BY Yaakov Katz, JPost—
The Jewish people are facing the worst wave of antisemitism since the Holocaust, Elan Carr, the Trump administration’s new special envoy to combat antisemitism, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
Carr was appointed Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism earlier this month after the post had been vacant for two years since Donald Trump became president in 2016.
Carr, 50, is a former criminal prosecutor and US Army veteran who served in Iraq and was national president of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi. Since taking office, Carr has plunged into his work, attending a conference on antisemitism organized by Slovakia and another one in Brussels arranged by the European Union.
“This is not the 1930s but it is worse than it has been in the last few decades,” Carr said on Thursday. He was in Israel for two days to attend the annual gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Carr noted the rise in antisemitism worldwide, mentioning the desecration of close to 100 Jewish gravestones spray painted with swastikas in France. Thousands took to the streets in Paris denouncing the hatred and calling on the government there to take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The rise in antisemitism, he said, cannot be attributed to one single country but is “worldwide” and is an “urgent crisis” that needs to be confronted with a “full-court press.” It includes recent events in France, attacks in the US like the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh in October, as well as continued efforts to delegitimize Israel and Zionism by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Continue Reading….