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Portman, Heinrich Applaud Appointment of Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) applauded the appointment of a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position at the U.S. Department of State. The senators sent President Trump a letter in May 2018 emphasizing the importance of filling the position to ensure the United States continues to lead global efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

“I applaud the Trump Administration for filling this critical position at the State Department,” said Portman.  “With anti-Semitic incidents increasing at an alarming rate both in the U.S. and around the world, this position is needed now more than ever to help stem the tide of hate. No one should have to live in fear of bias and hate. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom, and we must stand up for this right for people around the world who are persecuted for their beliefs. With this important position now filled, the United States will be better able to lead global efforts to combat anti-Semitism.”

“I welcome the appointment of Mr. Elan Carr to serve as the next U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism,” said Heinrich. “This position, which has been vacant for nearly two years, plays a critical role in our fight against the global rise of anti-Semitic incidents. Now more than ever, it is imperative that the United States uphold its commitment to freedom and human rights and lead with action to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad.” 

Full text of the May 2018 letter is available here.