Get ADL Out of Schools

Anti-Defamation League: A Compilation of Information on Its Political Nature

Stuart H. Hurlbert

Professor of Biology Emeritus, San Diego State University

July 20, 2021

INTRODUCTION

The Anti-Defamation League has inserted itself into American politics in variety of ways over the decades primarily in the guise of a non-partisan, civil rights organization. Currently it has been allowed to have great influence nationally on bullying, diversity, equity and inclusivity issues in K-12 education systems in particular. This note does not analyze ADL in depth but only critiques specific sections of the NPFH Handbook and provides excerpts from 59 linked articles about ADL’s politics and activities. These materials should give pause to organizations or institutions, especially public ones, that partner with ADL in any enterprise. Here is a brief sampling of facts illustrated by these articles.

ADL does not represent even the Jewish community as a whole and is regarded with distaste by a large segment of it. That disaffection increased in 2015 when the directorship passed from Abe Foxman to hyper-partisan, radically left Jonathan Greenblatt. ADL has long engaged in smear attacks and hate-mongering against organizations and politicians who push for enforcement of immigration laws and the reduced quotas for legal immigration as long recommended by various national commissions. It continues to do so. ADL opposes the letter and spirit of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the California Constitution; it endorsed the pro-racial preferences Proposition 16 in California last November while that was opposed by 57% of Californians. In a recent Supreme Court case, ADL submitted an amicus brief supporting Harvard’s discrimination against Asian applicants for admission. All of these positions and ADL’s vicious use of smear tactics surely account for some of the anti-semitism in the US. ADL has also recently teamed up with the pro-Proposition 16, anti-1964 Civil Rights Act administration of San Diego State University to deal with putative increases in anti-semitism at SDSU.

THE HANDBOOK

Coordinator Handbook & Resource Guide 2020-2021, No Place for Hate, An ADL Education Program, 56pp. Annotations of selected texts by S. Hurlbert are given within [ ]

p. 9: “One of the most powerful components of No Place for Hate has been helping our community become mindful of microaggressions and how we might commit them.” [Much nonsense has been perpetrated under this label, including the idea that only whites can commit ‘microaggressions.’]

p. 9: “The greatest challenge for any schoolwide effort is always how we reach all members and move toward universal consciousness.” [A candid and presumably unintentional confession of the degree to which NPFH is an indoctrination program. It is one thing to demand good behavior and encourage “fairness, kindness, safety and happiness.” It is quite another to indoctrinate the students in the particular social, political, environmental, etc. beliefs of the ADL and NPFH leadership. Those are not very “universal”!]

p. 11:Schools are expected to notify ADL when any incident of bias, bullying, discrimination or harassment occurs (p. 43) so that together we can promptly address these cases. ADL reserves the right to revoke the No Place for Hate status of any school that fails to adequately address incidents of bias and bullying that may arise. Schools are expected to keep ADL regularly apprised of their progress throughout the year, so their work can be recognized on ADL’s social media channels.” [Big Brother will always be close at hand…]

p. 20: “Although learning how to demonstrate kindness is an important part of a child’s psychological and social development, ADL highly encourages schools to move beyond kindness to social justice. … Social action, defined as “activity on the part of an interested group directed toward some particular institutional change,” generally involves a group of people who work together to bring about institutional change so that society advances, and people experience improved safety, freedom and equity.” [This seems to be the first mention of this term ‘equity’ in the Handbook. Notably, the term is not defined in any of the glossaries given in the back of the handbook. Do not think it simply means ‘fairness.” It is usually used in the sense of ‘group equity’ which is the opposite of ‘equality opportunity for individuals based on individual merit.’ Those who favor the latter stick to the letter and spirit of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Those who favor the former will advocate and try to implement, often covertly, race or sex preferences. If the racial composition of students who qualify for an AP course is not close to that of the student body as a whole, ‘equitarians’ will argue for either relaxing standards or dropping the course. If the racial composition of the faculty does not approximately match that of the student body (or perhaps the general population) ‘equitarians’ will push for use of racial quotas or preferences in teacher hiring. Both ADL and NPFH are fundamentally opposed to the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibits these things. It would be highly unethical to not make the above completely clear to administrators, teachers and students. Is this being done?]

p. 27: “You Are Welcome Here:  Lead a discussion with all students about immigration and refugees using ADL’s curriculum unit “Huddled Mass or Second Class: Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S.” (link below). As an extension to the lesson, ask students why it’s important to learn about the stories of immigrants and refugees in connection with making their school No Place for Hate.” [With this short, inconspicuous paragraph, we are are given entrée into ADL’s materials obsessively promoting mass amnesties for illegal aliens, mass legal immigration, and demonization of all organizations and individuals as “anti-immigrant,” “haters,” “racists,” etc. who oppose such policies. It truly reflects an unhealthy obsession, because NONE of this is needed to assure kind and respectful treatment of immigrant kids by other kids. It is deliberate propaganda. And it is damaging to the kids, not just because of the amount of misinformation and ‘spleen’ fed to them (and their teachers), but because it loads onto their emotional backs all theproblems relating to immigration issues their parents’ and grandparents’ generations have not solved…. and does so starting in primary school! The paragraph links to a horrific ADL webpage, which in turn links to another horrific ADL webpage and on and on ad infinitum. See:

Huddled Mass or Second Class?: Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S.

Mainstreaming Hate: The Anti-Immigrant Movement in the U.S.,

This section on immigration constitutes a major national disgrace given how many school systems have been using the NPFH program and for how many years.

