The Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 brought into being the existence of an office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. In 2006, the administration of President George W. Bush appointed the first Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, Gregg Rickman.
President Barack Obama’s appointee was Hannah Rosenthal. In this episode of Faith Complex we sat down with the Special Envoy to discuss her work as it pertains to Europe and the post-Arab Spring Middle East.
Ms. Rosenthal’s office does not lack for “business.” She describes an alarming uptick in European anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses. The degree to which the consistently pervasive rhetoric of anti-Zionism in Europe crosses over into anti-Semitsm is a subject we discuss at length.
Ms. Rosenthal also calls attention to some of the bright spots. These include the earnest efforts of the…