Simon Wiesenthal Center Commends President Trump for Denouncing JCC Threats and Cemetery Attacks; Urges Bi-Partisan Support to Upgrade Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism to Ambassador Status

March 1, 2017

Senior officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO, commended President Trump for opening his speech to both Houses of Congress by denouncing the ongoing threats to JCCs and recent attacks on Jewish cemeteries.

“We are grateful that the President condemned anti-Semitism during this pivotal speech to the American people before both Houses of Congress. American Jewry now looks forward to robust action to combat history's oldest scourge at home and abroad,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Wiesenthal Center Dean and Founder and Associate Dean, in a statement released from Dubai during an SWC mission to Middle East nations.

“This effort should include a commitment to ensure full funding for the US State Department’s Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism, a position that should also be elevated to Ambassador status.

“Ever since its creation under then President George W. Bush, the Special Envoy on Antisemitism has made clear America’s unflinching commitment to fight history’s oldest hate abroad, as well as at home. Given the reality of the multiplicity of anti-Semitic threats, we urge US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to elevate the envoy to ambassador status,” Center officials concluded.

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