American, European political leaders to show solidarity against anti-Semitism

The late Congressman Tom Lantos. Credit: U.S. Congress.

( American and European political leaders will take part in a “Solidarity Sabbath” against anti-Semitism on May 22.

Organized by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, named after the late U.S. House of Representatives member Tom Lantos, the initiative will encourage officials from participating nations to take the following steps: attend Shabbat services on May 22 at a local synagogue, host or attend a Shabbat dinner, issue a public statement, or host a meeting about combating religious intolerance in their country.

Leaders participating in the “Solidarity Sabbath” are from Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. 

“These countries must be commended for sending the unequivocal message that bigotry and hatred will find no sanctuary within their borders,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation.

Members of Congress joining the initiative include Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.); Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.); Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.); Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.); Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.); Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla); Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.); Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.); Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.); and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio).

Posted on May 8, 2015 .