On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League announced a policy to fight antisemitism with a plan, called “COMBAT,” which seeks to help federal, state, and local governments fight domestic and global antisemitism.
Crafted in a six-part format, the plan “calls on leaders at every level of government to condemn antisemitism, authorize and improve hate crimes laws, stop the spread of antisemitism online and protect Jewish institutions often targeted by antisemitic acts”, said the ADL in a statement.
According to the organization, the first step is to “Condemn antisemitism,” and call on public officials ”to speak out against antisemitism and all forms of hate and extremism. Regardless of its origins — from the far left to the far right and anywhere in between.” It is also calling to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. The organization noted that 2021 was the highest year on record for antisemitic incidents.
Through the second step: “Oppose hate,” the ADL is calling for the adoption of “wide-ranging measures to combat all forms of domestic antisemitic extremism, most notably the array of policy recommendations outlined in ADL’s PROTECT plan.”
Additional demands include calls to protect the physical security of Jewish community institutions, and to block antisemitism online by adopting the “whole-of-government measures to combat all forms of online antisemitism, as delineated in ADL’s REPAIR plan.”