Jillian Segal named Australia's first special envoy on antisemitism

Jillian Segal named Australia's first special envoy on antisemitism

Jillian Segal has been appointed as Australia's first special envoy to combat antisemitism, a role established by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Segal, who has a background in both the public and private sectors and is the immediate past president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), will serve in this capacity for three years. The role aims to investigate the nature, extent, and impact of antisemitism in Australia and to make recommendations for its mitigation.

Segal's appointment comes in response to increased antisemitic incidents following the Hamas attack, which resulted in the deaths of 1,200 Israelis and the taking of hostages. As part of her new responsibilities, Segal will meet with members of the Jewish community and government officials to discuss strategies to combat vilification. This initiative aligns Australia with over 35 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and members of the European Union, which have similar roles dedicated to combating antisemitism. Segal will also participate in a global meeting of special envoys and coordinators focused on this issue.

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