NEW YORK, NY - Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman released the following joint statement following the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act being signed into law.
"Hadassah applauds the bipartisan recognition of the importance of enhanced leadership in combating the global rise in antisemitism by elevating the position to address this issue. In passing the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, and by signing it into law, the United States has laid a marker in history and sent the unequivocal message that antisemitism will not be tolerated.
"Future ambassadors will surely benefit from today's action, which affords the Office of the Special Envoy the tools, resources and gravitas necessary to apply much needed pressure on foreign governments to address antisemitism as part of their relationships with the United States.
"Hadassah members played an active role in the very creation of the Special Envoy position in 2004 and have consistently advocated for elevating the officeholder's rank to ambassador in the intervening years.
"America's outstanding commitment to combating antisemitism is greatly enhanced today. To witness this legislation reach the President's desk for his signature is a momentous victory, and we look forward to working with both parties to advance policies that make additional progress in the effort to build a safer world."
To read Hadassah's policy statement on combating antisemitism, please click here.
ABOUT HADASSAH: Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women's organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates, and supporters, Hadassah brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism, and promoting women's health. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals in Jerusalem, Hadassah delivers exemplary patient care to over a million people every year and supports world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion, or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building "bridges to peace." Additionally, Hadassah supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit my.hadassah.org. ###