NEW YORK, NY – Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), National President Rhoda Smolow released the following statement today following the US Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt to serve as the US State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism with the rank of Ambassador.
“Hadassah congratulates Ambassador Lipstadt on her confirmation by the Senate to serve the American people in our national effort to combat globally rising antisemitism. As an explicitly Zionist organization and stakeholder in the land of Israel, Hadassah knows firsthand the role that antisemitism plays in the safety and security of Israel and the Jewish people. The task before us is immense, but Ambassador Lipstadt is the right person to help us build a more peaceful and tolerant world.
“Hadassah has a long track record of supporting the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Our members were instrumental in establishing the office in 2004, and they vocally advocated in the last Congress to elevate the Special Envoy to the rank of Ambassador and to expand the budget for the office.
“Combating antisemitism is not a partisan issue but a human rights and national security imperative. We appreciate the bipartisan commitment of the US Senate to confirm Ambassador Lipstadt and we thank President Biden and Secretary Blinken for their commitment to prioritizing this important issue. Hadassah looks forward to working with Ambassador Lipstadt and supporting her work however possible.”