Sunday, May 16, 2021

(JNS) A bipartisan group of senators, who make up the Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Combating Anti-Semitism, this week urged U.S. President Joe Biden to quickly nominate a candidate to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and confront rising anti-Semitism worldwide.

“Tragically, 76 years after the end of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism remains a serious and growing danger for Jews in Europe, the Middle East, the United States and elsewhere in the world,” the letter stated. “According to a study by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, violent anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 18 percent in 2019, including at least 53 synagogues and 28 community centers and schools that were targeted.”

It remains unclear what President Biden’s timeline is for filling the position. The position under Trump was left vacant for the first two years of his administration and eventually filled by Elan Carr in February 2019.