Today—The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA) welcomed the appointment of Gregg Rickman as Special State Department Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, and commends President George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their consistent efforts combating Anti-Semitism.
Dr. Rickman, a long-time congressional aide, has worked on Anti-Semitism issues for many years and in the 1990s directed the Senate Banking Committee’s investigation into the role played by Swiss Banks during the Holocaust. The new special envoy position, was created by 2004 legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) to expand State Department monitoring of anti-Semitism, will ensure bilateral relations with other nations and international organizations address any concerns about anti-Semitism.
Following the announcement, UOJCA Director of Public Policy Nathan Diament stated:
“We welcome Gregg Rickman’s appointment and appreciate the Administration’s clear and continuing commitment to confronting and combating Anti-Semitism. We have worked closely with Gregg over the years, and know him to be well suited to the challenges this new role will present.”