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Greenblatt Headed Obama Admin Agency, Soros-Funded Initiative Before ADL

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

There may be more than one reason for the stance of New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Jonathan Greenblatt against former Breitbart News CEO Stephen Bannon than just his deep concern about possible anti-Semitism on behalf of the organization he now leads, according to critics.

The ADL condemned President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as senior adviser and chief strategist in the White House last Tuesday. Greenblatt wrote in a statement that was quoted by The Washington Post, “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’”

Greenblatt later walked back his statement, adding a qualifier that Bannon had not actually been found to have made any anti-Semitic statements “himself.”

But looking at Greenblatt’s resume, Aaron Klein of Breitbart discovered that the issue may be more one of politics rather than principle.

Greenblatt served as Director of the Impact Economy Initiative project at the Aspen Institute, which has been funded by George Soros through his Open Society Institute to the tune of a total of more than half a million dollars.

According to an article in the New Yorker quoted by Breitbart News, a ‘clandestine summit meeting’ held in August 2004 at Aspen by a group of Democrats included Soros and four other billionaires. The group all agreed to use their money to “engineer the defeat of President George W. Bush in the 2004 election.”

It was after that meeting and the defeat of John Kerry in that election that Soros founded the Democracy Alliance, or “DA.” Last week, Soros held a similar three-day meeting in Washington DC (Nov. 13-16) to strategize “resistance” against President-elect Trump in the first 100 days of his nascent administration. The closed door huddle was held at the tony Mandarin Oriental hotel under the auspices of the DA donor club founded by Soros.

Among the participants were House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison, a Muslim lawmaker hand-picked by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer to become Pelosi’s successor. Soros, who only attends meetings occasionally, himself appeared at the conference to speak on Tuesday morning. The meeting was held to build plans for full-fledged warfare against the new administration, using the generous funds provided by the “DA” — the Democracy Alliance.

Greenblatt followed up his tenure with the Soros-funded Aspen Institute, with employment under the Obama administration, where he served as head of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. That position just preceded his joining the Anti-Defamation League.

His CV reflects business experience, and some time in the nonprofit world as well, as the founder of the “All for Good” internet platform that linked volunteers with groups needing help. Greenblatt also lectured at UCLA, teaching social entrepreneurship, according to The Forward.

But it seems his experience in dealing with anti-Semitism and the alt-right was limited to jobs at the other end of the political spectrum.

Meanwhile, despite having walked back his original full-blast condemnation of Bannon, a long article entitled “Stephen Bannon: Five Things to Know” remains on the ADL blog, castigating the president-elect’s new chief strategist.

“Bannon has embraced the alt-right, a loose network of white nationalists and anti-Semites,” the subtitle proclaims.

After a long harangue about Bannon’s alleged numerous conservative sins, the article ends with a section headed by: “We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.” Even here, however, the ADL manages to end the section with a paragraph insisting that Bannon has “essentially has established himself as the chief curator for the alt right.”

This is not to say that the ADL is not serving an important function in the world. It is. Anti-Semitism is indeed, sadly, frighteningly, alive and well in the United States and around the world. The ADL monitors that phenomenon and keeps tabs on what’s happening. In fact, anti-Semitism was alive and happening long before Donald Trump came on the political scene, a fact that has been faithfully documented by the ADL. But from 2014 to 2015, it rose by one percent, from nine to ten percent of those surveyed in the United States.

The ADL’s Global 100 survey on Anti-Semitic Attitudes states that in 2015, there were an estimated 24 million individuals in the United States harboring anti-Semitic attitudes.

Approximately 9 percent of American males and 10 percent of American females, 7 percent of those ages 18-34, 11 percent of those 35-49, and 11 percent of those ages 50 and older were found to have anti-Semitic attitudes. Nine percent of Christians and 9 percent of those who were non-affiliated or atheists were also found to be harboring anti-Semitic attitudes.

