“From the River to the Sea” Is Now Anti-Semetic In New Congress Resolution

Monsey/Rockland Congressman Mike Lawler (R-NY) with Agudah representatives. Photo Credit: Agudath Israel/Kuvien.

One Anti-Semitic chant that was heard across the globe by pro-Hamas protesters over the past six months, is “From the River to the Sea”. Well, sorry to the terror sympathizers, but the House of Representatives just deemed this hurtful chant Anti-Semitic.

By FrumNews.com

Washington, DC — One Anti-Semitic chant that was heard across the globe by pro-Hamas protesters over the past six months, is “From the River to the Sea” will be outlawed.

Well, sorry to the terror sympathizers and violent agitators, but the House of Representatives just deemed this hurtful chant Anti-Semitic.

The recently passed resolution was sponsored by Congress Members Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY, proudly representing the Five Towns Frum Kehilla), and 20 cosponsors, including Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY – proudly representing Monsey/Rockland), Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL proudly representing south Florida Frum Kehilla), and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ). The resolution states that “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the slogan, ‘from the river to the sea Etc’ is antisemitic and its use must be condemned”

The resolution passed overwhelmingly with 377 to 44. Members of the far-left “Squad” and many Democrat progressives in Congress voted against the resolution. One Republican, Rep. Thomas Massie, (R-KY) voted against this bill

After the passing of the resolution, Rep. Gottheimer said, “I’m proud to have led and passed this bipartisan legislation with my fellow colleagues, Representatives D’Esposito and Moskowitz. Our resolution makes it clear that this slogan is antisemitic and calls for the total eradication of the Jewish, democratic state of Israel and the annihilation of the Jewish people. As Members of Congress, we have a right — and a responsibility — to condemn disgusting, divisive, and dehumanizing chants. I will never stop fighting against prejudice and hate — in any form.”

In November, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito said of the bill, “The widespread use of the chant calling for liberation ‘from the river to the sea’ is extremely troubling considering that it is a blatant call for the destruction of America’s greatest ally, Israel, as well as the Jewish people who reside there. The fact that this antisemitic rallying cry is being freely proclaimed on the campuses of America’s colleges and universities demonstrates the troubling prevalence of antisemitic thought in our nation’s institutions of higher learning.”

As the American Jewish Congress notes, the phrase “From the River to the Sea Etc” is a rallying cry for terrorist groups and their terrorist sympathizers, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to Hamas and Hezbollah, which called for Israel’s destruction in its original governing charter in 1988 and was responsible for the Simchas Torah attacks on Israeli civilians, brutally murdering over 1,200 people. It is also a common call-to-arms for pro-Hamas activists, especially among student activists on college campuses. The phrase calls for the establishment from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, erasing the State of Israel and its people.

Recently, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito also introduced the Define to Defeat Act. If passed, this act would apply the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism to the enforcement of civil rights laws. In doing so, the legislation would provide federal officials with an objective, contemporary definition of antisemitism, better helping them to assess and prosecute criminal and discriminatory incidents motivated by antisemitism.

“Following the Simchas Torah attacks in Eretz Yisroel, Yidden around the world, including in America, New York and New Jersey, endured and continue to endure record-breaking levels of antisemitic attacks and hate,” Rep. D’Esposito said of the Define to Defeat Act. “My legislation would provide federal officials the tools they need to fully assess, investigate, and prosecute this criminal behavior.”

In November 2023, a Frum lawyer with a Gemarah Kop filed for a trademark for the term, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” on hats and shirts. The trademark has not been reviewed or granted yet by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. If this trademark is granted, he can then take legal action against companies producing such products.

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