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Major Internet Firms Join ADL, European Jewish Groups to Battle Hate Speech Online

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

European Jewish students are teaming with the New York-based Anti-Defamation League to expand the organization’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide for European Internet users.

The European Jewish Congress and European Union of Jewish Students will work together to help expand the guide, and develop translations in French and German.

The news follows an agreement between the European Commission and Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft on creation of a “Code of Conduct” addressing online hate speech.

ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement that the Code of Conduct “closely tracks ADL’s ‘Best Practices for Responding to Cyberhate” originally released in 2014.’”

The Cyber-Safety Action Guide includes tabs where visitors may access information on submitting complaints and reporting hate speech to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

It also provides quick links to each company’s cyber-bullying and harassment policies and terms of service, as well as links directly to online complaint forms. The guide is currently available in English and in Spanish.

Hana Levi Julian

The ADL Turns Anti-Israel

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

{Originally posted to the FrontPage Magazine website}

A few years ago, the Syrian American Council sponsored a tour by Sheik Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi who had called for the murder of all the Jews.

“Allah has made it a duty to fight them and wage Jihad against them,” he had declared. It was not “permissible under Sharia” to make peace with the Jews. Instead the Muslims were obligated to “fight them, to shed their blood, and wage perpetual Jihad.”

“All the Jewish people are combatant,” he ranted. They could all be killed.

The chairman of the SAC, Hussam Ayloush described Jews as “Zionazis” and refused to condemn Hamas.

Despite that, HIAS allied with the Syrian American Council in its push for the migration of Syrian Muslims. And the ADL chose to invite Omar Hossino of the SAC to speak at its National Leadership Summit.

The ADL is no stranger to strange alliances with Islamist groups through its Interfaith Coalition on Mosques which harasses local communities into acceding to the construction of Islamist institutions. But under its new leader Jonathan Greenblatt, an Obama associate, the organization has also been opening doors to anti-Israel groups across the spectrum.

When radical anti-Israel hate group If Not Now targeted Jewish charities for harassment, the ADL told the stealth BDS group, which has ties to open BDS group JVP, that “there’s more we agree on than disagree on.” A follow up ADL tweet was openly directed at a JVP member. Greenblatt’s press release described members of the anti-Israel hate group as “part of our community” and claimed once again that If Not Now and ADL shared the “same goal”. No less a figure on the left than Eric Yoffie, a persistent critic of Israel, had written that, “IfNotNow is not a pro-Israel organization. It does not deserve the support of left-leaning American Jews.” And that was coming from a J Street supporter.

Even the Bernie Sanders campaign had suspended IfNotNower Simone Zimmerman for her ugly comments. But what wasn’t good enough for Yoffie and Sanders was good enough for the new ADL.

But Greenblatt’s courting of anti-Israel hate groups was the new ADL policy. He became the first ADL boss to speak to J Street, a group which has provided a forum for BDS activists, including JVP.

The ADL head told J Street, as he had assured If Not Now, that his organization “shares your commitment to change”. He echoed talking points by the astroturf anti-Israel groups that the “establishment” had not provided a “safe space” for debate. That’s a euphemism for providing forums for anti-Israel groups to spread their hate against the Jewish State.

“We should not stand idly by when those in our community exhibit Islamophobia or deny the rights of the marginalized, Palestinian,” he insisted to J Street.

But even earlier, Jonathan Greenblatt had begun whitewashing BDS and anti-Israel groups with a Medium post in which he described the delegitimization of Israel as an “ostensibly non-violent movement”… “that worked so well to bring an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa .”

He claimed that many BDS activists are “animated by a desire for justice” and that “even if we disagree, even we should acknowledge the earnestness of their motives.”

The ADL had gone from clear condemnations of BDS to defending the motives of haters and bigots.

But Jonathan Greenblatt shows a pattern of being more comfortable with critics of Israel than its friends. He retweets Israel critic Dean Obeidallah and an attack on Bill Clinton by an anti-Israel activist who shrieks “Zionist Jews & Apartheid Israel can go 2 hell, they’ve milked USA w/Lies 4 far 2 long.” There was a time when the ADL used to condemn that sort of thing. Instead Greenblatt pops up in Haaretz to condemn Jewish “hate speech”. Haaretz has run headlines such as “The Conference of the Elders of Zion” and “Trump at AIPAC: A Jewish Betrayal of the United States”. Greenblatt did not object.

