Fitzpatrick’s resolution encourages digital literacy around antisemitism

A bipartisan resolution cosponsored on Jan. 25 by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) encourages all schools in the United States to teach digital literacy and history related to the Holocaust, World War II, and antisemitism in an effort to strengthen students’ ability to identify fake and harmful information online.  

“The Holocaust is a horrific moral stain in history, and we must do everything we can to ensure that such a genocide never happens again,” Rep. Fitzpatrick said. “This starts with properly educating our youth about these atrocities, and I am proud to join this bipartisan resolution to encourage Holocaust education and digital literacy.”

House Resolution (H.Res.) 978, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), also would urge all educational institutions to prioritize and integrate a comprehensive history of the Holocaust, with a specific emphasis on how antisemitism existed before, during, and after the Holocaust, until today, according to a bill summary provided by Rep. Fitzpatrick’s staff.

Additionally, H.Res. 978 would support allocating federal funding for educational institutions to carry out this education and digital literacy, the summary says.

“I am alarmed by the recent rise in antisemitism and am committed to combating this hate,” said Rep. Khanna. “Ensuring that American students are receiving comprehensive education on the history of the Holocaust and digital literacy is an important step in our fight against antisemitism. I am proud to be introducing this bipartisan resolution with Congressman Fitzpatrick to encourage schools to emphasize this important education.”

The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, J Street, StopAntisemitism, and B’nai B’rith International support the resolution, which has been referred for consideration to the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee.