In an official announcement on Monday, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid appointed Israel’s first Special Envoy for Combating Anti-Semitism and the Delegitimization of Israel, naming Israeli American artist and author Noa Tishby to the position.

Lapid said, “the creation of this post and the appointment of Tishby is another step that will strengthen Israel and our fight against anti-Semitism internationally at a moment when Jews around the world once again face an alarming and dramatic resurgence in anti-Semitism.”

The new position will involve Tishby to raise awareness of delegitimization efforts against Israel, advocating against hate towards Jews, and spearheading initiatives worldwide, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Tishby is the founder of Act for Israel, an online advocacy organization. In 2021, she wrote, “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth.” The ministry described her as “a leading voice in the United States and abroad” in fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel delegitimization efforts. She has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post.

Tishby was born in Tel Aviv and served in the Israeli Defense Forces. She received a drama scholarship from the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts and appeared in popular Israeli TV, film, and stage productions before establishing her film and television career in the United States as a producer, actor, and writer. 

 

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