While on every other issue, from mandatory mosques for communities to mandatory men in women’s bathrooms to mandatory contraception for nuns, the ADL has sharpened its positions. But on Israel, the Greenblatt ADL has been watering down its stands and edging closer to opponents of Israel.

Perversely Greenblatt had even exploited Holocaust Remembrance Day to call on the Jewish community to “embrace” a “vigorous debate” by those who “disagree with certain policies and behaviors” of Israel.

“One can be critical of Israel without any justification or accusations of anti-Semitism,” Greenblatt insisted.

No one doubts that. And yet it’s quite strange that Jonathan Greenblatt feels the need to defend Israel critics in his Holocaust Remembrance Day message. Or perhaps it’s not so strange at all.

Before heading the ADL, Greenblatt had been the director the Aspen Institute, an organization with close ties to George Soros. The previous ADL boss had condemned Soros. Its current boss was his man.

But Jonathan Greenblatt appears to motivated more by disinterest than animus. He is animated when urging companies to boycott North Carolina or advocating for #BlackLivesMatter. Like many on the left, Greenblatt views Jewish identity and history as coin to be traded in for left-wing causes. He likes heading up a civil rights group, but the Jewish part is an uncomfortable formality.

When he tells hate groups like If Not Now and anti-Israel groups like J Street that they share a common goal, he means it. Not because those groups are in any way accepting of Israel, but because he views their areas of agreement on Syrian Muslim migrants or gay rights to be far more important than Israel.

The ADL’s National Leadership Summit had only one panel on anti-Semitism, one panel on BDS and one panel on Israel. The latter was an apologetic session with two ADL honchos titled, “Answering the Toughest Questions About Israel”. To put that into perspective, the ADL had the same number of sessions on BDS as it did on transgender bathrooms. It had the same number of sessions on anti-Semitism as it did on Syrian Muslim refugees. Its mass incarceration and transgender bathroom panels were twice the size of its Israel or BDS panels.

Jonathan Greenblatt and his new ADL know that they have to go through the motions to keep the donors on the hook. He has to promise to fight BDS and anti-Semitism. But meanwhile the ADL dismisses the “mounting hysteria” of claims of anti-Semitism on campus by Jewish students. It honors left-wing politicians who make anti-Semitic statements as well as those who voted to let Iran go nuclear.

The ADL has always been a sellout organization, but under Greenblatt it has become much more comfortable talking to haters of Israel and the Jewish community than to victims of anti-Semitism. Donors to the ADL aren’t funding the fight against BDS or anti-Semitism. Instead they’re underwriting generic left-wing activism against prisons, borders and single-sex bathrooms under a Jewish brand.

When Jonathan Greenblatt assures anti-Israel hate groups like If Not Now and J Street that they share the same goals, maybe the pro-Israel community should start taking him at his word.

Daniel Greenfield

ADL: European Nations Failing to Combat Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

A new report jointly released by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League and Human Rights First says member states in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are not living up to their commitments to fight anti-Semitic hate crimes.

The “Scorecard on Hate Crime Response in the OSCE Region” notes hate crimes continue to go unreported in the participating member nations — which include the United States.

In addition, those nations also consistently fall short on their commitments to combat hate crime, the report notes.

Both Human Rights First and ADL have developed recommendations for the United States to aid its European allies in combating the rise of anti-Semitic and extremist violence, specifically in France, Germany, and Hungary.

“There has been a rise in anti-Semitic hate crime,” in some OSCE countries, the report notes, adding the trend “can be traced to both incitement from neo-fascist groups and the growth of violent Islamist extremist groups.

“Anti-Semitism is a virulent thread that runs through the ideologies of many extremist groups, even though their world views converge on little else.”

The report analyzes data submitted by countries to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

However, the report provides a partial picture because many countries either do not collect such data or fail to transmit their findings to the ODIHR on a timely basis, the ADL notes.

OSCE member states need to make reporting a higher priority, given the current refugee crisis, the rise of far-right parties and movements espousing hatred, and the increase in hate crimes, the ADL said in its statement to media.

