On February 5, The Israeli-American Council (IAC) commended Secretary of State Pompeo’s appointment of Elan Carr, a renowned prosecutor, Iraq War veteran, and Israel-American and Jewish community leader, as the new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, an ambassador-rank position that reports directly to the Secretary of State. Carr will lead the State Department’s efforts to develop and implement policies to combat anti-Semitism across the globe.
In the post, Carr will take the lead on advancing U.S. foreign policy on combating anti-Semitism worldwide. The special envoy works to actively promote the State Department’s working definition of anti-Semitism, which includes manifestations of anti-Semitism towards Israel in the form of demonization, delegitimization, and double standard.
“The recent horrific synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh compels us to recognize that anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem, it is a problem that threatens the core values of American society: democracy, free speech, and freedom of religion,” said IAC Chairman of the Board Adam Milstein. “Elan Carr brings a depth of experience and insights as a prosecutor, military officer, and devoted leader in the Israeli-American and Jewish communities. We believe there is nobody more qualified to combat anti-Semitism head-on across the globe.”
“We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Elan Carr, a close friend of the IAC, as he steps into his crucial role,” said IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet. “We thank the Secretary of State for making it a priority in the face of rising antiemetic hate movements in American and beyond. This appointment is an important milestone for our community, and we stand behind Elan in his role defending not only the Jewish people, but also the values of America and the free world.”
Carr is a criminal gang prosecutor at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, a JAG Corps officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, and the former President of the international Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi. In 2014, Carr ran for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in California’s 33rd congressional district.
Carr is a frequent participant in regional and national IAC conferences as well as a key partner for the fast-growing organization and its affiliated non-partisan policy arm, IAC for Action, on issues such as combating and defining Anti-Semitism.
A 1990 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Carr has been a leader of Alpha Epsilon Pi paternity and served as the Supreme Master on the Supreme Board of Governors from 2012-2014.
Arthur Stark, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations stated, “We wish Mr. Carr great success. We have known Mr. Carr for many years, most recently in his capacity as the devoted president of AEPi and member of the Conference of Presidents. Mr. Carr’s long record of involvement in Jewish communal work, supporting the State of Israel, and combating Anti-Semitism is remarkable. He has the knowledge, commitment and capabilities to successfully address the rising tide of Anti-Semitism in its various forms in Europe and around the world.”
The Special Envoy position had been vacant since the beginning of the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Anti-Semitism, led multiple efforts to urge the Administration to fill the Special Envoy position as quickly as possible.
“As Anti-Semitism continues to rise around the globe, it is more important than ever that we have a strong, qualified leader in this role,” said Lowey. “I am hopeful that Mr. Carr is the right person to spearhead our diplomatic efforts against threats to the world’s Jewish communities and that he will work with Congress to ensure that the U.S. remains a leader in the fight against Anti-Semitism.”