Across the country, the teachers, unions, school boards and administrators responsible need to be investigated and sanctioned. In the meantime, everyone can look at the policies advocated by a few of the key organizations that ADL and other hatemongers, like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), are constantly labeling as “anti-immigrant,” “racist,” “white nationalist,” “white supremacist,” etc. Try: Federation for American Immigration Reform, Californians for Population Stabilization, Scientists and Environmentalists for Population Stabilization, Center for Immigration Studies, NumbersUSA, and Progressives for Immigration Reform.

p. 32-33: “The Pyramid of Hate Activity: The Pyramid of Hate is a useful tool to help understand how words, jokes and stereotypes can escalate to more systemic incidents of bias, discrimination and oppression. … The Pyramid shows biased behaviors, growing in complexity from the bottom to the top. Although the behaviors at each level may only negatively impact individuals and groups, as one moves up the Pyramid, the behaviors have more life- threatening consequences. Like a pyramid, the upper levels are supported by the lower levels. … A primary function of the Pyramid of Hate is to provide an impetus for challenging all manifestations of bias and discrimination by motivating action in response to behaviors many see as subtle or insignificant.”

p.34: “The Pyramid of Hate illustrates the prevalence of bias, hate and oppression in our society. It is organized in escalating levels of attitudes and behavior that grow in complexity from bottom to top. Like a pyramid, the upper levels are supported by the lower levels. Bias at each level negatively impacts individuals, institutions and society and it becomes increasingly difficult to challenge and dismantle as behaviors escalate.”

[There we go again – “Hate” one of ADL’s favorite and over-used nouns. Note the implied meaning of the figure below: “Criminal justice disparities, Inequitable school resource distribution, Housing segregation, Inequitable employment opportunities, Wage disparities, Voter restrictions and suppression, Unequal media representation” are all assumed to result from or reflect “Systemic Discrimination,” i.e. systemic racism. No wonder so many of the incognoscenti say systemic racism is everywhere! Great idea to teach to kids! Stop disciplining kids in different racial groups at different rates, or “genocide” may be coming to your town! – S.Hurlbert]

p. 41: “ADL Education Training Programs: ADL Education provides high-quality educational programs and curriculum resources to assist school communities in combating bias, bullying and bigotry. Please contact noplaceforhate@adl.org to learn more about how the following training programs for educators, administrators, students and family members can supplement your No Place for Hate® goals.” [Unfortunately there seems to be no non-ADL officer to whom one can send complaints about “bias” or hate-mongering in ADL or NPFH materials or websites.]

p. 50: “INEQUALITY[means] An unfair situation when some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people.” [Simply incorrect. Most “inequalities” are not a result of unfair treatment or oppression.]

p. 51: “DIVERSITY means different or varied.” [simply incorrect]

p. 51: “DISCRIMINATION” [definition given applies only to “unjust discrimination.”]

p. 52: “RACISM[means] The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.” [a not widely accepted, politicized definition]

THE ARTICLES – from oldest to most recent; direct quotes from articles are given in [ ]

Jewish Involvement in Shaping American Immigration Policy, 1881-1965: A Historical Review, Kevin MacDonald, Population and Environment, March 1998 [“This paper discusses Jewish involvement in shaping United States immigration policy. In addition to a periodic interest in fostering the immigration of co-religionists as a result of anti-Semitic movements, Jews have an interest in opposing the establishment of ethnically and culturally homogeneous societies in which they reside as minorities. Jews have been at the forefront in supporting movements aimed at altering the ethnic status quo in the United States in favor of immigration of non-European peoples. These activities have involved leadership in Congress, organizing and funding anti-restrictionist groups composed of Jews and gentiles, and originating intellectual movements opposed to evolutionary and biological perspectives in the social sciences.”]

Pandering by the ADL, Stephen Steinlight, Center for Immigration Studies, May 15, 2009 [“Whatever expletives others have used to characterize its action, what the ADL has done isn’t an aberration. It flows from deeply rooted predilections: unconditional commitment to open-borders immigration and its mission as a professional “tolerance promoter” to promote tolerance even for the least tolerant (with some exceptions, of course). When this American Jew was being defamed by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) using inaccurate, scurrilous, politically motivated “research” provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claiming I’m a “white supremacist” seeking to “penetrate” the Jewish community (they smeared me because they disagree with me on immigration policy), I didn’t find an ally in the ADL. Rather, having done no research of its own and having made no effort to contact me to ascertain my views, the ADL backed my accusers. Interviewed in the JTA article about HIAS’s McCarthyism, Deborah Lauter, ADL’s civil rights director, said “the community should be ‘wary’ of Steinlight.” The revealing little drama summarizes the ADL in 2009: be wary of opponents on immigration policy but protective of Islam!”]

Why the ADL Became a Partisan Mouthpiece, Joel Sprayregen, American Thinker, November 29, 2009

[“The realization that political debate in a free society is often raucous accompanied my journey from work as an ACLU staff attorney to becoming National Vice-Chair of the then-respected Anti-Defamation League. This journey was inspired in significant part by “refuseniks” — met during an ACLU “mission” to the USSR — who were consigned to the Gulag because there was no First Amendment to protect them. You can thus understand the consternation, and not just mine, which greeted the ADL’s hyped “Report” declaring that “rage” expressed against President Obama is un-American. These tidbits reveal the flavor of ADL’s declaration: “Since the election of Barack Obama, a current of anti-government hostility has swept across the U.S. (creating) a climate of toxic rage (characterized by) shared belief that Obama poses a threat to the future of the U.S. (with) an intense strain of anti-government distrust and anger.” ADL’s perfervidly purple prose belies an abysmal ignorance of American political traditions. Thomas Jefferson — savaged by the press in his day — believed that the purpose of the press (which he said was more important than government)  is to express distrust of officialdom. … More fundamentally, the ADL misses the significance of supine pro-Obama bias in most of the media, who clearly felt that shiver running up their legs. Dan Rather insisted on his right to smear Bush with false documents! The ADL is not troubled by the partisanship of MS-NBC. It is scandalous, for example, that the press has not uncovered what Obama wrote and read while in law school and college, and that they have minimized the influence of Obama’s (“G-d damn America”) rageful pastor. The failure of mainline media to scrutinize Obama and his mentors — which truly is unprecedented (one of Obama’s favorite words when describing his own policies) in American history — incentivizes many who love this country to sound off. … Sadly, there are explanations more embarrassing than ignorance of history (steeped in supercilious New York political bias) to explain why the ADL stumbled so egregiously. As observed by many, including myself, who have left the organization, the ADL has declined into an autocracy where no opinion counts other than that of its long-time National Director, Abraham Foxman, whom the New York Times described as “a one-man Sanhedrin for life.” When Foxman hatches a crackpot idea like the “Rage Report,” no one can restrain him.””]

