USCIRF Hearing on Global Efforts to Counter Anti-Semitism

Jan 08


Jan 8th 1:30pm


U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing

Global Efforts to Counter Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
1:30 – 3:00 PM
325 Russell Senate Office Building

Hearing Summary
Hearing Transcript 

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a hearing about how U.S. foreign policy and the international community can counter the growing threat of anti-Semitism around the world.

The global Jewish community is facing a rising tide of anti-Semitic hatred characterized by vandalism, Holocaust denial, violent attacks, hate speech, and the perpetuation of vicious stereotypes. Devastating attacks on synagogues, like the one in October in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur, illustrate the risks Jews take by seeking to worship and live out their religious identity. Jews in some regions are even refraining from wearing kippahs, Star of David necklaces, and other identifying clothing in order to prevent targeted attacks against them.

Nations around the world have sought to respond to the threat by increasing security at synagogues and schools, strengthening education aimed at countering prejudice and Holocaust denial, and by supporting interfaith dialogue and understanding. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief recently released a comprehensive report on anti-Semitic trends globally and offered policy recommendations to governments, and the European Union recently held a summit to develop strategies to address anti-Semitism. In the United States, Congress continues to work on these issues, most recently through bipartisan taskforces aimed at combatting anti-Semitism.

Witnesses will highlight recommendations to counter anti-Semitism and discuss how the international community can more effectively ensure that the global Jewish community can worship freely and without fear.

Opening Remarks

  • Senator Jacky Rosen, D-NV, Co-Chair, Senate Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism
  • Tony Perkins, Chair, USCIRF
  • Gayle Manchin, Vice Chair, USCIRF
    Written remarks
  • Gary Bauer, Commissioner, USCIRF
    Written remarks

Panel I

  • Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
    Written testimony

Panel II

  • Elan Carr, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of State
    Written testimony

Panel III

  • Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion, Emory University
    Written testimony
  • Sharon Nazarian, Senior Vice President of International Affairs, Anti-Defamation League
    Written testimony
  • Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations, American University
    Written testimony
  • Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of the Global Social Action Agenda, Simon Wiesenthal Center
    Written testimony


This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the public, and the media. Members of the media should RSVP at The hearing will be livestreamed via the Commission website. For any questions please contact Jamie Staley at or 202-786-0606.



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Tony Perkins, Chair · Gayle Manchin, Vice Chair · Nadine Maenza, Vice Chair 
Gary Bauer · Anurima Bhargava · Tenzin Dorjee
Sharon Kleinbaum · Johnnie Moore

Erin D. Singshinsuk, Executive Director

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze, and report on threats to religious freedom abroad.