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The U.S. Department of State hostedthe first-ever U.S. government conference focused on combatting online anti-Semitismentitled “Ancient Hatred, Modern Medium,” October 21 and 22, 2020.  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hostedthe conferenceand delivered theopening remarks.  Organized by theDepartment’sOffice 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.  

The individual sessions from the conferenceare now availablefor on-demand viewing by the public.The sessions, introductions, and the conference program can be found at  .

Otherpresentersfrom the U.S. GovernmentincludedSenator James Lankford,Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz,Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen,Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism ElanCarr,and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels.    

Presentationsfeatured foreign leaders,includingPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuand Minister OritFarkash-Hacohenof Israel,MinisterMichael Goveof the United Kingdom,Federal National Council Member Dr. Ali AlNuaimiof the United Arab Emirates,International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance President AmbassadorMichaelaKüchler,European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism Katharina vonSchnurbein,and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or BeliefDr. Ahmed Shaheed.    

Representatives of social media platforms andleaders from religious communities, civil society,and academia alsospoke at the conference.

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