WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, was named Global Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP), an organization reestablished by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in order to combat global antisemitism and attacks on democratic values.
“It is an honor to be named as Global Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians at this critical time for Jewish Americans, and for Jews all over the world,” said Senator Rosen. “This Council will serve as a forum for Jewish parliamentarians to collaborate on issues of mutual concern, including to combat anti-Semitism. I look forward to working alongside Ambassador Lauder and Jewish parliamentarians from around the world in our shared mission to promote tolerance and fight back against hate.”
“I am proud to relaunch the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians alongside Senator Jacky Rosen,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “Senator Rosen is a tremendous advocate in the fight against antisemitism and a leading legislator in efforts to combat the world’s oldest hatred. As founding co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and a former synagogue president, she uniquely understands the concerns of Jewish communities and Jewish parliamentarians. Senator Rosen is the right person at the right time to chair this important forum.”
BACKGROUND: The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) is the global network of Jewish legislators, government ministers, and other elected officials. The forum aims to promote dialogue and collaboration between Jewish parliamentarians; to support the principles of democracy, the cause of human rights, and the rule of law; and to combat racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, terrorism, and Holocaust denial by those means available to legislators and government ministers. Senator Rosen’s chairwomanship succeeds former-Congressman Eliot Engel, the previous chair of the ICJP.
Earlier this year, the Rosen-backed Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2019 was signed into law. Rosen helped introduce this bipartisan and bicameral legislation to enhance the State Department’s role in combating global anti-Semitism by elevating the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to the rank of ambassador and making it a Senate-confirmed position.
Last year, Senator Rosen introduced the Never Again Education Act, bipartisan legislation later signed into law that established a dedicated federal fund to provide teachers with resources and training necessary to teach students the important lessons of the Holocaust.
Also last year, Rosen introduced a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied Forces during World War II. The bipartisan resolution unanimously passed the Senate in February 2020.
In October 2019, Senator Rosen, along with Senator James Lankford (R-OK), launched the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism. The collaboration is the first of its kind in the United States Senate.
Senator Rosen holds the distinction of being the third female Jewish Senator in U.S. history, as well as the first former synagogue president to serve in the United States Senate. As such, Senator Rosen has been an outspoken advocate of combating anti-Semitism in the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and around the world.