U.S. anti-Semitism envoy to meet European Jewish leaders


Ira Forman will visit the U.K.and the Netherlands next week to discuss efforts to combat anti-Semitism, State Department says.


Ira Forman, who in 2013 was named Secretary of State John Kerry’s envoy to combat anti-Semitism, will travel to the U.K. and the Netherlands next week, the State Department said on Friday.

According to the statement, Forman will “discuss efforts to combat anti-Semitism, including tracking and reporting hate-crimes, as well as interfaith engagement and promoting tolerance through sports,” in meetings with Jewish and other religious leaders, as well as government officials and non-governmental organizations.

Forman, a longtime director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, led President Obama 2012 campaign effort to push back against Republican and conservative depictions of Obama as hostile or indifferent to Israel. He was especially active in Florida.

Forman replaced Hannah Rosenthal, who was appointed by Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and who left in 2012 to direct Milwaukee’s Jewish Federation.

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