ADL Wrong on Islamic Attack at the Boston Marathon, Moshe Phillips, Israel National News, April 25, 2013 [“If you want to know what grassroots Jews are thinking about the international Islamic terror, Israel issues, U.S. politics and more, please don’t look to the self-appointed leaders of the Jewish Establishment. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) seemed to want to do everything possible to direct attention away from the possibility that the Boston Marathon attack was the work of Islamic terrorists when it issued an April 15 statement on the attacks. ADL head Abe Foxman stated: “This apparent terrorist attack comes during a week when we are already on heightened alert because of the history of extremist-related events that have taken place during the week of April 20th, including the Oklahoma City bombing and the federal raid of the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas.” … With the news that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were responsible for the attack, the ADL has yet once again proved that it has long outlasted its effectiveness or should revamp its leadership’s thinking. … And one of the most remarkable responses by an American Jew to the excesses of the ADL came from another Jewish guest host, Boston’s late Dean Barrett, and in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack it seems highly appropriate to recall him and his words. … Barnett guest-hosted for California-based Salem Radio Network host Hugh Hewitt on April 30, 2008. Let’s recall the point he made during the conversation he had with an African-American caller: The caller explained that Rev. Jeremiah Wright and other so-called leaders of the African-American [community] do not speak for him and that no one elected these leaders. Barnett responded to the caller by stating something to the effect that he sympathized with the caller and understood completely. Barnett said that, as a Jew, he often feels the same exact way when he sees the partisan statements of the Anti-Defamation League. There – someone had finally said what so desperately needed to be said about the American Jewish community: The ADL does not speak in our name.”]

What Will ADL’s Priorities Be in a Post-Foxman Era?, Jacob Kaaras, Jewish News Service, November 17, 2014 [“What message is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sending to the Jewish community through its recent selection of White House aide and social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed longtime National Director Abraham Foxman? While some are praising ADL for thinking outside the box with its hire and trying to appeal to a younger demographic, others are concerned that Greenblatt is too visibly partisan and that his past experience may signal ADL’s de-emphasis of the fight against anti-Semitism in favor of civil rights work. … “ADL used Jewish donations to push for such things as immigration reform, gay marriage, and women’s rights, seemingly uncomfortable with focusing ADL’s work primarily on fighting to protect Jewish interests, even in these daunting times,” Jacobs told JNS.org. Echoing that sentiment is Chicago-based attorney Joel J. Sprayregen, a former national vice-chair of ADL who ended his involvement with the organization about a decade ago. “The ADL has been a great champion for civil rights over the years, but of course it’s a defender of the Jewish people, and I think they’ve blurred that mission in recent years, getting involved with things like bullying which are not part of an essential civil rights or Jewish mission,” Sprayregen told JNS.org.With the hiring of Greenblatt, Foxman and ADL “have doubled down on this tragic abandonment of Jewish interests in favor of an ill-defined universalism,” said Jacobs.”]

Mugged by reality, a new ADL might well emerge, Charles Jacobs, The Jewish Advocate, December 12, 2014 [“In an interview, I noted that Greenblatt’s profile as a progressive Democrat, especially one who holds a position in the Obama Administration, signaled that ADL would continue, even double down, on what many of us have been calling a disastrously failed policy of abandoning Jewish interests in favor of some vague universalism. As the left/Muslim alliance is driving the Jews out of Europe, and is now surging on our campuses, American Jewry’s most powerful defense agency has no strategy to deal with these real threats. Instead, ADL advocates for the Democratic Party’s agenda items – women’s and gay rights, immigration, voter ID laws, etc. ADL even fights “Islamophobia,” a bogus concept whose intent and effect is to block any criticism of Islamic culture, behavior or belief. Appointing a progressive like Greenblatt, I thought, would ensure that ADL’s vast resources will continue to be diverted away from real efforts to protect Jewish interests and Jewish lives.”]

My ADL Problem: What exactly is the famed organization fighting, and whom is it fighting for?, Jonathan Bronitsky, Tablet Magazine, July 13, 2015 [“First, I hope this essay persuades the ADL, which is heavily invested in antibullying (e.g., “No Place For Hate” campaign), to consider that it itself has become a bully to conservatives who remain in its ranks. Shutting out right-leaning individuals through crowd intimidation and derision weakens coalitions, which are vital in advocacy work. This behavior also diminishes the organization’s values, which will turn stale and trite when left unchallenged. Secondly, I want the ADL to revisit and clarify its mission. “The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency,” asserts that it “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry”; not just “all forms of bigotry,” but “anti-Semitism” and then “all forms of bigotry.” Yet as murderous anti-Semitism around the globe has surged in recent years, the ADL has dedicated itself more and more to matters of social justice in America (e.g., immigration, women’s reproductive health, economic “privilege”) that are already being pursued by a plethora of lobbying outlets and activist foundations. … Is combatting anti-Semitism a “priority” for the ADL? If so, then the organization should put its money where its mouth is. Alas, this outcome seems ever more unlikely as it seeks to enforce group conformity and advance political agendas that have nothing to do with defending the Jewish people.”]

CANDIDLY SPEAKING: Has the ADL lost the plot?, Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post, August 16, 2016 [“But more recently, Greenblatt appears to have entirely lost the plot, behaving as though he remained employed by the Obama administration. He was entirely out of line in his condemnation of the Republican platform as “anti-Zionist” for omitting reference to a two-state solution. One can disagree about a two-state policy, but for an American Jewish organization which must remain bipartisan and should be concentrating on anti-Semitism, to issue such a statement breaches all conventions. It is totally beyond the ADL’s mandate to involve itself in such partisan political issues. … But the final straw is Greenblatt’s deepening association with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. … If the CEO of the ADL continues engaging in such partisan politics and refuses to prioritize his organization’s principal resources toward fighting anti-Semitism, he should step down.”]

