Deborah Lipstadt, 74, is one of the world’s best-known, most indefatigable fighters against antisemitism and Holocaust denial. In late July of this year, President Joe Biden nominated her to be the United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism. As of this writing, her nomination still has not been confirmed by the Senate, reportedly due to Republican opposition. Recently, a group of 21 Jewish organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee urging that Lipstadt be confirmed.
Quote: “Every day that we delay filling this critical position, we are endangering people’s lives,” [the Jewish organizations] wrote. “We cannot let antisemitism become a wedge issue in today’s polarized politics. To this end, we strongly urge you to prioritize filling this position, which is not only the right thing to do but also sends a powerful signal to governments around the world that the US takes combating antisemitism seriously and calls on them to do the same.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), The Jerusalem Post (introduction and quotation)
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