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.