“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” –Elie Wiesel
We wish to congratulate and welcome Mr. Elan S. Carr, the newly appointed U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and offer this pledge:
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In order to build a more just, free, and civilized world, we commit to do our part to assist the Special Envoy to combat anti-Semitism, one of mankind’s oldest, most pernicious, and most destructive forms of bigotry and hate.
Throughout history, Jews have been discriminated against for their religious beliefs, national aspirations, and sometimes simply for being Jews. Societies flourish when Jewish people are embraced as equals, not when they are singled out, mistreated, and made into scapegoats. History has taught us this lesson too many times.
Tragically, as United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has observed, anti-Semitism “is on the rise in all parts of the world.”
Today, anti-Semitism comes not only from Holocaust deniers and bigots, but from organized political groups and individuals who attempt to demonize, delegitimize, and apply a double standard to Israel, the most vibrant democracy in the Middle East. A new anti-Semitism fuels those who call for boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of the Jewish State.
We have witnessed and fought discrimination against Jews in certain autocratic societies for centuries, but today our attention and efforts must be focused on any and all governments that openly express anti-Semitic views.