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The ADL’s Disgrace

The ADL’s Disgrace

Washington Free Beacon Editors

Publication

June 29, 2020

We never thought we’d see Sharpton embraced by Jews, but that’s what’s transpiring now as the Anti-Defamation League strays onto the Reverend’s turf—leading a boycott campaign against one of the most successful Jewish-owned businesses in the world. Its CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, has tapped Sharpton as a partner in a political project to police objectionable speech that both are trying to cast as a modern civil rights issue.

Sharpton has come a long way. So has the ADL.

Does the ADL Know What Anti-Semitism Is?

Does the ADL Know What Anti-Semitism Is?

Liel Leibovitz

Publication

February 20, 2020

Another instance of playing partisan politics reveals how dangerously the organization has lost its way

Who can speak for American Jews against anti-Semitism? Not the ADL

Who can speak for American Jews against anti-Semitism? Not the ADL

Jonathan S. Tobin

Publication

November 27, 2019

While British Jewry has pulled together against the threat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, American Jews seem more focused on partisan grudges then on combating hate.

The ADL Is Not Jewish and No Longer Speaks for Jews

The ADL Is Not Jewish and No Longer Speaks for Jews

Dov Fischer

Publication

April 16, 2021

Under Jonathan Greenblatt, they’ve lost focus, attacking conservatives instead of fighting anti-Semitism.

What’s Happened to the Anti-Defamation League?

What’s Happened to the Anti-Defamation League?

Charles Jacobs

Publication

June 4, 2017

As a “new antisemitism” casts the Jewish state as the cruelest of nations, and her Jewish supporters as “racists,” the ADL has been largely silent. The lies are spread in newspapers, churches and college classrooms. On campuses, Jewish students are harassed and intimidated. Even the curricula in many public high schools and middle schools is biased against Israel. Yet the ADL, once the Jewish people’s defense agency, seems unable or unwilling to effectively fight back.

ZOA Concerned: ADL Wrongly Says BDS Not Always Antisemitic

ZOA Concerned: ADL Wrongly Says BDS Not Always Antisemitic

Morton A. Klein

Publication

August 24, 2021

It’s enormously frustrating when the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – which should be working with us―instead undermines the pro-Israel community’s efforts to combat antisemitism. Too often, ADL gives a “free pass” to Islamist, BLM, and other left wing antisemitism. ADL now appears ready to hand out “free passes” to radical Islamist antisemites on college campuses, during ADL’s new partnership with Hillel.

Is the ADL a greater threat to liberty than the extremists it targets?

Is the ADL a greater threat to liberty than the extremists it targets?

Jonathan S. Tobin

Publication

August 5, 2021

The group’s new deal to help PayPal shut down supposed radicals is part of a Big Tech corporate assault on free expression, not a defense of democracy.

The ADL’s Islamophobia hypocrisy

The ADL’s Islamophobia hypocrisy

Jonathan S. Tobin

Publication

April 24, 2018

The group’s opposition to Mike Pompeo was a function of partisanship, not principle.

CHARLES JACOBS: THE ADL MUST DO ITS JOB

CHARLES JACOBS: THE ADL MUST DO ITS JOB

Charles Jacobs

Publication

December 14, 2011

Only 3 percent of ADL’s press releases focus on Islamic extremism and Arab anti-Semitism.

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William Jacobson: Boycotted for Publishing the Truth | Top Story

Jonathan Tobin

Top Story

December 14, 2021

6m:05s

Law professor and "Legal Insurrection" author William Jacobson joins JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin to discuss how intersectionality and critical race theory are destroying academic freedom and enabling anti-Semitism.

The two discuss the way cancel culture, fueled by leftist ideology, is distorting the educational system, undermining academic freedom and creating an atmosphere in which both liberals and conservatives are afraid to speak up.

In this excerpt professor Jacobson discusses the failure of Jewish organizations and ADL in particular to oppose Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality and other pernicious ideas that promote antisemitism.

The full video and podcasts are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPCLCzIRHFo

Webinar: The Failure of Jewish Leadership — “Where’s the ADL?”

Jonathan Tobin, Charles Jacobs, William Jacobson

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

March 10, 2021

1h:13m:28s

In the first of APT’s 2021 webinar series on failed Jewish leadership, Charles Jacobs interviews Prof. William A. Jacobson of Cornell Law School and “Legal Insurrection,” and Jonathan S. Tobin, the editor-in-chief of the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS). They both give their unique and experienced perspectives on how the American Jewish establishment’s crown jewel, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), has consistently failed to carry out its mission of defending American Jews, preferring to simply be a mouthpiece for fashionable leftist maxims, which have nothing to do with Judaism.