Jonathan Green­blatt is destroying the Anti-Defamation League, Alex VanNess, New York Post, December 9, 2016 [“In Israel last week, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Green­blatt told legislators that anti-Semitism in America is now comparable to that of 1930s Germany. Yes, his fearmongering went that far: “Anti-Semitism has wound its way into mainstream conversations in a manner that many Jews who lived through Nazi Germany find terrifying.” He then laid blame for this resurgence almost exclusively at the hands of the political right and supporters of President-elect Donald Trump. This is merely the latest Greenblatt departure from the ADL’s nonpartisan tradition.”]

The Anti-Defamation League Has Betrayed Its Cause, Ran Baratz, DailyWire, July 12, 2017 [“In truth, one has to admit that the problem is more fundamental than political or organizational connections between the ADL and the radical left. The crux of the issue lies in the ideological radicalization of the left, a process Greenblatt epitomizes. This is expressed by the promotion of progressive doctrines such as “intersectionality” by Greenblatt and the ADL itself, apparently without realizing that lurking under those terms are hateful, divisive and oppressive agendas, which are entirely detrimental to the original cause of the ADL. … Greenblatt may not realize it, but he is riding an anti-Semitic tiger. …  As the left keeps progressing into oppressive and illiberal domains, the ADL follows suit and is currently less worried about antisemitism per se.”]

New ADL Guide Blasts Right-Wing Anti-Semites, Gives Left-Leaning Bigots a Pass, Liel Leibovitz, Tablet Magazine, July 19, 2017 [“Yesterday, the ADL issued a guide to help us errant Jews understand who are our true haters. It is titled “From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate,” and it profiles 36 (double chai!) prominent individuals who are either known for their anti-Semitism or known for cozying up to people known for their anti-Semitism. As long, of course, as they’re on the right. … It’s a shame. As Jews face real hate from left and right alike, we need and deserve an organization that places principles over politics.”]

The Anti-Defamation League’s Sad Slide Into Just Another Left-Wing Pressure Group, Bethany Mandel, The Federalist, July 28, 2017 [“The former [ADL] staffer, who worked directly with former ADL head Abe Foxman, told me, “The ADL has lost its identity… I can only imagine how sad Abe must be. He dedicated his entire life to try to help Jewish people feel they had someone who had their back. And then less than five years after he leaves, his life’s work is in ashes… [Greenblatt] wants the ADL to basically be a Jewish-lite organization that gets involved in fights it has no place being in, like Hispanic hate crime. It’s not their lane. It’s bad, but not anti-Semitic. … What the world desperately needs instead, but is rapidly losing, is a respected and nonpartisan global monitor of anti-Semitism.”]

The Shame of the Anti-Defamation League: How its new executive director is betraying the organization’s purpose, Seth Mandel, Commentary magazine, November 2018 [“Like every organization, the ADL had its blind spots, but it never had an obstructed view of its own raison d’être—until the summer of 2015. That was when Jonathan Greenblatt succeeded longtime ADL director Abe Foxman. Greenblatt is a man of the left in the purest sense, and one who holds partisan politics paramount. In the years leading up to his hire, the American left’s relationship with world Jewry had begun a steady decline. This decline was exploited and exacerbated by President Barack Obama—for whose administration Greenblatt worked before taking over the ADL. It is unclear whether the ADL’s reputation can survive Greenblatt’s stewardship.”]

ADL Mourns Deaths of Hamas Terrorists as “Horrific Tragedy”, Matzav.com, May 23, 2018 [“It’s painfully shocking that Anti-Defamation League (ADL) head Jonathan Greenblatt recently wrote on ADL’s website: “it is a horrific tragedy that so many people have been killed and wounded at the Gaza border.” (“ADL Statement on Violence at Israel-Gaza Border,” May 15, 2018.)  This broad statement was not limited to the tiny minority who were not members of a terrorist group.  (And even that small minority joined the violent riots whose goal was to breach Israel’s border fence to descend upon nearby Jewish communities, schools, and day care centers – and all of Israel – to murder innocent Jews.)  Thus, we must ask, how is the death of mostly Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists a “horrific tragedy?”  In fact, the deaths of these terrorists prevented a real “horrific tragedy” –  the murder of thousands of innocent Jews who would have been slain if Hamas’ violent rioters had succeeded. Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil and PIJ have admitted that 85% of the recent Gaza fatalities (50 Hamas plus 3 PIJ, out of 62 total) were their own terrorist operatives. … Such sympathetic proclamations only encourage more Hamas terror against Jews.  Such proclamations also encourage the media to distort the truth of the Hamas war against the Jewish State.”]

The ADL Chooses Anti-Trump over Anti-Semitism: How a Democratic operative led the venerable hate-monitoring group off a partisan cliff, Jonathan Tobin, National Review, July 17, 2018 [“The moment President Trump concluded his announcement of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to he U.S. Supreme Court, the Anti-Defamation League fired off a tweet. In it, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tore into Kavanaugh as lacking the “independence and fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on the nation’s highest court.” The tweet teased a press release that obliquely demanded that the Senate reject the nomination. The timing made it clear that there would be no questions or deliberative process before the venerable group, which for more than century has played the role of both defender of the Jewish community against anti-Semitism and monitor of hate crimes, made up its mind about Kavanaugh. … It is no surprise that many liberal groups — including some that are all-in on what some on the left are treating as an apocalyptic fight for the future of the High Court — are reflexively opposed to anyone Trump may nominate. But the ADL’s presence in the ranks of those who are supplying the organizational muscle for the resistance to Trump might come as a surprise to those who haven’t been paying much attention to the group in recent years. Though it spent its first century of existence being careful to avoid getting labeled as a partisan outfit, in the three years since the ADL’s longtime national director Abe Foxman retired, Greenblatt has steadily pushed the group farther to the left and, in so doing, more or less destroyed its reputation as being above politics. After the ADL has repeatedly involved itself in partisan controversies, it is impossible to pretend that Greenblatt’s vision of the group isn’t fundamentally that of a Democratic-party auxiliary that is increasingly overshadowing and marginalizing its still-vital role as the nation’s guardian against anti-Semitism.”]

