DMFI urges swift confirmation by the full Senate

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2022) — Angry at her attack on white supremacist language, Senate Republicans spent months blocking the nomination of Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee, to be Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism. Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee finally voted to approve her nomination, with bipartisan support. The vote moves her nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. With antisemitic incidents rising around the world, DMFI encourages senators of both parties to confirm Dr. Lipstadt.

“After enduring more than eight months of Republican obstruction, we’re thrilled to finally be able to congratulate Dr. Lipstadt as her nomination moves to a vote in the full Senate,” said Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) President and CEO Mark Mellman. “Dr. Lipstadt has spent her career fighting antisemitism, from the halls of academia to the public square to the world’s courtrooms, and she is uniquely qualified to take on this challenge.” 

“We are grateful to Senator Jacky Rosen, who led the successful effort to upgrade this post to reflect its significance, as well as to Senate Foreign Relations Chair Senator Robert Menendez for leading the effort to push Dr. Lipstadt’s nomination through his committee,” added Mellman. “That Republicans chose to needlessly delay a full Senate vote on this vital nomination is a sad commentary on the GOP’s commitment to fighting the scourge of antisemitism.” 

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt is a world-renowned historian with decades of experience studying the Holocaust, its denial, and the origins of antisemitism. Last summer, DMFI began mobilizing our 100,000 supporters who have continued contacting their Republican senator(s), urging them to stop blocking the nomination and to swiftly confirm Dr. Lipstadt.