New York, NY, November 23, 2009 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appointment of Hannah Rosenthal to serve as the State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
This appointment signals the continued seriousness of America's resolve to fight the anti-Semitism that we have seen gaining legitimacy in too many countries and to institutionalize that fight as an American foreign policy priority.
We look forward to working with Hannah Rosenthal to mobilize the significant political will and resources of the United States to broaden understanding abroad about the new forms of anti-Semitism permeating public discourse. Working with Secretary Clinton, and Assistant Secretary Michael Posner, we have no doubt that the Special Envoy will play an important role in encouraging countries to make the hard choices and to implement policy, legislative, judicial and educational measures to counter anti-Semitism.
The Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and the position of Special Envoy were established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, sponsored by the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) to enhance State Department monitoring of and action against anti-Semitism.