Is Brett Kavanaugh Bad for the Jews?: The Anti-Defamation League loses sight of its mission and turns toward Democratic partisanship, Liel Leibovitz, Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2018 [“When the Anti-Defamation League was established in 1913, its mission was clear: “To stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people.” The ADL’s credo has changed a bit since—it now aspires to an “ever-more just society”—but it still presents itself as the nation’s primary watchdog against anti-Semitism. With nearly 2,000 hate crimes against Jews last year, the most in more than two decades, the group could—sadly—still have its hands full with the challenges of its original mission. Which is why it was so dismaying to see the ADL release a statement denouncing Judge Brett Kavanaugh minutes after President Trump announced his nomination to the Supreme Court. The ADL complained of Judge Kavanaugh’s “demonstrated hostility to reproductive freedom” and worried that his “judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation’s highest court.” Why would a group dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism engage in this sort of partisan warfare? … By focusing increasingly on the battles of the Democratic Party, and by weighing in on matters far removed from its traditional mandate, the ADL is leaving American Jews behind. “]

Don’t believe the ADL; we are secure in America, Rabbi Bruce Warshal, Jewish Journal, November 2, 2018 [“Immediately after the horrible massacre at the Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) synagogue in Pittsburgh, the television was surfeited with “experts” on the rising anti-Semitism in America. Among them was the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jonathon Greenblatt, quoting its 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, published this past May. The headline blared that anti-Jewish incidents rose 57% in 2017, “the largest single-year increase on record.” It attributed the major part of this increase to anti-Semitic acts on college campuses. Let me share with you an analysis of this ADL report that I published when it was issued. The Audit received front-page coverage in newspapers and prominent coverage in magazines and other media. At the same time, studies by Brandeis University and Stanford University found just the opposite. The Forward wrote, “Both of these studies seem to support the conclusion that campus anti-Semitism is a negligible phenomenon,” but they were drowned out by the ADL megaphone. Whom should we believe? My answer: Brandeis and Stanford. Further, never, ever, believe ADL statistics. Benjamin Disraeli said that there are three kinds of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics. ADL has perfected the third kind.”]

New ADL Study Details How Extreme Anti-Immigrant Hate Has Been Thrust Into the Mainstream

New report profiles people, efforts that brought anti-immigrant views to fore over past decade., Press Release, ADL Website, November 29, 2018 [“Meanwhile, white supremacist groups and other extremists, who share certain beliefs with those groups and often feed off of their rhetoric, have used anti-immigrant rhetoric to stir anti-Semitism by blaming Jews for encouraging non-white immigration to this country. These conspiracy theories can lead to deadly repercussions, the report says, pointing to the recent attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue by Robert Bowers, who had been exposed to these conspiracy theories and allegedly cited them shortly before carrying out his attack. … To prevent extreme anti-immigrant ideas from taking hold, ADL urged elected officials and other leaders to forcefully denounce hatred and bigotry. Additionally, the report called on members of Congress to stop inviting known anti-immigrant groups to testify in hearings and forums. … ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization.”]

Mainstreaming Hate: The Anti-Immigrant Movement in the U.S., ADL Website, November 2018 [“Anti-immigrant fervor, once relegated to more extreme quarters, has been increasingly mainstreamed over the last ten years. Over the last two years, with the advent of a new administration focused on much stricter immigration policies and complementary executive actions, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment has made life substantially more difficult for all immigrants. Anti-immigrant groups like FAIR (Federation for Immigration Reform) and CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) have successfully moved the Overton Window – or the boundaries of what’s considered acceptable within political action and public discourse. These groups’ ideologies have been brought into the mainstream by policymakers who appear to agree with their rhetoric, and who have sought to institute harsh anti-immigrant laws nationwide. … Anti-immigrant groups’ bigotry has also been normalized by the media, which provides a context-free platform for anti-immigrant spokespeople and their talking points. … Before the extreme ideas of the anti-immigrant movement fully take root, the government, media and general public must take intentional steps to remove this ideology from tolerable discourse in America’s pluralistic society.”] 

Recent ADL Report a Thinly-Veiled Effort to Control What the Public Hears on Immigration, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), PRNewswire.com, December 6, 2018 [“A recent report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), titled “Mainstreaming Hate: The Anti-Immigrant Movement in the U.S.” is a flawed, ludicrous analysis based on a complete misunderstanding of public concern about immigration policy. It blatantly demands that all general public discussion about immigration be censored unless it comports with the ADL’s approved content. It is a thinly-veiled effort to control what views the public hears and what information and ideas are appropriate for public consideration. At its core, says Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the report has a flawed premise:  That responsible organizations like FAIR have only achieved credibility of late, and that this must be stopped at all costs. “In fact,” says Dan Stein, president of FAIR, “our voice has been a major part of the national discussion since the late 1970s. Our views are the mainstream views of the American people, and our legitimacy is based on years of responsible, professional, competent advocacy and reason.”  For four decades, FAIR has been a leading voice for responsible immigration policies. “The ADL suddenly posits that free discussion of the need for immigration limits is likely to lead to all sorts of bad things. In fact, it’s the failure of our national leadership on the issue that is causing mounting public frustration,” says Stein. “The ADL report reflects the highly politicized views of Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s director. Greenblatt, like many former Obama operatives, has continued to press his former boss’s mass immigration agenda through lavishly funded NGOs.”]

The ADL Took $1.75 Million from a Funder of Alt-Left Anti-Semitism, Now It’s Ignoring Alt-Left Hate,  Daniel Greenfield, FrontPageMag.com, January 18, 2019 [“On February 2017, Juan Thompson, a former reporter for the alt-left hate site, The Intercept, phoned in a bomb threat to the ADL. The phone threat targeting the ADL’s headquarters was one of a number of threats that the disgraced activist and journalist had made to a variety of Jewish organizations. On November 2017, the ADL tweeted its gratitude to the Omidyar Network, the foundation behind The Intercept for donating $250,000 in seed money to set up a Silicon Valley center for fighting online hate. … Omidyar’s money set up the Center on Technology and Society, using the ADL brand to provide cover for a deeply disturbing program for potentially automating online censorship. And the board of tech experts named by the ADL’s Greenblatt includes at least one figure with anti-Semitic connections. The Center on Technology and Society is supposed to provide guidelines to online companies for cracking down on hate. And yet the board of tech experts includes Eli Pariser, the board president of MoveOn and a co-founder of Avaaz, radical left-wing groups with their own histories of anti-Semitism.” … As online hate by the alt-left continues to grow, the ADL has not only failed to fight it, it ignored it and minimized it while making common cause with the funders and leaders of the anti-Semitic alt-left.”]

