Anti-Semitism isn’t to high on my agenda right now,
I’ll get around to it at some point during my tenure as POTUS
He’s not doing himself or his party any favors by keeping this envoy slot empty. He found time though to launch a big plea in Cairo Egypt, to Muslim leaders for peace and understanding, as well as snuggling up (spooning?) to the OIC and the Arab League, though their member states are the biggest promoters and funders of anti-Semitism in the world today. Looks like combating Jew hatred doesn’t rank too high on O’Pharaoh’s to do list.
The Obama administration has failed to name an envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism around the world as mandated by US law since the previous ambassador was relieved of his duties at the start of the president’s term more than six months ago, officials said Thursday.
The failure to name a new envoy for the post raises questions about the importance the new administration attaches to the fight against anti-Semitism, said Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington DC-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.
“Foot-dragging on the selection sends a message that anti-Semitism is not of great importance to the United States,” Medoff wrote in a monograph to be published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs titled “The Politics of the American Response to Global Anti-Semitism.”
According to Medoff, “At a time when anti-Semitism remains a staple of government propaganda in the Middle East, when violent anti-Semitic incidents are reported almost daily throughout Europe, and when even the streets of Washington are not untouched by anti-Semitism’s violent potential, that is the wrong message to send.”
The State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, which was established by a Congressional initiative in 2004, advocates American policy on anti-Semitism both in the US and internationally.
The proposal to establish such an office was initially opposed by the Bush administration, which took 18 months to appoint an envoy to head the office, Medoff said.