To some it would appear that Greenblatt, the Soros crowd and numerous others would like to use that fact to insist that this is due to the appearance of Donald Trump and his unwillingness to spend his time scolding the alt-right, the neo-Nazis, the KKK, the white Supremacists, and all the other scum of the earth that have crawled out from beneath the rocks during this most scurrilous of campaigns in modern history.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t do much of that either, for that matter, but few noticed or mentioned that lapse, and few reprimanded her for calling Trump supporters “deplorables.” Nor was she taken to task when she declined to scold her “popular majority” after they took to the streets to protest the election results, some peacefully and others with violence, creating mayhem all around.

Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama himself has declined to rein in the “protesters,” telling reporters overseas that he “wouldn’t advise them to be silent” because “that’s not how a democracy works.”

The ADL’s attacks on Steve Bannon are harming the ADL’s credibility, and that is a shame when it has important work to do in the fight against real anti-Semites.

Hana Levi Julian

ZOA Head Wants ADL’s Greenblatt to Apologize to Bannon

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released a statement saying “it is painful to see Anti-Defamation League (ADL) president Jonathan Greenblatt engaging in character assassination against President-elect Trump’s appointee Stephen Bannon and Mr. Bannon’s company, Breitbart media. ADL/Greenblatt essentially accused Mr. Bannon and his media company of ‘anti-Semitism’ and Israel hatred, when Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL tweeted that Bannon ‘presided over the premier website of the ‘alt right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and anti-Semites.’”

But Klein insists that, as pro-Israel writer (who happens to be an orthodox Jew) Joel B. Pollak wrote, Mr. Bannon is “an American patriot who defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.”

According to Klein, ZOA’s experience and analysis of Breitbart articles confirm Bannon’s and Breitbart’s “friendship and fair-mindedness towards Israel and the Jewish people. To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of anti-Semitism is Orwellian.” He cites cases in wich Breitbart fought against anti-Semitism:

Bannon joined ZOA in fighting the anti-Semitic rallies at CUNY, a Breitbart reporters called CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo aides urging them to do something about it.

Breitbart regularly publishes articles reporting that the Palestinian Authority defames Israel with blatant falsehoods.  On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported that “the Palestinian Authority’s official TV network has been airing a video several times a day baselessly accusing Israel of poisoning former PA President Yasser Arafat and further claiming that Israel is targeting current President Mahmoud Abbas next.  Arafat died at the age of 75 on November 11, 2004, just outside of Paris. A French forensic team examined his remains and concluded that there were no traces of poison in his body.  Nevertheless, every year around the anniversary of his death, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel murdered him.”

On November 14, 2016 Breitbart reported the human cost and pain to a Jewish student at the New School of finding a swastika scrawled on her dorm room door.

Breitbart publicizes Iran’s violations of the nuclear deal – which pose an existential threat to Israel.  On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported that “despite a finding published by the UN’s atomic energy agency this week that Iran has — for the second time — stockpiled more heavy water than permitted under the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached with six world powers last year, the US State Department is declining to acknowledge this as a violation of the deal.

Breitbart also reports sympathetically on the scourge of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).  On November 2, 2016, Breitbart reported that “reports of anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses have increased, much of it attributed to the rise of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

Klein declared the ZOA is urging “Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL to withdraw and apologize for their inappropriate character assassination of Mr. Bannon and Breitbart Media.”

JNi.Media

Jewish Writer Says Trump’s Appointee, Bannon ‘Doesn’t Have An Anti-Semitic Bone in His Body’

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A writer on the Breitbart News site says that former CEO Stephen K. Bannon — newly-appointed chief strategist and senior adviser to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump — doesn’t have an anti-Semitic bone in his body, despite adamant fears to the contrary by liberal Jewish groups.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish National Democratic Council have both condemned Trump’s appointment of Bannon as his new chief strategist and senior adviser, even while praising the hiring of former GOP national committee chairman Reince Priebus as the new White House Chief of Staff.

“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commends President-elect Trump for appointing Reince Priebus White House Chief of Staff. Priebus has had a long career in politics and public life, and we wish him well in his new role,” wrote Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO.

“At the same time, the ADL strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior adviser and chief strategist in the White House. It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists – is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’

“We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that make our country great,” wrote Greenblatt.

Jewish Democrats in particular are deeply disturbed with Bannon’s appointment.

On Monday, the National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement slamming the appointment, and calling for Bannon to “step down” before even formally taking the post.

