Elan Carr, the new US envoy for combatting antisemitism, minces no words in laying out the bare truth for all to hear, describing the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement (BDS) as “Hatred of the Jewish State is Hatred of the Jewish People”.
Thank you Mr. Carr for stating the truth in a clear fashion for all to hear and understand.
As Special Envoy, he advises the Secretary of State and is responsible for directing U.S. policies and projects aimed at countering anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Elan Carr is the son of an Iraqi Jewish mother who fled persecution in Iraq, and a Bulgarian father who fled the Nazis in Europe. They both fled to Israel and then moved together to the United States. Carr’s grandfather, a descendant of Baghdad religious leader Abdallah Somekh, was prosecuted during Iraqi show trials against Jewish community leaders during the time of the founding of Israel.
Special Envoy Carr speaks Hebrew and the Iraqi dialect of Arabic.
Carr served as an officer in the United States Army Reserve, and he has received multiple awards and commendations for his nearly two decades of military service. During 2003-2004 he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. During his service in Iraq he met with remnants of the Jewish community and led Jewish services in the former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
He also assisted efforts to establish an independent Iraqi judiciary and trained Iraqi judges and lawyers on constitutional law and criminal defense.
During his swearing in ceremony as Special US Envoy, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Iraq War veteran and attorney was chosen for “fierceness and vigor that he’ll bring to combating anti-Semitism,” according to a source at the event, which was closed to the press.
Other Powerful Statements by Elan Carr
“No leaders more than President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have reflected more force on this issue, more passion for protecting the Jewish people and more love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel than President Trump and Secretary Pompeo,” said Carr, according to a source at the ceremony.
“I will work to eradicate the attempted distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. There is no distinction,” he told U.S. Jewish leaders gathered at Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel as part of the annual Conference of Presidents summit in February.
“There is a greater rise in new anti-Semitism that clothes itself as anti-Zionism. The anti-Semitism of the European street, of the college campus and of those [who] have embraced the notion that the Jewish people don’t have a right to their homeland,” said Carr.