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Following up on a proposal made by B’nai B’rith International on Feb. 27 calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to appoint a special coordinator on domestic anti-Semitism, B’nai B’rith, in conjunction with NCSEJ, has taken the plan directly to the attorney general.
In the letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin and NCSEJ Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Mark B. Levin, write:
“A frightening wave of anti-Semitism has been unleashed, and seems at the moment, unchecked. This official would focus the Department’s efforts to monitor anti-Semitic hate crimes and pursue those responsible. He or she would also cooperate with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security in their efforts to keep Jewish communities safe from threats.”
The letter also notes: “The normalization of anti-Semitism, like any hate crime or speech, is a direct threat to our democracy and the preeminent ideals of tolerance and diversity on which this nation was founded. In the wake of the rising number of domestic anti-Semitic incidents, it is vital that DOJ exert much-needed leadership to shine a spotlight on these crimes and send an important message that combating anti-Semitism is a priority for the United States government.”
Click here to read the letter to Attorney General Sessions.
B’nai B’rith and NCSEJ also published a joint op-ed for outlining the importance of the long-standing U.S. anti-Semitism envoy.
Click here to read the Op-Ed