By COLlive reporter
Elan Carr, the US Special Envoy tasked with combating anti-Semitism, participated in a round-table meeting with civil leaders of the European Union and representatives of Jewish organizations in Belgium, this week.
The meeting was held at the behest of the U.S. Mission to the European Union and organized by Rabbi Michoel Rosenblum, Executive director of the EU Jewish Building (EUJB) and Rabbi of the European Synagogue.
“Before I talk to politicians or political institutions, my first port of call is always with the local Jewish community. It is they who know what’s really happening on the ground,” Carr said.
True to his word, Carr met leaders of Jewish organizations and Jewish political leaders in Brussels yesterday afternoon in the European Union Jewish Building.
Carr took the time to listen to the concerns, comments and suggestions of all present before outlining his current take on anti-semitism in Europe, his vision as well as his commitment to eradicating all forms of antisemitism, including its latest manifestation: anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism.
All present were touched by his understanding, dedication and deep knowledge of Jews and Judaism and his ability to accurately surmise the European situation, but above all, and crucially, his prescriptive assessment of the political initiatives that need to be taken to root out antisemitism from European society and the political arena.
Carr, appointed to the post by President Donald Trump, quoted freely the current Torah portions during the conversation, pointing out that we are strongest when united, and was encouraged to see the unity at the EUJB.
Rabbi Rosenblum focused on the positive aspect of being and living Jewish is probably the best way to fight Anti-semitism in many cases, and perhaps its best antidote.
Just coming from a meeting with his EU counterpart, Carr was encouraged that we do have some partners. The meeting ended with an upbeat feeling to continue to work together.