Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Congressional support for Jews against antisemitic attacks

Haaretz stories:

WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, more than 95 Senators have joined forces to call on the Trump administration to offer support and assistance to the U.S. Jewish community in light of recent anti-Semitic attacks and incidents across the country.

A bipartisan group of members of Congress prepared a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump urging him not to cancel or weaken a position within the State Department devoted to combating anti-Semitism. The letter has been circulating on Capitol Hill for more than a week and could be sent out as early as Tuesday.

The letter was initiated by members of the House of Representatives’ bipartisan task force against anti-Semitism following reports in the media that the Trump administration was considering not to appoint a State Department "Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism." Such a post has existed in the State Department since 2004, but according to the reports, could be effectively dropped under the new administration, which is looking at deep cuts in the State Department budget.

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