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(Washington, D.C., July 30, 2021)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:  

We applaud the appointment of Emory University professor and historian Deborah Lipstadt to serve as the State Department’s next special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Lipstadt’s distinguished academic background and her active engagement in the fight against anti-Semitism makes her eminently qualified for the post. She has devoted her professional life to studying, teaching and writing about the world’s oldest hatred and to countering it on a global scale. 

B’nai B’rith looks forward to working with Lipstadt as anti-Semitism has spiked exponentially in the United States and around the world, manifesting itself in many forms and variants, oftentimes fueled by social media. 

It is vitally important that the U.S. government, through the person of the special envoy, continue to assume a leadership position in the battle against this alarmingly growing challenge. Lipstadt’s appointment is a most reassuring indication that this will indeed be effectuated. 

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit