(Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2019)— B’nai B’rith International welcomes the appointment of Elan Carr as the new U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.
As envoy, Carr will focus the department's efforts to monitor anti-Semitic hate crimes and work with foreign governments on confronting anti-Semitic movements and individuals who carry out acts of hate against Jewish communities outside the United States.
B’nai B’rith has long emphasized the importance of having an anti-Semitism envoy and advocated for the long-vacant position to be filled. In January, B’nai B’rith CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin argued in an op-ed that the world looks to America for leadership in combating anti-Semitism, and appointing an envoy would broadcast a strong message to the world. In 2017, Mariaschin wrote another op-ed arguing against the elimination of the special envoy position altogether.
Mariaschin, along with B’nai B’rith President Charles O. Kaufman, said: “Elan Carr is an outstanding choice for the Special Envoy’s position. His legal and law enforcement background, and his longtime involvement in the Jewish community will serve him well in calling out anti-Semitism, especially in view of its dramatic proliferation globally.”
Carr, a special victim prosecutor in Los Angeles, was formerly the president of international Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) and has served on the National Council of AIPAC. He is a longtime friend of B’nai B’rith and of the Jewish community at large.
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 www.bnaibrith.org
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