WASHINGTON, May 17 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named Gregg Rickman as special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism around the world. He will join the ever enlarging office monitoring anti-Semitism.
Congressional legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) created the office in late 2004. Many in the State Department because the issue already was being addressed in the department's human rights monitoring.
But aipac pushed the legislation, blaming Palestinians for the anti-Semitism intensification in Europe and the Middle East.
Gregg Rickman worked with Sen. D'Amato to get money from Swiss banks for post-WW2 jews. He's been in the US govt a long time.
He was staff director for former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.). He directed the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee investigating the "oil for food" scandal implicating U.N. officials and others in receiving kickbacks from Saddam Hussein during the years Iraq was under sanction.
Rickman, who will be sworn in Today, will not simply monitor anti-Semitism; he will inject the issue into every bilateral or multilateral arrangement.