US STATE DEPARTMENT ACKNOWLEDGES RESPONSIBILITY TO APPOINT ANTISEMITISM ENVOY

On March 15, 2017, The Jerusalem Post states how it is the U.S sectary of state job to appoint an envoy  to help fight antisemtism globally. Yet the State says that the White House officials have no intention to fill the post, despite pressure from Democrats, Republicans and Jewish community leaders to do so.Swastika and "Seig Heil 2016" graffiti  “The Global Antisemitism Review Act of 2004 states that the envoy must monitor and combat antisemitism,” the official said. “The Act also states that the envoy must monitor and combat antisemitism monitors and combats acts of antisemitism and antisemitic incitement that occur in foreign countries. The envoy must also provide input on antisemitism issues for the annual country reports on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom.” This legislation for the envoy was drafted by Republican Rep. Christopher Smith, who wants the Trump administration to fill the gap soon. On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 167 members of Congress from both parties urged President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to fill the position, while showing evidence from multiple cases abroad. What i don’t get is we are almost three full months in and no one has been appointed. Trump does all this talk about how he wants to stop the problem, yet hasn’t taken any action on the problem itself. When we have such a large amount of people from both parties that urge Trump to fill this position, i am unsure of why it hasn’t gotten filled yet. I am wondering if congress will do more to try and get Trump to fill this position.

 

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/State-Department-acknowledges-responsibility-to-appoint-envoy-on-antisemitism-484282

Wilner, Michael. “US State Department Acknowledges Responsibility to Appoint Antisemitism Envoy.” The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. N.p., 15 Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017

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