Only 36 of the 57 participating States submitted information to the ODIHR for 2014. Half of participating states either did not report at all or reported zero crimes for their country. “This is simply not acceptable or credible,” the ADL said.

In Austria, anti-Semitism is at its highest levels in years, according to data analyzed by the local Forum Against Anti-Semitism.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz reacted to that news, published this week, by saying “Jewish life must be protected in Austria” and said it was the government’s responsibility. But he offered no concrete plan to address the problem, nor aid to the Jewish community so that it might seek private security to protect itself.

In the UK, a Muslim candidate in the race for mayor of London spoke on April 6 about the rampant anti-Semitism among members of his party. Sadiq Khan said that he knows what it is to suffer “hate crime,” and “unacceptable in 2016 that there is anti-Semitism in the Labour party.” He vowed to remedy the situation, saying “If it means members of my party, senior members … being trained about what anti-Semitism is, then so be it.”

Just four days later, (April 10), two young Orthodox Jewish teens were verbally attacked by a man shouting “Kill the Jews!” and other anti-Semitic epithets at them and yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great! in Arabic) in the northern London Jewish neighborhood of Stamford Hill. The man then went on to approach other Jews in the same manner, until police arrived and arrested him.

In New York, the City University of New York (CUNY) has responded to a series of anti-Semitic incidents on its campuses by asking for recommendations from outside counsel, setting up a “working group” and also a “task force.”

There has been no concrete action taken against the perpetrators nor has a formal action plan involving police been implemented to protect Jewish students on campus.

In Ukraine, more than 100 Jews fled the country and immigrated to Israel this past February due to violence and frequent anti-Semitic attacks. They were assisted by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). One of those who arrived in Israel told reporters he had switched schools three times as a child because of his ethnicity and recalled that his father could not go to university because he had a Jewish surname.

Hana Levi Julian

Catholic Students Taunt Newton Fans ‘You Killed Jesus!’

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

It started with the kids from Newton, Massachusetts who chanted “Where are your girls?” to fans of the Catholic Memorial School basketball team, which came from an all-boys’ school.

The Catholic team was playing against the team from Newton North High School, and fans of the “away” team came back with their own taunt.

“You killed Jesus! You killed Jesus!”

The anti-Semitic chant came just 24 hours after Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley called for Catholics and Jews to build a “civilization of love” together in a speech at Newton’s Temple Emanuel.

The Cardinal was invited to speak to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a proclamation from Pope Paul VI in 1965 that stated the Jews did not bear collective responsibility for the death of Jesus, and which repudiated anti-Semitism.

It is a seminal event about which the students of Catholic Memorial High School would have been expected to learn, if not to mark with their own events in the classrooms.

And yet, “You killed Jesus!” rang forth from the stands not 24 hours later.

Anti-Semitism in the community is still fresh in the minds of residents after the third incident in less than a year took place at the F.A. Day Middle School earlier in the month. “Burn the Jews” was scrawled on the wall of the boys’ bathroom in the school, as it had been last October. In January, a swastika was discovered imprinted in the snow just off school grounds.

Many of the students from Newton are Jewish. The chant was entirely unexpected and shocking, according to the Boston Globe.

The Newton North basketball team was warming up at the time and so did not hear what was happening; they only found out when parents informed their children after the game.

Newton North High students in the stands, however, were silent and angry. So were their shaken parents who grimly confronted school superintendent David Fleishman when he arrived a few minutes later.

Fleishman told the Globe he found the incident “chilling” and in his mind, “incredibly upsetting and troubling.” He added that “they have a lot of work to do at Catholic Memorial.” But also on his agenda will be the Newton students’ use of language about male anatomy and their own offensive behavior.

Wisely, he called the Anti-Defamation League about the incident and planned to discuss the experience with the students at school on Monday. In response, New England regional director Robert Trestan expressed the agency’s interest in working with “both schools to make sure this doesn’t become a lost opportunity. This incident is a reminder that we still have a lot of work to do, and we need to do it together.”

