Rep. Cleaver’s Statement Condemning The Rise in Despicable Antisemitic Attacks Against Jewish Americans

May 27, 2021
Press Release

(Kansas City, MO) – Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement condemning the rise in despicable antisemitic attacks against Jewish Americans.

“Irrational hatred of, and violence toward, Jewish Americans has been occurring with alarming frequency, and, as President Biden has said, ‘This must stop.’

“Having been blessed to have come of age under the tutelage of the giants of the Civil Rights Movement, I was taught that the worst thing one could do to the targets of hate was not to join forces with the bigots, but rather to display absolute indifference toward the bigotry. When my Jewish brothers and sisters are wounded, my soul bleeds, as it should for every American.

“Hatred of any of God’s children is an abomination and it must be called out and condemned. I do so with the strongest possible measure of my being.”

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matt Helfant at 202-590-0175 or matthew.helfant@mail.house.gov