In connection with the budget cuts, the U.S. state Department eliminates a bid special representative on combating anti-Semitism and subordinate to his Department. The position was created in 2004 by the decree of President George W. Bush.
Conducted anti-defamation League round table, Hannah Rosenthal, and Ira Forman, who served as the Obama administration, urged Secretary Rex Tillerson to reconsider this decision.
According to them, the abolition of the post of special Commissioner will undermine US efforts to confront anti – Semitism- at a time when hatred of Jews is becoming more common.
«The Secretary claims that anti-Semitism will continue to be monitored. But who will do it? In addition, the track a little anti-Semitism is necessary to wage an irreconcilable struggle,» says Rosenthal.
Forman said that we are talking about a huge step back – because the US has become an example for other States that have established similar departments. He recalled that the administration fought for the right of Jews to circumcision and kosher slaughter.
According to him, special attention should be paid to Eastern Europe, where honoring of Nazi collaborators, as well as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, of which both sides accuse each other of anti-Semitism and desecration of Jewish monuments.