The Archdiocese also said in a statement on Saturday the chant was “unacceptable” and the incident an opportunity for “an important learning experience” for the students. “We stand ready to assist Catholic Memorial in providing the student body with the awareness education that is needed to ensure that there is no recurrence of these actions or attitudes,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Catholic Memorial President Peter F. Folan said in a statement Saturday, “Catholic Memorial School is deeply disturbed the behavior of a group of student spectators who made an unacceptable chant Friday night while playing Newton North High School. Catholic Memorial School believes deeply that intolerance, of any kind, is unacceptable. We apologize for the actions of our students and we will continue to strenuously address this issue within our community.”

However, a Newton resident who was present at the game told the Globe on condition of anonymity that the chant sounded pre-planned. The resident said Catholic Memorial administrators and parents who were at the game did not hurry to try and halt the chanting. The president could have cleared the stands or made an announcement condemning the slur because the game had not yet started, the resident pointed out – but he chose not to.

Hana Levi Julian

Memo to Trump: ADL Info on Hate Groups Coming All Candidates

Monday, February 29th, 2016

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump set off more than a firestorm when he claimed to have “no knowledge about” the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader, David Duke.

He also spurred the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to spring into action with its own campaign to provide informatio to every presidential candidate (including Trump) on hate groups and other extremists.

The trigger for this brouhaha began with last week’s expression of support for “The Donald” by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Dr. David Duke.

Trump disavowed the support on Friday, but in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, seemed to forget the entire affair and also disavowed any knowledge at all about David Duke or the KKK – a stumble that raised a firestorm.

“David Duke is a notorious anti-Semite and racist and his name is synonymous with bigotry,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO. “Duke is a perennial candidate for elected office and perhaps America’s best known racist and anti-Semite. He is a former Imperial Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. His message is racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American to its very core, and he’s clearly exploiting Mr. Trump’s candidacy to get publicity for himself and his hateful ideas.”

ADL’s Center on Extremism monitors and exposes extremists and hate groups.

The group said it is providing for the public at large, including the Trump campaign, information about extremists “so that all candidates can be fully aware of these individuals and have a more complete picture when determining whose endorsements they should accept or reject.”

Greenblatt said the ADL hopes it can prevent white supremacists from using the campaign to “mainstream their bigotry.

“It is imperative for elected leaders and political candidates like Mr. Trump and others in the public eye to disavow haters such as Duke and the other white supremacists who have endorsed his candidacy. By not disavowing their racism and hatred, Trump gives them and their views a degree of legitimacy. Even if it is unintentional on his part, he allows them to feel that they are reaching mainstream America with their message of intolerance.”

Hana Levi Julian

Trump Tripped Up But Not Trapped by KKK ‘Shout Out’

Monday, February 29th, 2016

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump walked straight into a mine field Sunday when he told CNN’s State of the Union interviewer that he didn’t “know anything about” former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

“Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke had said last week on the David Duke Radio Program.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) immediately called on Trump to condemn Duke and the KKK. (The organization also followed up its demand by launching a campaign to educate all the candidates about extremism and hate groups.)

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump whether he was prepared to condemn Duke and the KKK, as the ADL had asked him to do.

Duke meanwhile had also posted a long post supporting Trump on his Facebook page a few days earlier, together with denials of any current connection with the KKK and self-congratulatory, anti-Semitic harangues about being “the most well-known American who reveals the facts of the Jewish tribalist takeover of our media.”

Trump seemed to be caught unawares, and did a backstep.

“Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him,” Trump replied. “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” he said. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”

But after the interview, Trump recalled he had already disavowed Duke and his former racist colleagues at a news conference last Friday – a fact he tweeted after the program.

It’s not even the first time he has done so; Trump also had disavowed Duke in February 2000, according to Politico.

Trump was asked about Duke by reporters at that time and said then that he disavowed him. He responded to a withering storm of criticism following Sunday’s show by sharing a clip of his answer on Twitter.

The exchange precedes Super Tuesday, during which a dozen states, most of which are in the South, are set to go to the polls for primary elections.

Trump meanwhile has picked up two key endorsements, including one from a major player in the South.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump on Sunday at a rally held in his home state of Alabama, saying, “This is not a campaign, this is a movement.” Sessions is the first Senator to endorse Trump.

But he has also already received endorsements over the weekend from Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Paul LePage of Maine, and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

The growing swell of support could be a sign that Republican Party leaders are starting to accept that Trump will likely be their nominee.

