The Senate antisemitism task force asked President Joe Biden to appoint a State Department monitor to fight antisemitism.
“Tragically, 76 years after the end of the Holocaust, antisemitism remains a serious and growing danger for Jews in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere in the world,” said the letter sent Monday and spearheaded by Sens. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and Jim Lankford, R-Okla, the task force chairs, and signed by another 20 senators on the panel.
“To combat the rising tide of global antisemitism, the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism works to promote accurate Holocaust education, improve the safety and security of at-risk Jewish communities, ensure foreign public officials condemn anti-Semitic discourse, and strengthen foreign judicial systems in their prosecution of anti-Semitic incidents.”
According to the letter, a law passed shortly before President Donald Trump left office elevates the title to ambassador status, giving it more recognition and clout within the State Department. The latest title therefore implies that any candidate must be confirmed by the Senate.
The task force puts together lawmakers who may otherwise share nothing with common in an increasingly divided Senate. Tom Cotton, the conservative Republican from Arkansas, and Raphael Warnock, the freshman democrat from Georgia, are among the signatories.
The organised Jewish world has been buzzing with speculation about who would get the position, with a variety of people listed as front-runners. While the Biden administration has not offered any serious hint of a leading contender, some candidates for the job have made their interest public.
Trump held the seat vacant for two years before naming Elan Carr in early 2019 in response to numerous requests from Jewish organisations and members of Congress.