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Biden’s pick for the head of the U.S. State Department’s office that monitors and combats anti-Semitism- Deborah Lipstadt- finally appeared before the Senate on Tuesday for her confirmation.

Making her appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after months of delay, Lipstadt made the case that anti-Semitism is on the rise. “Increasingly, Jews have been singled out for slander, violence and terrorism,” she said. “Today’s rise in anti-Semitism is staggering.” Lipstadt further went on to dismiss partisanship, saying she has called out anti-Semitism on both sides of the aisle.

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Soon after the hearing, ​​B’nai B’rith International urged the Senate to swiftly confirm Lipstadt. “Lipstadt is eminently qualified for this critical role, having actively engaged in the fight against anti-Semitism through her long, distinguished career as a historian and a professor,” said B’nai B’rith International President Seth J. Riklin and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin. “The delay of Lipstadt’s confirmation has left a vacuum, with no one serving in this vitally important role of anti-Semitism special envoy. In the face of a surge of anti-Semitism globally, the United States must continue to assume a leadership position in the fight against this hatred through the person of the special envoy.”

If confirmed, Lipstadt’s role would be to focus on reporting on global anti-Semitism and pressing governments to adopt measures to mitigate it. 

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