“I can guarantee you that the one person that Hillary and Bill Clinton do not want to see on that stage come next September is Donald Trump,” Christie said during his endorsement on Friday.

“They do not know the play book with Donald Trump because… he is rewriting the play book of American politics. He is providing strong leadership that is not dependent upon the status quo.”

Christie said he would lend his support to help Trump from now until the election and then after as well. The remark gives rise to speculation that perhaps he and Trump have discussed a position for Christie in a future Trump administration.

Hana Levi Julian

Analysis: ADL ‘Disturbed’ by Video Depicting Left-Wing NGOs as Foreign Agents, But Aren’t They?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday said it is “deeply disturbed by a video produced by the Israel-based organization Im Tirtzu, which labels leading Israeli human rights activists as ‘foreign moles’ operated by foreign governments.” Not dealing with the right-wing group’s accusation, the ADL condemns its “employing fear tactics to suppress left-leaning Israeli NGOs,” labeling the video “a form of incitement which crosses the line into hate speech.”

The video produced by Im Tirtzu (the name is derived from Herzl’s famous saying, “If you want it, it won’t remain a fable,” which became the unofficial slogan of political Zionism), titled “Foreign Agents revealed,” is about as harsh as an average negative ad in an average American election, and resembles one in its aesthetics. It depicts four members of left-wing Israeli NGOs that rely on foreign countries and organizations—many of which are hostile to Israel—for their funding.

MK Yoav Kish (Likud) is currently sponsoring a bill called the “Plants Law,” based on research showing several left-wing organizations as plants of foreign countries, promoting an anti-Israel agenda. The bill requires these NGOs to report on their activities, and prohibits any unauthorized collaboration with them on the part of the government and the army. Each request for such collaboration must receive a one-time special permission from the Justice Minister. The bill recommends a fine of $25,000 on foreign agent NGOs that fail to comply.

The video argues, in extremely dramatic fashion, that the recent Arab campaign of stabbing, rock and Molotov cocktail throwing and ramming by car of innocent Israeli civilians, is receiving aid and comfort from these NGOs, who defend passionately the civil rights of the attackers. (Only yesterday, one such NGO, Physicians for Human Rights, was successful in getting the Israeli Medical Association to change its rules on terrorist scene triage, commanding doctors to treat Arab murderers and their Jewish victims as equals—and PHR receives upwards of $2 million annually from foreign sources, according to NGO Monitor.)

Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, and Carole Nuriel, acting Director of ADL’s Israel Office, insisted that “Im Tirzu’s highly disturbing video employs fear tactics to accuse Israeli human rights activists and organizations of being culpable in the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism. This is a form of incitement which clearly crosses over into hate speech.” They argued that “Whether one agrees or disagrees with the mission and work of the nongovernmental organizations singled out in the video, accusing them of supporting Palestinian terror in order to delegitimize their activities is outrageous and potentially libelous.”

The problem is that these organizations mentioned in the video do support and legitimize Palestinian terrorism. And they’re doing it with funding from anti-Israeli foreign sources.

The Public Committee Against Torture is responsible for a libelous anti-Israel campaign alleging that Israeli authorities place Palestinian “prisoners in iron cages (including children),” and maintain ongoing “torture-related policies and practices against Palestinian prisoners and detainees.” PCAT co-authored a 2011 report, “Doctoring the Evidence, Abandoning the Victim,” together with Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, claiming to “reveal… significant evidence arousing the suspicion that many doctors ignore the complaints of their patients; that they allow Israel Security Agency interrogators to use torture; approve the use of forbidden interrogation methods and the ill-treatment of helpless detainees; and conceal information, thereby allowing total impunity for the tortures.” The report utilizes unreliable sources, including “testimonies” from individuals convicted or suspected of security offenses and terrorism; presents inconsistent recommendations; erases the context of terrorism in the actions of security forces; and does not provide a lexical, legal, or consistent definition for the key terms “torture” and “ill-treatment.”

PCAT donors include: EU, Human Rights and International Law Secretariat (joint funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands), Dignity (Denmark), Germany, Cordaid (Netherlands), ICCO (Netherlands), Kvinna till Kvina (Sweden), UNDP and others. They net about half a million dollar annually from foreign sources.

JNi.Media

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