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Leland represents Ohio in national call to keep anti-Semitism envoy at State Department

Lawmaker urges White House to be global leader in fight against discrimination
July 14, 2017
David Leland News

State Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) recently joined Jewish lawmakers from across the country in urging President Donald Trump to appoint and adequately fund a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism. The U.S. State Department position, created in 2004 with bipartisan congressional support, is currently vacant following the transition in presidential administrations. 

Recent news reports indicated that the State Department’s anti-Semitism office would be entirely unstaffed as of July 1, 2017. 

“At a time when we have witnessed a rise in anti-Semitism both abroad and even here at home, I believe it is critical that the United States take the lead in combatting insidious acts of prejudice and hate,” said Leland. “Filling this important State Department post will send a clear message to the international community that the United States believes anti-Semitism and other acts of discrimination cannot and will not be tolerated.” 

More than 60 elected officials from 25 U.S. states joined the Ohio lawmaker in signing the letter to the White House. The letter was organized by the National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL), a national Jewish non-profit organization. 

Leland represents Ohio in national call to keep anti-Semitism envoy at State Department (PDF)