Press Release

ADL Welcomes Deborah Lipstadt as Antisemitism Envoy

New York, NY, May 10, 2022 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today welcomed Dr. Deborah Lipstadt’s swearing in as the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism. 

“We’re thrilled to finally be able to congratulate Ambassador Lipstadt on her new position,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “As recent research from ADL and many of our partners globally demonstrates, antisemitic incidents are on the rise. It’s critical that we now have someone as qualified and respected as her to champion this cause and support Jewish communities around the world. We look forward to working with her.”

ADL has extensively advocated for Congress and the Biden Administration to fill this role. More than 5,000 ADL lay leaders have sent more than 11,000 messages to their Senators and met with 35 Senate offices in support of Dr. Lipstadt’s rapid confirmation.

“Now that the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism has its leader in place, the Senate must also ensure it is fully staffed to execute its vital work worldwide,” Greenblatt continued.

ADL’s recent research found antisemitic incidents reached an all-time high in the United States in 2021, with a total of 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism reported. This represents the highest number of incidents on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979 – an average of more than seven incidents per day and a 34 percent increase year over year.