The Obama administration launched training for its diplomats to identify and combat anti-Semitism.
Michael Posner, the assistant secretary of state for human rights, told the B’nai B’rith International policy conference Sept. 10 that the program had been launched by Hannah Rosenthal, the U.S. special envoy on anti-Semitism.
“Under Hannah’s leadership we have begun a major training initiative for Foreign Service officers in the State Department to teach them not only how to monitor but also how to respond appropriately to various forms of anti-Semitism,” he said.
Strategies taught to the diplomats include partnering with civil society groups, including non-Jewish groups; challenging the funding and running of schools that peddle hate and promote violence; training foreign law enforcement to enhance protection of vulnerable communities; and increasing cultural and educational exchanges to promote greater sensitivity to others. — jta