Issuing the Call for New Jewish Leadership

Charles Jacobs

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

January 7, 2020

6m:12s

It’s becoming obvious to most in the Jewish community that we are living in a state of siege. Look around. Practically every Jewish building and institution in America has security. College campuses are hostile territories; Jewish students are under attack by a hateful axis of radical faculty, Stalinist students, and Muslim extremists. Jews are being beaten in Brooklyn. Where is all this going?

Read more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFW1huATc8I

​ADL: Protecting American Muslims, Fooling American Jews

Charles Jacobs

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

November 13, 2019

8m:35s

In the spring of 2014, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released the first* of three surveys on anti-Semitism. It was conducted in 102 countries across the globe, with the other two following in 2015 (centering on Europe)† and 2017 (on the U.S.)

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Episode 1: “Commentary” Magazine Smashes ADL’s Greenblatt

Episode 1: “Commentary” Magazine Smashes ADL’s Greenblatt

Charles Jacobs

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

January 17, 2020

5m:15s

Welcome to the inaugural episode of APT’s new podcast series — a place where we’ll be discussing the issues and the threats facing the Jewish community today.

“There will be a reckoning.” Those are the words of John Podhoretz, editor of “Commentary” Magazine, one of American Jewry’s most respected intellectual journals. John Podhoretz aimed those words at Jonathan Greenblatt, who is the head of the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL is one of the most prominent Jewish organizations in America and its mission is to defend the Jewish community. But as more and more Jews have been noticing, under Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL seems more concerned with defending progressives and the Democratic Party than defending Jews. And so in the face of mounting physical and verbal attacks on Jews in New York, mostly by black Americans, Podhoretz describes the flaccid response of the ADL to the surge of Jew-hatred in New York, and he can’t help getting a bit emotional.*

What’s important about this, is that it shows that more and more prominent Jews are seeing the failure of the mainstream Jewish leadership.

Episode 2: Prominent Jewish Columnist Denounces ADL Head

Episode 2: Prominent Jewish Columnist Denounces ADL Head

Charles Jacobs

Americans for Peace and Tolerance

January 17, 2020

5m:45s

In this APT podcast, Dr. Charles Jacobs recounts his trip to New York where thousands of Jews turned out on January 5, 2020, to march in solidarity with the city’s besieged Orthodox community. He also describes his disappointment in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the march’s main organizers, for making the march about just hatred in general — not anti-Semitism. This demonstrates how the ADL is conforming to a current trend in Democratic Party circles, where hatred of Jews is drowned in a soup of many other hatreds whenever officially condemned.

He also reads excerpts from an article by JNS editor Jonathan Tobin, who has specifically excoriated the ADL’s openly partisan CEO Jonathan Greenblatt for focusing on progressive causes instead of protecting Jews.*

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WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: Where Are Today's Maccabees?

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: Where Are Today's Maccabees?

Thane Rosenbaum

White Rose Magazine

June 8, 2022

American Jewish leaders, such as they are, often extend greater efforts crusading on behalf of other communities rather than their own.

Jew haters apparently know there are no costs to repackaging age-old anti-Semitic libels.

Jewish advocacy has gone corporate, answerable to a Board of Directors, fearful of fickle consumers, and obsessed with product placement. Calling attention to African-Americans or Muslims assaulting Jews will lead to accusations of racism or Islamophobia. And that would be bad for their brand.

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: Where Jewish Leadership Went Astray

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: Where Jewish Leadership Went Astray

Richard L. Kronenfeld, PhD

White Rose Magazine

June 8, 2022

How did we reach this point where political ideology outweighs what should be unified Jewish support for Israel?

Under the rubric of tikkun olam, they instead embraced progressivism as a universalized view that allowed them to disassociate themselves from mainstream Judaism and Zionism, which they could then disparage as being too parochial as opposed to their wider vision of caring for all of humanity.

Ironically, officials charged with enforcing “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” are among the worst promoters of anti-Jewish propaganda.

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: Playing Defense Is Not Working on Campuses

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: Playing Defense Is Not Working on Campuses

William A. Jacobson and Johanna E. Markind

White Rose Magazine

June 8, 2022

At the same time that the ADL has done little to oppose left-wing anti-Semitism, which is what dominates college campuses, while criticizing the Jewish community for standing up to anti-Semitism, Greenblatt has turned the organization into an active political partisan.

Essentially, Greenblatt has transformed the ADL from a non-partisan advocate for Jews confronting anti-Semitism into an advocacy organization for left-wing and culture-war causes.

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: The ADL Is Undermining the Battle Against Anti-Semitism

WHITE ROSE MAGAZINE ESSAY FROM ISSUE #8: The ADL Is Undermining the Battle Against Anti-Semitism

Jonathan Tobin

White Rose Magazine

June 8, 2022

The abandonment of core principles and its job of defending Jews places the ADL on the same side of those it is pledged to fight.

