Kerry announces new anti-Semitism envoy

Secretary of State names Ira Forman as envoy to combat anti-Semitism after 2012 International Religious Freedom Report.

By JTA
May 20, 2013 22:26
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Ira Forman, who led President Obama’s reelection campaign in the Jewish community, was appointed as the State Department’s envoy to combat anti-Semitism. US Secretary of State  Kerry made the announcement as he released the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report.

The State Department announced the appointment on Monday — the same day it released its 2012 report on religious freedom that recorded a “continued global increase in anti-Semitism.”

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The Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 created the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

Kerry tapped Forman to replace Hannah Rosenthal, who left last year to direct the Milwaukee Jewish federation. Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, had appointed Rosenthal.

The envoy travels the world to press governments to address institutional and popular manifestations of anti-Semitism.

Forman, a longtime director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, led the Obama campaign’s effort last year to push back against Republican and conservative depictions of Obama as hostile or indifferent to Israel. He was especially active in Florida.


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