After two years of leaving the post empty, the Trump administration has selected Los Angeles prosecutor Elan Carr as the State Department’s new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, JTA reported Monday.
Carr, a Jewish-American army veteran who served in Iraq, is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He also served as president of the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. Carr, a Republican, unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014 against Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu.
The envoy’s position was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, but it has been left vacant since January 20, 2017, leading to protests from lawmakers and the Jewish community.
Last September, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan “Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018,” which required the president to appoint an official to the role within 90 days of its passage and to put forward a nominee no more than 120 days after a vacancy.
“I hope I make the difference. At the end of the day, all that matters are results and impact,” Carr told JNS. “And that’s what I pray—that I should have an impact on this terrible [problem].”
Carr is immediately plunging into his work, heading to Slovakia this week for a symposium on anti-Semitism planned by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Further meetings are scheduled with the European Union Conference on Antisemitism in Brussels before Carr heads back to the U.S. for meetings with former Democratic and Republican administration officials.
The Israeli-American Council, which has worked closely with Carr for several years, welcomed the appointment. “Elan Carr brings a depth of experience and insights as a prosecutor, military officer, and devoted leader in the Israeli-American and Jewish communities. We believe there is nobody more qualified to combat anti-Semitism head-on across the globe,” IAC Chairman Adam Milstein said in a statement.
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