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File #: 23-0965    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 6/3/2023 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/8/2023 Final action: 6/8/2023
Enactment date: 6/8/2023 Enactment #: 215558
Title: That the Somerville City Council condemns antisemitism.
Sponsors: Kristen Strezo, Willie Burnley Jr., Jesse Clingan, Lance L. Davis, Ben Ewen-Campen, Beatriz Gomez Mouakad , Charlotte Kelly, Matthew McLaughlin, Judy Pineda Neufeld, Jefferson Thomas (J.T.) Scott, Jake Wilson
Indexes: City Clerk
Attachments: 1. Antisemitism Resolution 2023
Agenda Summary
That the Somerville City Council condemns antisemitism.

Official Text
WHEREAS: May was American Jewish Heritage Month, commemorating the American Jewish experience of faith, fortitude, resilience and patriotism as well as the contributions Jewish Americans have made to our country and communities, including Somerville; and

WHEREAS: Antisemitism, often referred to as the world’s “oldest form of hate” has existed for centuries and continues to this day as a system of marginalization and oppression of people who are Jewish or perceived to be Jewish based on the belief in stereotypes, myths, conspiracy theories and disinformation about the Jewish people; and

WHEREAS: Although the people who are directly targeted by antisemitism are Jews, the purpose of antisemitism is to divert people’s attention away from systemic economic oppression that is directed at most people, as antisemitism serves to prevent different racial, religious, and other groups from standing up together against the interests of those in power; and

WHEREAS: White supremacists in the United States and in Massachusetts have exploited-and
continue to exploit-bigotry and hate for political gain, targeting marginalized communities, including Jews as well as Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other people of color, as well as Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence; and

WHEREAS: The number of antisemitic incidents in the United States and in Massachusetts in 2022 have reached historic highs and Jewish communities in Pittsburgh, Poway, Colleyville and Brighton have experienced violence, leaving many Jews increasingly unsafe in public and sacred spaces; and

WHEREAS: The Commonwealth has mandated Holocaust and Genocide education for Massachusetts students and research shows that robust and effective Holocaust education can be an effective intervention against antisemitic belief...

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