On March 16, 2017, President Trump released his budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. This document proposed cuts in a variety of vital government agencies, including a 28% cut to the State Department from FY 2017 funding levels. With such deep gauges to the State Department ‘s budget as proposed, funding for the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism is vulnerable. This position is crucial for documenting human rights abuses against Jewish communities abroad, and it also develops vital programs and policies to combat anti-Semitism. In documenting anti-Semitic incidents abroad, the Special Envoy has worked closely with foreign leaders to address anti-Semitism in their countries and also inspired the creation of similar offices around the world.
Underfunding or fully cutting funds for the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism would signal to the rest of the world that the United States is abdicating leadership in this important area. Without this essential office, Jewish communities around the world will lose a crucial advocate and ally.