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Thomas-Greenfield, Lipstadt meet with Jewish leaders in New York City

The discussion centered on antisemitism and U.S. support for Israel.

American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch (at right) was one of several U.S. Jewish leaders at a briefing with at U.S. leaders at the United Nations on Aug. 28, 2023. Source: Ted Deutch/X (Twitter).
American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch (at right) was one of several U.S. Jewish leaders at a briefing with at U.S. leaders at the United Nations on Aug. 28, 2023. Source: Ted Deutch/X (Twitter).

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Deborah Lipstadt, U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, met with a number of Jewish leaders at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City on Aug. 28.

Thomas-Greenfield previewed U.S. priorities for the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session, and both diplomats addressed U.S. “efforts to counter antisemitism and anti-Israel bias at the U.N.,” per a readout from Nate Evans, spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations.

Lipstadt praised António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, “for taking the important step of drafting a UN Action Plan to Combat Antisemitism,” according to the readout. Thomas-Greenfield “also reinforced the Biden administration’s unshakeable support for Israel and a negotiated two-state solution.”

Several people posted on social media that they were part of the event, including American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch, Chabad-Lubavitch spokesman Yaacov Behrman and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul staffer Eva Wyner.

Thomas-Greenfield also met on Monday with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as did Guterres. In a readout of Thomas-Greenfield’s meeting with Gallant, Evans stated that the diplomats “discussed the need to de-escalate tensions and improve the security situation in the West Bank.”

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