Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt Courtesy of the ADL

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauded seven key amendments to the US Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act that they said will assist in the fight against antisemitism and extremism.

The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on July 14 containing the amendments, which will also serve to assist in lessening the threat of domestic extremism, including in local communities and in the military.

“We are grateful to Representatives Schneider, Manning, Gottheimer, Aguilar, Rice, Jackson Lee and Sanchez for their leadership in ensuring that the 2023 NDAA helps combat domestic extremism within the military and within all of our communities, fight antisemitism and other forms of bigotry and hatred, and build a more just and inclusive society,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

“Right wing extremist violence is among the gravest threats facing this country. From Charleston to Charlottesville to Pittsburgh, to Poway and El Paso, and most recently in Buffalo, we have seen the deadly consequences of white supremacist extremism play out all over this country. I am glad to see that our government’s approach to mitigating this threat has begun to include America’s military, which we know is not immune to the threat of extremism.”

According to ADL, their research has shown that extremist groups like the Oath Keepers target military members and veterans for recruitment.

“We saw this trend take tangible effect during the January 6th insurrection on the United States Capitol, where 81 of the defendants charged with January 6th-related offenses have had some form of military service, five of whom were active-duty service members while undertaking the attempted coup,” ADL said in a statement.

“This past December, the Department of Defense released a review of activities to address extremism in the ranks. It was a helpful start, but much more must be done. We hope the Senate will similarly include these crucial amendments and join the House in the fight against the rising tide of domestic terrorism and hate that is impacting all of our communities, including our military service members,” they added.