Lobby for the anti-Semitism state department envoy

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         Anti-semitism is the hostility or prejudice against Jews, and is a crucial problem on college campuses all over the world. There is a rising number of students who are harassed and discriminated because of their beliefs in Judaism. In the past year, the U.S. has not done much to combat these increasing numbers. According to The Amcha Initiative, the first six months of 2016 resulted in “287 anti-Semitic incidents [that] occurred at 64 schools.” There is a special envoy position in the United States state department directed to fighting anti-Semitism that has not been filled for over a year. Previously, the position was in charge of monitoring anti-Semitic acts around the country. Antonia Bloomberg, from the Huffington Post writes, “the number of anti-Semitic incidents rose nearly 60 percent in 2017, marking the largest single-year increase the organization has ever recorded” (Huffpost). The loss of the state department position was a caused in the spike of anti-Semitic activity. This proves that the department position will help in combating anti-Semitism. Therefore, the position needs to be refilled in order to decrease anti-Semitism in America. This also means that anti-Semitism in colleges will decrease with the renewal of the envoy. Through the use of media, the students and administrators at the UCLA campus will have an outlet to lobby for the state department envoy position to be obtained, which will help defeat anti-Semitism in colleges. The goal is to encourage students and administrators to lobby for the state department envoy on anti-Semitism to be renewed, which will help combat anti-Semitism so that Jewish college students encounter less hatred toward their religion.

 

 



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