Congressman Anthony D’Esposito (NY-04) introduced a resolution condemning the pro-Palestinian “from the river to the sea” slogan as anti-Semitic. The widely used chant has been a regular feature at anti-Israel rallies taking place across the United States in the wake of the deadly attack carried out inside Israel by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023. The “from the river to the sea” slogan calls for the “liberation” of land claimed by Palestinians located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, which is territory currently comprising the modern state of Israel. D’Esposito’s congressional resolution formally condemns the slogan, particularly its use on college campuses and at anti-Israel rallies across the United States.
“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,” said D’Esposito. “The fact that this anti-Semitic rallying cry is being freely proclaimed on the campuses of America’s colleges and universities demonstrates the troubling prevalence of anti-Semitic thought in our nation’s institutions of higher learning.”
The October 7 attack by Hamas inside Israel claimed the lives of over 1,200 people, including scores of children and elderly Israelis along with foreign nationals from several countries. In the wake of the attack, pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been organized in cities around the United States, where the “from the river to the sea” chant was prominently featured. Indeed, the surprise attack by Hamas has unleashed a wave of anti-Semitism unseen in modern times since the Holocaust.
“Anti-Semites utilizing the ‘from the river to the sea’ chant are not concerned with building a lasting peace in the Middle East, but are instead preoccupied with seeing the eradication of Israel and the Jewish people,” said D’Esposito. “My resolution presents Congress with an opportunity to formally condemn those who advance anti-Semitism by using this chant. Anyone who calls for the eradication of Israel and the Jewish people must be resoundingly rejected.”