Shutdown keeps US anti-Semitism envoy from Ukraine conference

By JTA
October 16, 2013 07:42

KIEV, Ukraine — Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, canceled his attendance at a landmark conference in Kiev because of the US government shutdown, according to a conference organizer.

Forman, who was scheduled to be the opening speaker Tuesday at the two-day conference marking the 100th anniversary of the Beilis blood libel trial, canceled shortly before its opening with an apology to organizers of the high-profile event, JTA has learned.

“Mr. Forman has cited the shutdown,” said Eduard Dolinsky, executive director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, in reference to the standoff that began when Congress missed an October 1 deadline to pass a budget.


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