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Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism


Date: 07/01/2013 Description: Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism  - State Dept ImageThe Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, advances U.S. Foreign Policy on anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is discrimination against or hatred toward Jews. The Special Envoy develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism.

Date: 07/14/2012 Description: An example of Anti-Semitism in a cemetery in Poland. - State Dept ImageThe Special Envoy was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, and is a part of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). DRL produces the State Department's annual reports on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom, and the Special Envoy provides input on anti-Semitism for these reports.

Date: 12/05/2011 Description: Swastikas scrawled on tombstones is an example of anti-Semitism.  © Albanian Jewish Solidarity AssociationThe Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism welcomes information on anti-Semitic incidents, including personal and property attacks; government policies, including judicial/prosecutorial decisions and educational programs on the issue; and press and mass media reports. The office can be contacted at: SEASinfo@state.gov.

A fact sheet defining anti-Semitism is available here»


Date: 09/10/2014 Description: SEAS meeting with journalists at The Hague. - State Dept Image

Travel to The Netherlands, Belgium and France

Special Envoy Forman visited The Netherlands, Belgium and France from September 6-17 to participate in a Sant’Egidio Conference and meet with government officials, Jewish leaders and others to assess the level of anti-Semitism in these countries and the adequacy of government responses to threats to Jewish communities. Jewish leaders told him that increasing numbers of Jews were considering leaving their homes because of concerns for their safety. The Sant’Egidio Conference was aimed at promoting mutual understanding and dialogue among religions through peace. SEAS Forman was on a panel titled “Conflicts in the media.”


"There Was Once" Screening Date: 01/30/2014 Description: Ira Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and Gabor Kalman, filmmaker, address the audience after screening 'There Was Once' documentary. - State Dept Image

To mark the UN's International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Special Envoy Forman and DRL hosted a screening of "There Was Once" on January 30, 2014. The documentary filmmaker, Hungarian-American Holocaust survivor Gabor Kalman, was present at the event, and answered questions from the audience after the viewing. "There Was Once" tells the story of a teacher who researches her town's history and discovers the Jewish community that thrived there before the Holocaust. She engages her students in the research and teaches valuable lessons of tolerance. The teacher was also present, live from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, to participate in the Q&A following the film. Remarks: Acting PDAS Kozak» Special Envoy Forman»


Tom Lantos Institute Conference in HungaryDate: 10/02/2013 Description: Special Envoy Ira Forman addressing the Tom Lantos Conference in Budapest, Hungary. © Photo courtesy of the Lantos Institute.

Special Envoy Forman visited Budapest, Hungary, from October 1-4, 2013. He delivered one of the keynote speeches at the Budapest-based Tom Lantos Institute's conference on Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe. During his time in Budapest, he met with Hungarian officials, members of the Jewish community, religious leaders, and NGO representatives. Remarks»


Tolerance and Non-discrimination OSCE HDIMDate: 09/24/2013 Description: Special Envoy Ira Forman addressing the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Warsaw, Poland. - State Dept Image

Special Envoy Forman delivered the U.S. intervention on tolerance and non-discrimination at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw on September 24, 2013. He participated in bilateral meetings and meeting with NGOs tracking anti-Semitism in the OSCE region. While in Poland, Special Envoy Forman also met with Polish government officials, leaders of the Warsaw Jewish community, and NGO representatives. Remarks»


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