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.
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.