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»
10th Anniversary of OSCE Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power led a Presidential Delegation to Berlin on November 13, 2014 for a commemorative event marking the tenth anniversary of the 2004 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Conference on Anti-Semitism. The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism was a member of the Presidential delegation, which also included our Ambassador to the OSCE, Daniel Baer, and our Ambassador to Germany, John Emerson, among others. Special Envoy Forman organized roundtables for the Presidential Delegation with the U.S. civil society delegation and with European Jewish community leaders to hear their views and concerns about anti-Semitism in the OSCE region. Ambassador Power's Remarks» U.S. Embassy Berlin»
Travel to The Netherlands, Belgium and France
Special Envoy Forman visited The Netherlands, Belgium and France from September 6-17, 2014 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
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 Hungary
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 HDIM
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»