ADL Welcomes Appointment of New State Department Envoy on Anti-Semitism

New York, NY, May 20, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed Secretary of State John Kerry’s appointment of Ira Forman to serve as the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement: 

The appointment of Mr. Forman by the White House demonstrates that America’s resolve to fight anti-Semitism is serious and ongoing. The Special Envoy has been an important factor in helping to institutionalize that fight as an American foreign policy priority.

Secretary Kerry has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry. We have no doubt that with the Secretary’s support Mr. Forman will play an important role in ensuring that the significant political will and diplomatic resources of the U.S. are brought to bear to urge foreign governments to take action.

Since the creation of the Special Envoy position, State Department reporting on anti-Semitic incidents and trends around the world has continued to grow and it has elevated awareness and engagement by America’s diplomats around the world. We are grateful to Ambassador Michael Kozak, who has served the cause honorably as the Interim Special Envoy, and we look forward to working with Mr. Forman as he crafts his ideas for how to ensure that the positive trajectory will continue.  

The position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, sponsored by the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) in order to enhance State Department monitoring of and action against anti-Semitism.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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