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File #: 230035    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/11/2023 In control: Council
On agenda: 1/19/2023 Final action: 1/19/2023
Title: Sponsor: Mayor Quinton Lucas and Councilmember Andrea Bough RESOLUTION - Recognizing the growing problem of antisemitism in America and adopting a Working Definition of Antisemitism as an important educational tool to address it.
Sponsors: Quinton Lucas, Andrea Bough, Heather Hall, Katheryn Shields, Kevin McManus, Lee Barnes Jr., Ryana Parks-Shaw, Teresa Loar, Dan Fowler
Attachments: 1. Docket Memo 230035, 2. Authenticated Resolution 230035
Related files: 150398
RESOLUTION NO. 230035

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Sponsor: Mayor Quinton Lucas and Councilmember Andrea Bough

RESOLUTION - Recognizing the growing problem of antisemitism in America and adopting a Working Definition of Antisemitism as an important educational tool to address it.

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WHEREAS antisemitism, including harassment on the basis of actual or perceived Jewish origin, ancestry, ethnicity, identify, affiliation, or faith, remains a persistent, pervasive, and disturbing problem in American society; and

WHEREAS antisemitism may be expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes to encourage hatred against Jews; and

WHEREAS antisemitism includes calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion; and

WHEREAS antisemitism includes denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g., gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust); and

WHEREAS Jews continue to be a targeted minority in the United States and are consistently the most likely of all religious groups to be victimized by incidents of hate, and such incidents are increasing at an alarming rate; and

WHEREAS the deadliest attack against the American Jewish community took place on October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing eleven worshippers and injuring several more; and

WHEREAS there are approximately 30,000 members of the Greater Kansas City Jewish Community; and

WHEREAS the Anti-Defamation League's Tracker of Antisemitic Incidents has reported seven antisemitic incidents in Missouri since the beginning of 2020 and three of those incidents occurred in the Greater Kansas City area; and

WHEREAS local officials and institutions have a responsibility to protect ci...

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