August 22, 2017
“REP. CHRIS SMITH (R-Dist. 4) recently authored an amendment to enhance international efforts to combat anti-Semitism that was adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA). The amendment codified a working definition of anti-Semitism.
“Attacks on Jewish communities have been rising in many OSCE countries, including the U.S…. A common definition of anti-Semitism will help identify, prevent, and defeat these threats. It is critical that the governments of the OSCE now act to adopt and operationalize the working definition,” said Smith…
…Smith, a Republican from the fourth district which covers parts of Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean counties, is cochair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, which organizes the U.S. delegation to the OSCE PA. The OSCE PA tackles a wide range of international issues, including security-related concerns, human rights, policing strategies, and other critical issues.
…Smith wrote the provisions of the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 that created the Special Envoy and Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the U.S. State Department. In May, he introduced the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act to elevate and strengthen the position of the envoy. As of July 2017, Smith has chaired nine anti-Semitism hearings.”
Excerpted & emphasis added. Read the original New Jersey Jewish News article here.