Western's Ray Wolpow Institute signs public statement to preserve government agency that monitors anti-semitism

As a member of the Association of Holocaust organizations, Western's Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity has joined more than 120 signatories in a public statement released earlier today urging the U.S. government to preserve the government agency that monitors anti-semitism.

The statement reads as follows:

The undersigned Holocaust remembrance organizations, educators, and historians ask you to speak out and take action against hatred.
We are alarmed by reports that the President plans to defund the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, an office that tracks and counteracts anti-Semitism abroad. Ira Forman, the most recent Special Envoy in charge of that office, was our voice to a world in the throes of xenophobia and racism. He recently wrote, “Anti-Semitism is not only a Jewish problem; Jew-hatred — like other forms of religious and ethnic prejudice — is a threat to the very foundations of liberal democracies.”
We urge the US government to maintain and strengthen the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and to create a new office to address this urgent issue domestically. The need becomes clearer by the day as hatred, like a tidal wave, sweeps across the nation. Cemeteries, synagogues, churches and mosques are being desecrated. Jewish Community Centers and schools are targets of bomb threats and shootings. Swastikas and white supremacist threats appear on walls and on social media. Now is the time to increase vigilance, not roll it back.

In 2016, WWU established The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holcoaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity to honor and continue the work of Prof. Emeritus Ray Wolpow. Wolpow created The Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education (NWCHGEE) in September of 1998 to assist educators in the design and implementation of Holocaust, genocide and ethnocide-related studies. NWCHGEE is dedicated to remembering and learning from the past in order to promote the human rights of all people. After Wolpow’s retirement, NWCHGEE continued to be housed in the Woodring College of Education, administered by the Center for Education, Equity, and Diversity under the leadership of Dr. Kristen French.

For more information on the institute, its goals, or its history, go to https://wp.wwu.edu/raywolpowinstitute/.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:02am