The Revolution Inside the ADL

The Revolution Inside the ADL

Seth Mandel

Commentary

April 1, 2022

Almost from the moment he took over in 2014, the ADL has been mired in accusations of political bias, of providing cover for anti-Semites on the left from the kind of accountability the organization doggedly pursues for anyone on the right. Those accusations are true. But the organization is in the middle of a more consequential turn. To gain admission to the new progressive pantheon, the ADL has found itself compelled to jettison its century-old mission and become a different kind of organization entirely.

Canceled speaker at JCC in Omaha, whose topic was radicalization, makes case known

Canceled speaker at JCC in Omaha, whose topic was radicalization, makes case known

Dmitriy Shapiro

JNS

March 30, 2022

“Exposing extremism does not make Richard Green or his Clarion Project anti-Muslim. It does, however, make them anti-terrorist. The Clarion Project works with local law enforcement, including the U.S. government. In so doing, they have saved thousands of lives. Because of that work connection, are you also inferring that our government is anti-Muslim?” Javitch wrote. “ … It is a sad turn of events that the ADL, founded by B’nai B’rith, no longer seems to share the free speech values inherent within Judaism and the First Amendment.”

ADL’s Anti-Semitism Report Ignores Islamic Jew-Hatred

ADL’s Anti-Semitism Report Ignores Islamic Jew-Hatred

Robert Spencer

Frontpage Magazine

March 21, 2022

The Left doesn’t see inconvenient facts.

The Brandeis Center Stepping Into The Antisemitism Breach Left By The ADL

The Brandeis Center Stepping Into The Antisemitism Breach Left By The ADL

Editorial Board

Jewish Press

March 16, 2022

Sadly, the ADL now seems to focus most of it resources on promoting LGBT rights and supporting the Democratic party’s overblown war on white supremacists and away from black anti-Semitism rather than drilling down on antisemitism. In fact, the ADL’s 2021 “Murder and Extremism in the United States” report is receiving criticism for allegedly covering up Black, Nation of Islam, and Muslim antisemitism for political and ideological reasons instead of drilling down into the actual evidence.

ADL's 2021 extremism report ignores non-white threats - opinion

ADL's 2021 extremism report ignores non-white threats - opinion

Morton A. Klein, Elizabeth Berney

Jerusalem Post

March 8, 2022

The ADL's recent report on Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2021 ignores or downplays deadly extremism from non-white extremists

No Place for Hate

No Place for Hate

John Sailer

Minding the Campus

February 24, 2022

The “anti-bias” emphasis rings deeply ironic. No Place for Hate encourages schools to spread the watchwords of modern progressivism—microaggressions, equity (not equality), social justice—while training students for political activism. The whole program functions as an overt, unselfconscious, textbook example of bias in education.

Omissions and Inaccuracies in ADL’s “2021 Murder and Extremism” Report Led to Inaccurate Conclusion

Omissions and Inaccuracies in ADL’s “2021 Murder and Extremism” Report Led to Inaccurate Conclusion

ZOA Staff

ZOA Press Release

February 23, 2022

ZOA obviously agrees that white supremacists are bigoted and dangerous. But, as the recent Islamist hostage-taker at the Colleyville synagogue and the Black Lives Matter activist who attempted to assassinate a Jewish mayoral candidate demonstrated, we dare not ignore or downplay the severe threats from other quarters.

ADL’s Greenblatt Falsely Proclaims He Opposes “Cancel Culture” — While Promoting It

ADL’s Greenblatt Falsely Proclaims He Opposes “Cancel Culture” — While Promoting It

ZOA Staff

ZOA

February 16, 2022

Despite ADL/Greenblatt’s protestations against, and claims of opposition to, the fascism of the “cancel culture,” ADL does support the “cancel culture” against people or groups that are “right wing” — while opposing the “cancel culture” against those that are “left wing.”

Whoopi Goldberg Said What Progressives – Including ADL – Are Thinking About Racism

Whoopi Goldberg Said What Progressives – Including ADL – Are Thinking About Racism

Johanna Markind

Legal Insurrection

February 15, 2022

When Whoopi Goldberg said the Holocaust wasn’t about race, because Nazis and Jews were both white, she voiced what has become unquestioned truth in today’s progressive circles. The ADL, an organization founded to fight Jew-hatred, is complicit.

Was Whoopi Goldberg right about the Holocaust?

Was Whoopi Goldberg right about the Holocaust?

Pamela Paresky

Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR)

February 11, 2022

Goldberg’s ill-conceived comments were actually completely consistent with the ADL’s recent and equally ill-conceived definition of racism.