The Anti-Defamation League Is Not What It Seems, Emmaia Gelman, Boston Review, May 23, 2019 [“Under the guise of fighting hate speech, the ADL has a long history of wielding its moral authority to attack Arabs, blacks, and queers. … At a time when it should be easier to see the ADL as a conservative knowledge production agency, a resurgence of concern with “hate” has only consolidated its power.”]

ADL San Diego Designates 76 No Place for Hate Schools for 2019-20 School Year, Press Release, San Diego County Office of Education, June 3, 2020 [“​Despite pandemic-related shutdowns, this is the largest number of designations ADL SD has ever awarded to local K-12 schools in thirty years. No Place for Hate is an ADL partnership program that supports K-12 schools to maintain a climate where students of all identities feel safe, respected and have a sense of belonging. … Kelly Pallitto, Spring Valley Academy: “There is so much hate, and yet so much coming together right now. This moment in history is perfect for teaching about our human strengths when we put adversity aside and work together.””]

CAIR Joins 100+ Rights Groups in Denouncing ADL’s Pattern of Suppressing Justice Movements, Calls on Allies to Stop Working with ADL, Council on American-Islamic Relations Press Release, August 12, 2020 [“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined a broad coalition of more than 100 civil rights and human rights advocacy organizations in denouncing the Anti-Defamation League’s “history and ongoing pattern of attacking social justice movements,” particularly those led by “immigrants, Muslims, Arabs, and other marginalized groups, while aligning itself with police, right-wing leaders, and perpetrators of state violence.” The coalition also called on community organizations, advocacy groups and social justice workers to reconsider their working relationships with the ADL.”]

How the ADL’s Israel Advocacy Undermines Its Civil Rights Work, Jacob Hutt & Alex Kane, Jewish Currents, February 8, 2021 [“IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, a handful of senior Anti-Defamation League (ADL) staff members and executives in New York and Washington, DC joined a conference call to discuss a sensitive topic: the organization’s position on what would come to be known as the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act. The bill would amend federal civil rights law to employ a controversial definition of antisemitism, which included “delegitimiz[ing]” Israel, blaming Israel for “all . . . political tensions,” and, in the case of international organizations, “focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations.” … Foxman retired in 2015, and Jonathan Greenblatt’s takeover of the ADL that summer was heralded by ADL supporters and segments of the Jewish press as an exciting shift, a chance for the organization to enhance its stated role as a Jewish civil rights organization. Greenblatt had previously worked as an aide to the Obama White House in its Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and before that had co-founded Ethos Water, a bottled water company eventually bought by Starbucks. Though he was not well known in the mainstream Jewish community at the time, the Jewish press painted him as a social entrepreneur who could attract young Jews. Greenblatt, The Forward reported in 2014, was “different in age, background, experience and politics from its outgoing iconic leader” and “embodie[d] the ADL’s wish to open a new era in which young American Jews, currently turned off by the idea of joining membership organizations, will flock back home.” … “Abe Foxman, love him or hate him, you knew where he stood,” said the former member of the ADL’s Civil Rights Division. “I don’t think Jonathan has personal beliefs.” Greenblatt’s squishy politics, critics say, have made room for donors and other influential voices at the ADL to shape the organization’s approach to the vexed Israel/Palestine debate in the US.“]

Orthodox Rabbis Defend Tucker Carlson From Charges of Anti-Semitism by Anti-Defamation League, Aila Slisco, Newsweek, April 14, 2021 [“The Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents over 1,500 traditional, observant rabbis in American public policy, is distressed by grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism made by your organization,” the group wrote to Greenblatt. “Your recent attack on Tucker Carlson of Fox News, calling it ‘white supremacist’ to question whether particular policy choices enable illegal immigrants to nullify the votes of American citizens, is merely one example.”]

Anti-Defamation League (ADL), InfluenceWatch, Capital Research Center, 2019? [“Since 2015, under the leadership of liberal former Obama administration staffer Jonathan Greenblatt, the organization has been sharply criticized for acting more as a left-leaning pressure group than a non-partisan anti-Semitism watchdog…. In this vein, the ADL has faced criticisms that it applies a double standard in its analysis of anti-Semitism, by focusing its efforts against political conservatives It has also been criticized for aligning with left-leaning groups such as the Black Lives Matter movement, whose membership has espoused anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric. The ADL has taken a number of partisan political positions that conservatives argue misuse the organization’s nonpartisan watchdog history and inappropriately place the organization at odds with politically conservative American Jews.”]

Programs, Events in Support of the Jewish Community Planned for Fall, SDSU News Team, San Diego State University, March 30, 2021 [“A Presidential Task Force on Addressing Antisemitism, along with new events and programs, will launch at San Diego State University in response to regional and national instances of antisemitism and bias targeting members of the Jewish community. Beginning in fall 2021, these and other initiatives will be launched through a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in San Diego and Hillel to offer interventions that address antisemitism while also supporting Jewish inclusion at SDSU and elsewhere. … The ADL, which tracks extremism, confronts discrimination, and promotes refectful [sic] schools and communities, will work with SDSU’s Center for Inclusive Excellence. The partnership will lead to the development of a professional learning community for faculty and staff on recognizing and responding to antisemitism, bias and hate in the classroom and also in co-curricular spaces. … Members of the Presidential Task Force on Addressing Antisemitism, which will be formed later in the year, will create a recommended protocol for how universities can better react to incidents of antisemitism, hate and bias toward members of the Jewish community.”]