“As CEO of Breitbart News, Bannon gave voice to white supremacists and the alt-right. His racism and anti-Semitism have no place in the White House, and he must step down,” the Council said in its statement.

“We fear, however, that Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon is just the first appointment of many individuals who have engaged in, or at least, tolerated anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.

“Our community must not adjust our standards in the face of the unprecedented nature of a Trump administration. Republican leaders like Bill Kristol and John Weaver have expressed their concern. We all have a responsibility to speak out,” the group wrote.

Bannon was once accused of anti-Semitism by his ex-wife during their contentious divorce.

While more recently the accusations began because Bannon gave a great deal of Breitbart website space to alt-right.

It has been argued that he did so, not because he personally is a white nationalist or an anti-Semite, but rather, because the alt-right movement was an effective weapon against the Left. Even if true, it’s a very problematic association and decision to give them a platform.

Though it could be compared to accusations of President Obama of being an anti-Semite, just because he was a friend and member of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s congregation for 20 years, listened to his speeches and even used one of Wright’s sermons as the source for a speech of his own.

A claim of anti-Semitism many would reject.

There are also Jews who personally know Bannon and say that he’s no anti-Semite. One is Joel Pollak, a writer who has worked with him at Breitbart.

Another is Jewish writer David Horowitz, who wrote in an article on the Breitbart News site on Monday, in response to all the outrage: “I have known Steve Bannon for many years. This is a good man. He does not have an anti-Semitic bone in his body.

“In his new position as Chief Strategist in the Trump White House, Bannon is the strongest assurance that people who love this country can have in America’s future, the strongest assurance that America is in the hands of people who will give this country a chance to restore itself and defend itself against its enemies at home and abroad.”

Hana Levi Julian

Police Arrest Brothers Who Harassed Jewish Family in Connecticut Airport

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Police arrested two brothers, residents of Prospect, CT, late Thursday night for shouting anti-Semitic slurs at and threatening a Jewish family at Bradley International Airport, the Hartford Courant reported. According to reports, the head of the family was wearing a yarmulke. The two brothers, Nicholas and Anthony Diorio, 27 and 29 respectively, face charges of intimidation based on bigotry or bias, breach of peace and interfering with police. Both brothers had to post $10,000 bail and will be arraigned Nov. 9 at Superior Court in Enfield.

According to the Courant, airport State police were notified shortly after midnight Thursday about two men who were shouting slurs at and threatening the family, who kept away but took ample photos of the brothers, their car and their car license plate. State police later arrested the brothers in their Prospect home.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday strongly condemned the “verbal assault of a visibly identifiable Jewish traveler at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT,” and applauded the Connecticut State Police for their “swift and appropriate response.”

“We have seen a recent spike in anti-Semitism around the state and country, and this act apparently fueled by bias is an unfortunate reminder that we have significant work still to do to combat anti-Semitism,” said ADL Connecticut Regional Director Steve Ginsburg. “When a victim is chosen because of his or her religion, the impact resonates beyond just the person targeted it can leave the entire community feeling vulnerable. This lack of civility, respect and kindness ignore our country’s shared value of religious diversity. We applaud the Connecticut State Police for their swift action and investigation.”

JNi.Media

Boulder Prep School Students Expelled for Calls to Execute Jews [video]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Five Boulder Prep High School students in Colorado were expelled over their Facebook hate group, where they were calling for the executions of Jews and Blacks, The Daily Camera reported last week. Local media report that Boulder police discovered the Neo-Nazi cell after one of the member had committed suicide “to show allegiance to the Nazi party.” Police is investigating reports of threats and harassment of a student at the high school by the group members.

The chat group was reported by a parent of one of the students. The group’s “second-in-command” told police, “the whole thing was ‘funny,'” assuring them he had no intention to actually do any of those things.

“It was a shock to the community,” Scott Levin of the regional Anti-Defamation League told CS in response to the revelations. “It isn’t as if there is any identifiable group [in Boulder] that is advocating this. There’s a lot of hateful rhetoric going on in this country right now, and that has just empowered some teenagers.”

