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 9, 2017 Press Release

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.

Mar 3, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of Congress’s Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, today brought together Jewish community leaders, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and the NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism to call for more federal action in response of the recent wave of anti-Semitic sentiment and actions, including multiple reports of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.
Dec 23, 2016 Press Release

Following the UN Security Council’s passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlements today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

Jun 8, 2016 Press Release

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:

Dec 10, 2015 Press Release

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.”

Oct 13, 2015 Press Release

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:

Aug 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on her intent to oppose the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1:

Jul 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in reaction to the proposed P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran:

“Iran has unquestionably been a dangerous actor in the region and around the world, and it would be even more dangerous if it were to gain a nuclear weapon. That is why President Obama and the international community have worked so hard to find a diplomatic solution to end Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement reached by the P5+1 is complicated and must now be carefully scrutinized.

Jul 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded the French Parliament for its approval of a historic agreement reached between U.S. and French diplomats to compensate Holocaust victims who were deported on Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF) trains. Maloney’s efforts helped bring the French to the negotiating table. Maloney authored the Holocaust Rail Justice Act (H.R. 1505) to allow Holocaust victims living in the U.S. to sue SNCF and had led opposition to public rail contracts for SNCF until the company paid for its crimes.

Dec 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) this week hailed a victory in a decade’s long fight to secure compensation for Holocaust victims who were deported to Nazi death camps aboard Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF) trains. A historic agreement reached by U.S. and French diplomats would establish a $60 million fund to compensate several thousand U.S. citizens and others around the world.

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