APT takes action where Jewish leadership has lost its way, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, August 13, 2019 [“The recent surge of hostility toward the American Jewish community is becoming harder to deny. More necessary than ever is a competent Jewish leadership, one which understands the threats we face and has a vision to guide and protect the community. This does not exist today. … America has been a haven for Jews for hundreds of years. Discrimination existed but it faded. And it came without pogroms. Our situation was manageable. Jews thrived in a society based on meritocracy. … Understandably, Jews thought they had built themselves a safe space in America: The Holocaust made antisemitism taboo. The unique American patchwork society made Jews just one more minority among all the others. The left saw the Jews as a special people because of their history of horrific persecution. Their passion for justice for all, especially for the historically marginalized or oppressed groups like African Americans, women, and immigrants, gave Jews star status on the liberal side of America’s house. The ground started to shift with the radicalization of those historically marginalized communities. Over the last few decades, the progressive movement, in the name of social justice and equality, slowly shifted the ground under America’s feet. It propounded — through media, political, and academic institutions — a new and toxic view of America, one that is rebranding the Jews as un-virtuous. … [Establishment Jewish leaders] failed to understand the nature and the inevitable animus towards Jews that lies at the heart of identity politics. They glimpse only now that “intersectionality” casts Jews as privileged wealthy “whites,” and supporters of the racist colonial Jewish state that persecutes “people of color.” They forgot the lessons of Jewish history. They seem unfamiliar with the historical experience of how politics is organized against Jews.”]

ADL, Antifa and Koch: Toxic anti-Trump league, Michelle Malkin, Palm Beach Post, October 4, 2019 [“The Anti-Defamation League is a joke. Once a respected civil rights organization dedicated to fighting extremism and hate against Jews, the ADL lies in bed with violent Antifa extremists and perpetuates hate against political opponents. The “progressive” group is now a brazenly partisan character assassination outfit headed by Jonathan Greenblatt, a Clinton/Obama operative and former George Soros-funded operative, whose contempt for President Donald Trump trumps all. The ADL also partners with the corporate cheap-labor lobby funded by Trump-hating billionaire Republican Charles Koch to stifle patriotic critics of open borders. In June, the Charles Koch Institute joined left-wing Silicon Valley companies and ADL’s speech police to exploit the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a means of demonizing all Trump supporters and nationalist activists while giving cover to Antifa online.”]

ADL San Diego Designates 76 No Place for Hate Schools for 2019-20 School Year, San Diego County Office of Education, June 3, 2020 [“ADL (Anti-Defamation League) San Diego announced that 76 schools have earned their No Place for Hate designation for the 2019-20 school year. Despite the challenges of distance learning as the academic year draws to a close, many San Diego County schools remained committed to completing the year-long program. In fact, a number of participating campuses utilized ADL’s digital lesson plans to help students expand their understanding of how the Coronavirus pandemic has contributed to increasing racism against people of Asian descent, and what students can do to fight such bigotry. … Visit the ADL San Diego website for a full list of San Diego County’s 2019-2020 Designated No Place for Hate schools. No Place for Hate is an organizing framework and ADL partnership program for K-12 schools committed to creating sustainable change that leads to improved school climate. Participating schools incorporate ADL’s anti-bias and anti-bullying resources with their existing programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong. Over 1,800 schools across the country participate in No Place for Hate annually.”]

Black Lives Matter and the Jews (10min video), Americans for Peace and Tolerance, 2020[“We are witnessing the demise of a liberal culture, and its replacement by a radical and hostile culture. This emerging movement claims to advance fairness, justice, and righting historical wrongs; but its actions are doing the opposite. Sadly, it’s hard for Jews not to be fooled by good intentions. America’s Jews, who have been in the forefront of the struggles for black civil rights, now face a serious dilemma. While the slogan “Black Lives Matter” is a justified plea for equal treatment and a passionate commitment to the well-being of our black fellow Americans, significant elements within the Black Lives Matter leadership pose a threat to the Jewish community.”]

ADL Files First Circuit Amicus Brief in Support of Harvard College’s Admissions Policies, Fried Frank, News Relase, May 21, 2020 [“Fried Frank served as counsel to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in its filing of an amicus brief urging the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to uphold Harvard College’s admissions policies. The amicus brief draws on ADL’s experience in a variety of education-related settings to demonstrate that exposure to a diverse academic community serves critical societal needs. The ADL’s amicus brief supports Harvard’s argument that the university has a compelling interest in pursuing the benefits of student body diversity, and rejects the Students for Fair Admissions’ argument that Harvard’s past discriminatory admissions practices—which were designed to decrease Jewish enrollment—are comparable to its practices today.”] 

ADL targeted for not being woke enough for extremists, Jonathan Tobin, Israel Hayom, August 19, 2020 [“For the last five years, the Anti-Defamation League has undergone a not-so-subtle transformation. Under its longtime executive director Abe Foxman, who led the group from 1987 to 2015, it was a liberal-leaning but nonpartisan watchdog against anti-Semitism. But under his successor, Jonathan Greenblatt, a veteran of the Clinton and Obama administrations, the ADL has become a reliable auxiliary of the Democratic Party taking sides against Israel’s government and involving the group in partisan squabbles and bashing President Donald Trump. In a supreme irony, leftist anti-Semites have chosen to target the ADL, and not more centrist or conservative Jewish entities, as part of an effort aimed at canceling the group.”]

Why Jews would vote for Trump: Answering Abe Foxman, Norm Coleman, Times of Israel, September 13, 2020 [“The “more in sadness than in anger” trope is on full display in a recent Times of Israel op-ed by Abe Foxman about Jewish voters and President Trump. Foxman, who served as head of the Anti-Defamation League for decades and oversaw its shift from mainstream community defense organization to a shill for the left, offers a harsh critique of President Donald Trump’s record of unparalleled support for Israel and fails to make mention of the virulent anti-Semitism that now flows from the lips of the ascendant “progressive leadership” of the Democrat party; including Ilhan Omar, Rashid Tlaib and AOC. Let me set the record straight. President Trump’s record is a story of perseverance and success in the face of overwhelming opposition – and his every success has benefited the United States and the Jewish community. … American Jews have better memories, and more smarts, than Abe Foxman gives them credit for. President Trump will win Jewish votes in this election because he has fought for us – for all of us – and we have seen the results. There has never been a better friend of Israel and the Jewish community in the White House, and with our community’s help, Donald Trump will continue his good work there for another four years.”]

