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Anti-Semitism


“We must resolve that “never again” is more than an empty slogan. As individuals, we must guard against indifference in our hearts and recognize ourselves in our fellow human beings. As societies, we must stand against ignorance and anti-Semitism, including those who try to deny the Holocaust. As nations, we must do everything we can to prevent and end atrocities in our time.”

- President Barack Obama, Statement on Yom HaShoah, April 19, 2012

The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) is the State Department lead on anti-Semitism. SEAS meets with government officials, international organizations, NGOs, youth, and interfaith groups to build partnerships and encourage strong, vocal condemnation of anti-Semitism whenever it appears. We also work with other bureaus to incorporate anti-Semitism into Principals’ meetings.

SEAS has overseen grants to: support innovative Holocaust education in Hungary, Lithuania and Poland; monitor anti-Semitism in the media in the Middle East and South Asia; and examine hatred and intolerance toward all faiths in Middle Eastern textbooks, SEAS also hosts programming for the Department and conducts community outreach to raise awareness and commemorate important historical events. DRL’s annual Human Rights Reports and the International Religious Freedom Reports include information on anti-Semitism around the world.

In 2010, SEAS took eight leading American imams to the Nazi concentration camp Dachau and the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to combat Holocaust denial. After the trip, they issued a historic statement condemning not only Holocaust denial, but all forms of anti-Semitism. A similar trip, this time with foreign imams, is planned for May, 2013.

“More than six decades after World War II ended, six decades after the world’s collective horror at the Holocaust, anti-Semitism remains a dangerous menace. We need to continue to tell the world this is simply unacceptable. At the beginning of the 21st century, we need to come together to condemn anti-Semitism in every form…”
- Secretary of State John Kerry, Remarks to Anti-Defamation League’s Centennial Summit, April 30, 2013

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