The 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.
The 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.
The 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»
Special Envoy Forman Hosts ‘Lost Music of the Holocaust’ Multi-Media Event at the Department of State
On June 18, 125 people, including Holocaust survivor Annette Lantos (widow of Congressman Tom Lantos), diplomats, NGO representatives, and Department colleagues attended a multi-media event hosted by the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Media coverage was extensive. We learned more about the artists who continued to create, even while incarcerated in Nazi death camps, and discussed what we can do now to prevent similar atrocities in the 21st century. Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl and head of The Daniel Pearl Foundation, sent an audio/visual message of support. The program concluded with the U.S. premiere of a set of piano variations composed in the Dachau concentration camp by Polish POW Leon Kaczmarek. The pianist was 17-year-old Nicholas Biniaz-Harris, winner of the National Symphony Orchestra's 2013 Young Soloists' Competition and the grandson and great-grandson of Schindler's List Holocaust survivors. Remarks» DipNote» Photo Gallery»
Secretary Kerry (Apr. 30): "In too many places, our world is still torn by strife rooted in ignorance or prejudice. Differences of religion or race, of creed or culture, of homeland or sexual orientation are somehow seen as threats by too many people. In truth, they ought to be celebrated for enriching our societies." Full Text»