Israel and Jewish Issues

Throughout her Congressional career, 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. She is committed to fighting hate in all its forms, including antisemitism, wherever and whenever is appears. Believing that we should take a proactive approach to prevent antisemitism, Congresswoman Maloney introduced the Never Again Education Act, signed into law in 2020, to provide educators with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust.  

 

Standing with the Jewish Community 

Never Again Education 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. She believes that by taking a proactive approach through education, we can stop antisemitism before it starts. Our children are not born with hate in their hearts, and it is up to us to ensure they never learn it. Learn more about the Never Again Education Act here.

 

Combatting antisemitism: Congresswoman Maloneya member of the task force against antisemitism, is the author of the Never Again Education Act, legislation to provide educators with the tools they need to teach about the Holocaust and the dangers of antisemitism and hate. She stands with the Jewish community in NY-12 and all across the country against all acts of antisemitism and continues to seek policy solutions to protect the Jewish community from these acts. 

 

Additional Select Highlights 

  • Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act: Congresswoman Maloney’s Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act 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. 

 

  • 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. You can read more here. 

 

  • 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. 

 

Standing with Israel 

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. 

 

Facilitating a two-state solutionCongresswoman Maloney believes that the United States should use its diplomatic and development tools to encourage direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. As part of this approach, she believes that Palestinian leaders must recognize Israel as a Jewish State and end terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians. 

 

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. 

 

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More on Israel and Jewish Issues

May 28, 2021 In The News

A bipartisan group of House members, led by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Grace Meng (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), is expected to send a letter to President Joe Biden on Friday urging him to take swift action to combat rising antisemitism and antisemitic hate crimes, Jewish Insider has learned.

May 25, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Never Again Education Act, released the following statement condemning the recent spike in antisemitism in New York, the country, and around the world.

 

“The recent spate of antisemitism online and here in New York, across the country, and around the world is disturbing and cannot be tolerated. I am extremely concerned that many American Jews have felt the need to hide their identity to stay safe. It’s up to all of us to stop and stand up to antisemitism wherever and whenever we see it. 

 

May 13, 2021 Press Release

“The current situation in Israel and Gaza is untenable and unacceptable and every life is valuable. Too many lives have been lost – including Israeli and Palestinian children – and we need to restore calm.

 

Jan 17, 2021 In The News

Battery Park City residents and elected officials gathered in a show of solidarity outside of the Museum of Jewish Heritage last week just days after the building’s entrance was defiled with a confederate flag.

A large group — including many children — arrived at 36 Battery Place just before 4 p.m. on Jan. 14, joining neighbors, educators, politicians, students, and sympathetic persons who held a vigil after a confederate flag was discovered tied to the museum’s doors overnight on Jan. 8.

Oct 30, 2020 In The News

The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee plans to subpoena US Customs and Border Protection for documents relating to inappropriate or derogatory social media posts or the Facebook groups that had such posts, according to a memo obtained by CNN. 

Aug 11, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of the Never Again Education Act, joined Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright outside of her office to condemn the anti-Semitic defacement that was discovered there earlier this morning. Standing alongside religious and community leaders, the Congresswoman released the following statement,

Jun 4, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, sponsor of the Never Again Education Act which was signed into law last week, was joined by bill co-leads Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Saul Carbajal (D-CA), and Don Bacon (R-NE) in requesting that the Committee on Appropriations including funding for the bill’s programming for Fiscal Year 2021.

Jun 1, 2020 In The News

Amid the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Never Again Education Act into law on Friday as part of Jewish American Heritage Month, one month after the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

May 30, 2020 In The News

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Never Again Education Act, which seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States, into law on Friday.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation in January, while the U.S. Senate did so on May 13.

The new law expands the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) education programming to teachers nationwide, requiring the museum to develop and disseminate resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons.

May 29, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of H.R.943, the Never Again Education Act, released the following statement after the legislation was signed into law today. The Never Again Education Act supports Holocaust education across the country by bolstering the already expansive educational resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).