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January 28, 2022

What's On Our Mind ...

Across our nation and the world, there were memorials and tributes for the victims of the Holocaust yesterday to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

Reflecting back on that dark time in history is important. Hate did not end when the camps were closed and the Germans were defeated. Similarly, it is just as important to pause and reflect on this moment in time.

Today, nearly 80 years later, hatred still exists, but the vehicle for spreading it has changed. Extremists have exploited Tik Tok and other social media platforms to share hateful content and recruit new followers. 

A recent review of the platform found that antisemitism continues to propagate across the app, including content from known antisemitic figures, as well as posts perpetuating age-old antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories. According to the U.N., 17% of content related to the Holocaust on TikTok either denied or distorted the Holocaust.

The Holocaust is also being used as a political and cultural weapon because it works to stir discontent and to make political points. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen Members of Congress, elected officials, and others use the Holocaust to make baseless and fraudulent comparisons about COVID. Last year saw the highest number of antisemitic incidents worldwide in 10 years.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has compared the requirement to wear safety masks in the U.S. House to the horrors of the Holocaust. Other of her GOP colleagues have also made false comparisons to the Holocaust. She apologized, as they all do. But words matter. Those soundbites will live forever on social media and will be used by others with ill intentions.

Now we are seeing that the teaching of the Holocaust is facing scrutiny. A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, Maus, about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language.” The American Library Association says the number of attempts to ban school library books was 67% higher in September 2021 than in September 2020.

What can you do?

Pay attention to local elections — and get involved.

Report antisemitism and Holocaust denial on Facebook, Tik Tok, and Twitter.

Report antisemitic bias or discriminatory incidents to the ADL.

Call on the Senate to release the months-long hold on the nomination and confirmation of Dr. Deborah Lipstadt as the U.S. Envoy to Combat and Monitor Antisemitism Abroad.


Those that perished during the Holocaust no longer have a voice. But you do. Use it. Do not stay silent.


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In the News

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In the first-ever official visit by an Israeli president, Herzog will fly to the UAE. Israeli military officials are in talks with Russian army officers to calm tensions after Moscow held a military patrol with Syria in the Golan Heights. 106 House members from both parties are pushing to include supplemental Iron Dome funding in the final Congressional spending package.


2021 was the worst year in a decade for antisemitism around the world, a Jewish Agency report finds. In a unanimous vote, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution condemning Holocaust denial. Calls for boosted security funding are intensifying among faith leaders after the Texas synagogue hostage standoff.

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Jewish women are leaders on abortion rights. The broader community must rally behind them. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) writes the 'personal and painful' story of his wife's medically necessary abortion, but he cautions that 'it's not unique and it's why we must protect Roe v. Wade.' From the MS court case to the Biden administration: here are five things to watch as the abortion rights fight peaks in 2022.


During oral arguments this week, Justice Gorsuch derided the constitutional right to separation of church and state. The backlash against right-wing evangelicals is reshaping American politics and faith. A Tennessee couple is suing the state's Department of Children's Services after they were denied services by a state-funded program because of their Judaism.

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'Permitless' carry laws are sweeping the country — and fewer states are requiring gun owners to take live-fire training. Democrats’ razor-thin majority will make history to confirm Justice Breyer’s successor. A 50-50 Senate has never done it before. Biden thinks Putin will invade Ukraine. Read about why the West is so worried.


More inexperienced candidates are running for office these days — and winning. An opening on the Supreme Court will inject urgency into the battle for the Senate majority, with both parties reminding voters of the stakes of the upcoming confirmation battle. Covid has exacerbated tribalism among Democrats and Republicans.

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Here are all the Jewish athletes to watch at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The filmmakers of 'RBG' now have plans to direct a documentary about former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) responded to a DOJ memo by saying that the ERA has already been ratified and should be recognized as the 28th Amendment.

The Last Word

“Today, and every day, we have a moral obligation to honor the victims, learn from the survivors, pay tribute to the rescuers, and carry forth the lessons of last century’s most heinous crime. From the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, to a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, we are continually and painfully reminded that hate doesn’t go away; it only hides,”

— President Biden, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day


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