Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Youngkin announces plan to combat anti-Semitism

The Virginia governor's race will be held in November of this year.
Glenn Youngkin in 2017

Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin announced that as governor he would create a Virginia Holocaust, Genocide and Anti-Semitism Advisory Commission and call upon the state legislature to approve legislation to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's working definition of anti-Semitism.

"Virginia must take clear and concrete action to stop all forms of anti-Semitism, and when I'm governor, we will," Youngkin said. "I will push the General Assembly to pass a law adopting the internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism, and I will form a commission to examine and address anti-Semitic incidents in Virginia. Our Jewish friends and neighbors must know that we stand with them against the tide of hate and discrimination. Virginia must lead the nation in living up to our most cherished ideals and being a welcoming, safe community where everyone enjoys dignity and respect regardless of their identity, color or creed."

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary earlier this month and will face-off against Youngkin and several other candidates during the November 2021 election contest.