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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Mar 4, 2020 In The News

In the spring of 1945, as the war in Europe was drawing to a close, a US Army unit began the liberation of Buchenwald, one of Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camps. It was the first such camp American forces had encountered. They alerted the office of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, about what they had found.

The details of that report so shocked and alarmed Eisenhower that, even in the midst of his final push to win the war, he felt compelled to go and see the camp for himself. He described what he found in a cable:

Mar 2, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK,  NY- On International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congresswoman Maloney’s H.R. 943 - Never Again Education Act to support Holocaust education across the country. Today, this critical legislation has 47 co-sponsors in the US Senate.

 

Congresswoman Maloney released the following statement to update the progress of the bill, and urge for swift passage in the Senate.

 

Feb 1, 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

It was 75 years ago this week, in January of 1945, that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated from the Nazis. The concentration camp was one of the most infamous sites of the Nazi genocide. To mark this day, and to honor the survivors and the memories of those murdered in the Holocaust, the House this week passed my Never Again Education Act and I chaired a hearing in the Committee on Oversight and Reform on what lessons we can take from the Holocaust to combat hate and violence today.

Jan 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, convened a hearing today to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  This hearing examined the lessons learned from the Holocaust and how this history can inform how we address bigotry and hatred today.

Jan 29, 2020 In The News

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, heard a detailed account yesterday from Holocaust survivor Nat Shaffir, who was wearing a gold pin with the Hebrew word ‘zachor’ (remember), during a hearing on combatting hate 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. 

Jan 28, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Monday to allocate $10 million in federal funding over five years to further Holocaust education.

Authored by New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the Never Again Education Act would direct millions of dollars toward expanding the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s education program, supporting a website with curriculum materials for teachers, and hosting workshops in Holocaust education and awareness throughout the country.

Jan 28, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — In a bid to ensure that future generations of Americans “never forget,” students would be taught the horrors of the Holocaust as part of a $10 million federal funding bill that passed the House on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Monday.

Jan 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s H.R. 943 - Never Again Education Act to support Holocaust education across the country. This vote comes as the world recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Jan 11, 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and that your 2020 has been off to a great start.

As we begin the new year, and the second session of the 116th Congress, I wanted to share some of what I’ve been up to.

 

Opposing a War with Iran and Mistreatment of Iranian Americans

Jan 5, 2020 In The News

All the world is a narrow bridge, and the most important thing is to not be afraid.

So goes a famous Jewish folksong, and so was the experience of an estimated 25,000 people who marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City Sunday for a rally against anti-Semitism dubbed “No Hate. No Fear.” Many people could be heard singing that exact song, adapted from the words of a Hasidic master, as they marched — along with am Yisrael chai — the nation of Israel lives — and other secular songs of protest.