Fill the anti-Semitism envoy position - Editorial

Fill the anti-Semitism envoy position

Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 7:32 am

If we were living in a vacuum, the Jewish community wouldn’t be “entitled” to a State Department office with an envoy assigned to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. But there are at least three reasons why the office — which the Trump administration has left unstaffed since July 1 — should be filled.

First, the envoy position was created by Congress in 2004 and delegated responsibility to monitor and document anti-Semitism around the world, as well as to work with foreign governments to fight it. Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama both saw the position of envoy as important enough to fill it. But the position has been vacant since envoy Ira Forman left with the outgoing Obama administration. This week, the remaining two staffers in the office left for new assignments.

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