.R. 5460) was introduced in April 2018.

Oct 29, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I write to you today with a heavy heart following the hateful acts of the past week, culminating in the brutal murder of two African Americans at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky and 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

May 9, 2018 Press Release

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.

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

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.

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