United States to Declare Prominent Humanitarian Groups “Anti-Semitic” Drawing Criticism from the ADL; New Report Says Jewish Population in Europe Lowest in 1,000 Years

Both Fox News and the news site Politico are reporting that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is trying to get the State Department to declare several international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam, declared anti-Semitic in order to urge an end to U.S. support for the groups. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Original report on Politico. The Anti-Defamation League has been quick to respond, slamming the move, saying, “We strongly believe that these organizations are crucial to ensuring robust civil society and democratic protections worldwide.” The ADL said that labelling the groups anti-Semitic “is neither accurate nor helpful to the fight against anti-Semitism.” The ADL also said the move politicizes efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Meanwhile, a new report issued by the London-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research says the population of Jews in Europe is as low now as it was 1,000 years ago and is declining. The organization reports that only 1.3 million people in the U.K., continental Europe, Turkey and Russia describe themselves as Jewish, down 60% from the 3.2 million who identified as Jewish in 1970. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…