Target: Eleanor Holmes Norton, United States Representative
Goal: Demand stronger laws and harsher punishments against anti-semitic behavior.
Vandals recently spray-painted Nazi symbols on both a Jewish community center and a church in Fairfax, Virginia. This, coupled with Sean Spicer’s recent disgusting comments regarding the Syrian crisis and the Holocaust, are just more proof that antisemitism is making a strong comeback in the face of the Trump administration.
In a day and age where we are supposed to accept and tolerate others’ religious choices, this sort of behavior is not only unacceptable, but frightening as well. It began with nasty and odious comments and statements, and now it has slid into vandalism as well as violent attacks. We may not be looking at a new Holocaust anytime soon, but people cannot be blamed for fearing such in the near future if this behavior continues.
Jewish citizens do not deserve to have their religion taunted and mocked, nor do they deserve to live in fear when their community centers are attacked and vandalized. We must put a stop to these actions with stronger laws against and harsher punishments for racially-motivated hatred. Sign this petition to protect the Jewish communities of the United States from further attacks.
Dear Representative Norton,
The volume of anti-semitic sentiments, comments, and actions have been on the rise since Trump’s election and inauguration, the most notable being Sean Spicer’s inflammatory comments and a recent act of vandalism toward a Jewish community center. While such anti-Jew sentiments have not completely disappeared at any point in time, they are becoming worse with Trump’s administration in power.
This is not acceptable, not when we are living in an age where the First Amendment is more important than ever. We need stronger laws against anti-Semitic behavior and attacks, and stronger punishments for those who carry them out. Hate speech and hate crimes are not part of the “free speech” these people tend to use as an excuse for such actions, and we must curb this behavior before it gets worse. Please enforce anti-hate crime laws more strongly, let these people know that their attacks on the Jewish communities will not be allowed.
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