Last week, US Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kathy Manning (D-NC), Randy Weber (R-TX), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ), all Co-Chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Anti-Semitism, led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requesting an update on the investigation into instances of anti-Semitism at the State Department.
The letter highlights three occurrences that have taken place over the past 21 months:
In February of 2021, a State Department staffer was found to be running an anti-Semitic website and had been calling for the establishment of Christian nation-states for years.
In July of 2021, a swastika was found in an elevator at the State Department’s headquarters in Washington.
And in February of this year, another swastika was found on a window shade at the US Embassy in Bulgaria.
Congresswoman Meng secured language in the Fiscal Year 2023 House State and Foreign Operations report requiring the State Department to report to Congress on the status of the investigations into these incidents, including recommendations for how the Department can improve tolerance and non-discrimination among its staff.