U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (CD-4) Thursday received the American Jewish Committee’s Leadership Award for his work on for his work on anti-Semitism and other humanitarian issues.
“For 30 years, Chris Smith has been our friend, ally and a tireless advocate for human rights,” said Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs, who presented the award at the AJC Global Forum. “As Co-Chair of the Helsinki Commission, Chris organized a hearing on Escalating Anti-Semitic Violence in Europe. It led to the first official conference on anti-Semitism ever mounted by an international governmental organization, the OSCE, in Vienna in 2003, and a year later a second conference in Berlin—this time with a declaration of fifty-five countries, acknowledging the problem and proposing steps to address it.”
Smith has been an advocate for the Jewish community in fighting anti-semitism and was the author of the provisions of the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 that created the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism within the U.S. State Department.