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Friday, April 27, 2018

Condemning Anti-Semitism and Commemorating the Armenian Genocide. CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE.

Condemning Anti-Semitism 

As you may know, the governments of Poland and Ukraine have each recently passed legislation that distorts or denies aspects of the Holocaust. These developments are unacceptable , especially given today’s global surge of anti-Semitism. In response, I have led more than 50 Republicans and Democrats in the House in pushing the U.S. Department of State to exert diplomatic pressure on Ukraine and Poland to reverse course and allow history to speak for itself. That includes pressuring these government to repeal these laws. 

Our government has a responsibility to take a strong stand against anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and all forms of intolerance by calling for the Polish and Ukrainian governments to unequivocally reject Holocaust distortion and the honoring of Nazi collaborators and fully prosecute anti-Semitic crimes. I strongly believe that we should be monitoring instances of Holocaust distortion to ensure that the U.S. is not supporting or funding groups and individuals that promote or justify anti-Semitism. The full text of our letter to the State Department is available by clicking here. 

Commemorating the Armenian Genocide 

This weekend, I will join with members of Rhode Island’s Armenian community to mark 103 years since the Armenian Genocide. Yet, even after all these years, our government continues to refuse to recognize this act of evil. The reality is that 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children were brutally and systematically murdered while living under the Ottoman Empire. 

Over the years, I’ve spoken with many Rhode Islanders who have repeated stories their parents or grandparents told them about living through the horror of the Armenian genocide. After 100 years of waiting, it’s time for the President and the U.S. Government to recognize this fact and to help get justice for the survivors and their families. 

As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov . You can also click here  to follow my work on Twitter.

Warm Regards,
 
David Cicilline
Member of Congress