Israel’s anti-Semitism envoy said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has offended her, citing her criticism of the proposed judicial overhaul as a possible reason.
Noa Tishby, a pro-Israel activist and actor, was appointed to the voluntary role to combat anti-Semitism last year by then foreign minister Yair Lapid.
Tishby wrote on Twitter that “I can’t know if their decision was based on my public concerns about this government’s ‘judicial reform policy’.
“But given the fact that anti-Semitism continues to rise dangerously around the world, and that the threat to Israel has not slowed down through delegitimizing policies, it is difficult to come to any other reasonable conclusion,” she added. Tishby.
“I am disappointed by their decision, but I will remain steadfast in my commitment to fighting anti-Semitism and to Israel’s representation on the world stage,” she said.
She attached a copy of a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated Sunday, which said her official term ran through 2022, and although they discussed at the beginning of the year extending the relationship, “under current circumstances, it is not the intention of the ministry. to renew the relationship.”
It is with disappointment and sadness, but with lasting determination, that I can confirm that the current Israeli government has removed me from my position as Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism and the Delegation of Israel.
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— (((noa tishby))) (@noatishby) April 2, 2023
The letter ordered her not to use the title of “special envoy to fight anti-Semitism” moving forward.
Last month, Tishby published a column on the Hebrew news site Ynet critical of the government’s proposed legislation, calling it an attempted “coup”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to answer questions about Tishby’s dismissal but issued a statement wishing her luck.
Netanyahu announced last week that he would put the proposed reform of the country’s judges on hold. The country is divided and weekly mass protests have taken place to recommend the government’s protection to the Supreme Court.
Another diplomatic appointment by the previous government, Asaf Zamir, Israel’s Consul General in New York, resigned last week in protest.