The U.S. Department of State hosted the first-ever U.S. government conference focused on combatting online anti-Semitism entitled “Ancient Hatred, Modern Medium,” October 21 and 22, 2020. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted the conference and delivered the opening remarks. Organized by the Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the virtual conference explored the threats posed by anti-Semitism on the internet and social media and considered practical responses for governments and civil society.
Other presenters from the U.S. Government included Senator James Lankford, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr, and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels.
Presentations featured foreign leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen of Israel, Minister Michael Gove of the United Kingdom, Federal National Council Member Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi of the United Arab Emirates, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance President Ambassador Michaela Küchler, European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein, and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Dr. Ahmed Shaheed.
Representatives of social media platforms and leaders from religious communities, civil society, and academia also spoke at the conference.