US Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, last Thursday led a bipartisan letter urging President Biden to swiftly nominate an Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
The position is responsible for developing policies and programs that seek to combat anti-Semitism across the globe. Last year, Congress elevated the title from a “Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism” to “Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.”
“Anti-Semitism is a scourge that must be rooted out wherever and whenever it arises,” said Meng. “It has reared its ugly head at home and abroad. From cities in Europe to the halls of Congress, Jewish communities have been terrorized by despicable acts of anti-Semitism and hate. Combating anti-Semitism abroad requires American leadership. President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are incredibly strong allies in the fight against anti-Semitism. Swiftly nominating a qualified individual to lead this effort will provide a strong partner for this work, reaffirm our nation’s commitment to combating anti-Semitism, and rebuild our role as a champion of religious freedom.”
Meng was joined by 52 other Members of Congress.
The position of Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism operates under the auspices of the State Department.