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White House Appoints Envoy on Antisemitism

The former head of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs was appointed the U.S. State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.

Hannah Rosenthal led the JCPA for five years and most recently was the vice president of community relations at the not-for-profit WPS Health Insurance Company.

The post has been vacant since Gregg Rickman left at the end of the Bush administration.

The State Department in a Nov. 20 statement noted ” a growing trend of anti-Semitic hate crimes and discrimination around the world.”

“As Special Envoy, Hannah will lead our efforts to focus our diplomatic energies on challenging these deplorable acts,” the statement said. “As special envoy, she also will work with governments and civil society organizations across the globe to promote tolerance.”

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