REP. CHRIS SMITH (R-Dist. 4) was among eight representatives honored by the ADL with the America’s Democratic Legacy Award for ensuring that the fight against anti-Semitism remains a bipartisan priority in Congress. The award was presented June 4 at the ADL’s National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
The eight representatives are co-chairs of the House of Representative’s Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism. In addition to Smith, the co-chairs include the following representatives: Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Kay Granger (R-Texas), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas), Randy Weber (R-Texas), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
America’s Democratic Legacy Award was established more than 50 years ago to recognize “individuals who have helped make our nation a place where freedom, equality and democracy are cherished rights forever,” according to the ADL.
“Combating anti-Semitism is a fundamental part of all basic human rights standards and international protocols,” said Smith. “Regrettably, I have to tell you, anti-Semitism is getting worse. The statistics clearly show a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the Middle East, in Europe, and all over the world. So we need to raise our voices, and pass legislation that will put wholly an end to it.”