An estimated 15 students participated in the “4th Reich’s Official Group Chat” on Facebook, according to a Boulder police report, which said members discussed “killing all Jews and N***s,” posted images of guns, and discussed “the final solution” and “white power,” and ways to “recruit more members” to complete their mission. The chat group’s “4th Reich” title is a reference to a successor to Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich. In fact, the chat group’s leader identified himself as “The Fuhrer,” and members adopted Nazi military titles.

One entry went: “You can hang Jews on trees, shoot them right in the knees. Gas as many as you please,” according to the police report.

Lili Adeli, headmaster at Boulder Prep, told Daily Camera the school had addressed the suicide and the Facebook chat’s horrifying language. “We did a lot of work with the students to help ensure their safety and mental health and healing,” she said. “It can bring up their own thoughts of suicide and previous trauma.” This includes checking on students via the phone, including text messages outside of school hours. “We’ve continued to keep the lines of communication open,” she said.

Adeli also stressed that school staff have made it their top priority to educate students on inclusiveness and the importance of speaking out against “derogatory language.”

JNi.Media

US Congressman Johnson Apologizes for Calling Jews ‘Termites,’ Not Other Remarks

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson apologized “multiple times late Monday” after the Washington Free Beacon reported in detail on his vicious comments likening Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to “termites” during a speech to a pro-Palestinian Authority group.

Johnson is a Democratic “superdelegate” who said Israeli Jews steal land from their Arab neighbors in the Palestinian Authority. He was clearly pandering to the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention.

“There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever-increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming,” he said.

A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Johnson has been a supporter of Hillary Clinton throughout the primary season. But he encountered a virtual tidal wave of outrage over his words flooded the media from the Jewish community and elsewhere.

Both the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) tore into the lawmaker as well, evoking an apology via Twitter, with Johnson citing a “poor choice of words.”

In response, Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted back:

Two other users also commented: “So Jewish settlements which take up less than 2% of WB are major obstacle?” and “2% is irrelevant argument. This is the Heartland of Israel, not a bargaining chip for deal making.”

Further on, Johnson tweeted a link to his website showing his “full apology.”

We must work to promote policies that support a two-state solution and encourage trust between both sides,” said Congressman Johnson. The congressman regrets his comments. He did not intend to insult or speak derogatorily of Israelis or the Jewish people. When using the metaphor of termites, the Congressman was referring to the corrosive process, not the people. “Poor choice of words – I meant no offense. The point is settlement activity has slowly and deliberately undermined Palestinian land claims.

The reference to “termites” touched a raw nerve for Jewish voters who remember their history of World War II, and how the European Jewish population was dehumanized by early Nazi references to “vermin.”

One Jewish voter suggested in a blistering response to Johnson’s remarks that perhaps the lawmaker has forgotten history — or is this another way to echo Adolf Hitler’s sentiments?” Sara Z. told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview, “It seems like nothing changes. In the era of ‘Black Lives Matter’ it seems that once again, the Jews are the world’s scapegoats, the disposable ones. Do we never learn from history?”

Hana Levi Julian

Global Forum on Anti-Semitism This Year in Buenos Aires

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

For the first time, the Global Forum on Anti-Semitism (GFCA) traditionally held biennally in Jerusalem is taking place this weekend (July 16-18) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference this year is organized by the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Latin American Jewish Congress, the regional chapter of the World Jewish Congress.

Anti-Semitism is rising around the world, and this year’s conference is focused on creating an action plan to respond to the attacks on an international level.

On Monday forum participants are slated to attend a ceremony marking the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires. The attack was suspected to have been perpetrated by Iran via its Lebanon-based terror proxy Hezbollah. In that attack 85 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured.

“The first GFCA in Latin America presents a unique opportunity to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism in Latin America and develop an action plan that would complement the one drafted at the last GFCA in Jerusalem in June 2015,” the HILC said in a statement.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sent experts to the conference to participate in a panel discussion on best practices in tackling cyberhate – the spread of anti-Semitism online.

ADL resources which have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese are being presented during a session on identifying and opposing cyberhate and community safety online.

“With the advent of various social media platforms, and the volume of pernicious content, no continent is immune to the growing phenomenon of online hate,” warned Jonathan Vick, ADL Assistant Director for Cyberhate Response.

Hana Levi Julian

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