House Bill Forces Trump to Nominate “Anti-Semitism Envoy” Who Would Monitor Criticism of Israel

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15-01-19 09:58:00,

The position of anti-Semitism envoy was
created in 2004 over the objections of the
State Department, which said it wasn’t
needed. It was urged by Israeli Minister for
Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky, who had
formulated a new definition of anti-Semitism
that includes criticism of Israel.



By Alison Weir

January 14, 2019 “Information
Clearing House

–   

The U.S. House of Representatives voted
411-1
 for a bill that would force
President Trump to nominate an anti-Semitism
envoy, a position that has been vacant since
he took office. The definition of
anti-Semitism the position uses includes
certain criticisms of Israel.

The bipartisan bill upgrades the current
position of Anti-Semitism Envoy to an
ambassador rank, which requires the job to
be filled within 90 days.

The law states that the Special Envoy
shall “serve as the primary advisor to, and
coordinate efforts across, the U.S.
government relating to monitoring and
combating anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic
incitement in foreign countries.”

The bill, H.R.221-
Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat
Anti-Semitism Act
, was sponsored by Rep.
Christopher H. Smith [R-NJ-4] and has 87
co-sponsors
. Smith’s largest campaign
donor
 was NorPAC,
a pro-Israel political action committee.

To become law the bill must next be
passed by the Senate and then be signed by
the president. If Trump vetoes it, Congress
can override this through a two-thirds vote.

The position of anti-Semitism envoy was
created in 2004 over the objections of the
State Department, which said it wasn’t
needed. It was urged by
Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan
Sharansky, who had formulated a new
definition of anti-Semitism that includes
criticism of Israel.

Previous envoys before or after serving
in the position worked for the Israel
lobbying organization AIPAC, the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee.


The second envoy,

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