ADL: Critical That State Department Fills Vacant Position to Monitor Anti-Semitism

New York, NY, June 14, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is concerned about remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week addressed the question of filling the vacant State Department position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and indicated that the administration has not yet made a decision whether that position will be filled.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

In order to continue fighting the rise in global anti-Semitism, it is critical that our government allocate the appropriate resources and that begins with the key appointment to fill the Special Envoy role at the State Department. We know first-hand from working intimately with every prior envoy who had served in this very important role the tremendously positive and impactful outcomes that have been accomplished through diplomacy by these envoys.

We are concerned by Secretary Tillerson’s remark and urge him and the President to reconsider and make clear that the State Department will not wane in its efforts to stem anti-Jewish hatred overseas.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.