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Congress Passes Bill to Raise Status of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism

San Diego Jewish World

Donald Harrison

December 31, 2020





Jewish organizations hailed congressional passage of a bill that would elevate the status of the U.S. Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism to the rank of ambassador. The position currently is held by Elan Carr.


“Today’s vote puts America one step closer to sending an unambiguous message to the world that the United States does not and will not tolerate antisemitism, ” Hadassah’s President Rhoda Smolow and CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman said in a joint statement. “Passing this bill is a fitting conclusion to an historic 116th Congress, which also took unprecedented action to strengthen Holocaust education in the United States by passing the Never Again Education Act. These two bills were major priorities for Hadassah’s nearly 300,000 members nationwide. We attribute the robust bipartisan support for these priorities to their relentless advocacy.


Carly Gammill, Director of the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism, said: “We salute the U.S. Congress for making the fight against antisemitism a matter of priority as we enter 2021. By taking this very important step, Congress is recognizing that action must be taken to combat the rise of antisemitism and the devastation that this hatred can unleash. Making the position of Special Envoy to Monitor Antisemitism an ambassadorship shows the world that this nation is committed to standing against this form of bigotry.”


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