Will impeachment and censorship defend Jews against anti-Semitism?, Jonathan Tobin, Jewish News Syndicate, January 12, 2021 [“Impeaching President Trump can be debated on the merits. But the Anti-Defamation League’s endorsement of it and the silencing of dissent shows how far it has strayed from the purpose for which it was created.”]

What’s ‘No Place For Hate’ actually teaching Colorado kids?, Will Johnson, Chalkboard Review, March 4, 2021 [“Coloradans agree that schools should be no place for hate. We should foster bravery and respect and reject bullying and racism. Cultivating such a school climate helps children reach their full potential—a goal we all recognize has life-long benefits. How do we best achieve these shared goals? A program called “No Place For Hate” (NPFH) implemented in more than 70 K-12 Colorado schools, including 35 in Douglas County, attempts to answer this. There are certainly some things to like about the program, such as condemning bullying and bias and promoting empathy. But below the surface, parents and our community should be aware of causes for concern—reasons to question whether this program is accomplishing what we think it is. The concerns begin with the program’s requirements. At least 75 percent of students must sign a “pledge” for a school to get the NPFH designation. We’re told it’s voluntary, but some teachers are directed to repeatedly ask students who haven’t signed the pledge to do so. The pledge itself is good, extolling shared virtues. But is it necessary for kids to sign the pledge to be seen as kind, respectful, and rejecting hate? … The core question here is “what is the purpose of publicly financed education?” Is it to make our kids hyper-aware of their differences and turn them into political activists? Or is it to teach them how to think, not what to think?  Apparently, NPFH views the former as a primary purpose of education, and wants it to permeate Colorado schools’ curriculum. Is this how we want our tax dollars used?”]

Webinar: The Failure of Jewish Leadership — “Where’s the ADL?” (74min audio), Jonathan Tobin & William Jacobson interviewed by Charles Jacobs, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, March 10, 2021 [“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.”]

Civil Rights vs. Israel Advocacy: The Battle Inside the ADL (77min video), Jewish Currents, March 15, 2021 [Noa Yachot, Jacob Matt, Alex Kane & Diala Shamas discuss the “Drop the ADL” initiative, conflicts among different foci – “white supremacy,” “antiracism,” defense of Israel, Foxman-Greenblatt contrast, influence of donors, proposed antisemitism awareness act, redefinitions of antiracism, “Palestine,” biggest funders = huge donor base, family foundations, grassroots, Robert Kraft (Trump supporter), Seth Karman, Bernard Marcus (Home Depot), etc., “real threat of white supremacist movement”, support Defund the Police movement, “white violence”, etc. Gives impression that ADL is very effective on fundraising and getting media attention by 1) exaggerating the threats of antisemitism and “white supremacy”, and 2) by actively defending Israel. But it seems an organization somewhat adrift and conflicted, and it certainly engages in a lot of “defamation” of others in many of its baseless accusations of “white supremacy” – S.Hurlbert]

ADL, others, give some anti-Semitism a pass,  Jonathan Tobin, Intermountain Jewish News, March 18, 2021 [“We need to ponder why so much of the organized Jewish community has drunk the BLM and critical race theory Kool-Aid. This has led to it essentially legitimizing not only the rampant anti-Semitism in parts of that movement but also those, like Mallory, who have identified themselves with hate groups, and those opponents of Israel who spread the libel that it is an “apartheid state” and deny its right to exist. Among the most enthusiastic endorsers of this allegedly progressive stance are the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the ADL, which have embraced the BLM mantra as unquestioned truth. … The failure of much of the organized Jewish world to take a stand isn’t merely a disgrace. It’s one more piece of evidence showing how wokeness is compromising the defense of Jewish rights and enabling anti-Semitism.”]

Orthodox Rabbis Defend Tucker Carlson From Charges of Anti-Semitism by Anti-Defamation League, Aila Slisco, Newsweek, April 14, 2021 [“A conservative group representing over 1,500 Orthodox Jewish rabbis has condemned Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Director Jonathan Greenblatt’s letter calling on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson for allegedly promoting “a classic white supremacist trope.” The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) objected to the call to fire Carlson in a letter sent to Greenblatt on Tuesday, insisting that his views were informed by “grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism” that the ADL has promoted under his leadership. Four days earlier, Greenblatt penned a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott accusing Carlson of espousing the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory during a segment positing that Democrats hoped to “replace” right-leaning American voters with left-leaning immigrants. “The Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents over 1,500 traditional, observant rabbis in American public policy, is distressed by grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism made by your organization,” the group wrote to Greenblatt. “Your recent attack on Tucker Carlson of Fox News, calling it ‘white supremacist’ to question whether particular policy choices enable illegal immigrants to nullify the votes of American citizens, is merely one example.”]

The ADL Is Not Jewish and No Longer Speaks for Jews: Under Jonathan Greenblatt, they’ve lost focus, attacking conservatives instead of fighting anti-Semitism, Dov Fischer, American Spectator, April 16, 2021 [“Thus emerged the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith. America’s Jews desperately needed a defense organization, and B’nai B’rith, the fraternal order, was their biggest group, so best situated to act. They formed the ADL. ADL emerged to defend German Jews in America, and they defended East European Jews because, when anti-Semitism arises, haters do not distinguish. For the next century, ADL became identified with Jewish legal defense. … But this no longer is the case. As Jew-hatred of the Marietta, Georgia, sort abated in America, ADL increasingly lost sight of its fundamental purpose. Expanding its mission to focus on opposing other forms of hate, ADL became more of a general all-purpose human-rights organization. That can be a good thing if implemented fairly. Unfortunately, ADL’s demise as a Jewish organization was cemented in July 2015, ironically almost 100 years to the day of the Leo Frank lynching, when the organization named Jonathan Greenblatt to be its new national director. Greenblatt, a hardened “progressive,” had just served as special assistant to the president in the Obama White House. He is an Obama acolyte through and through. From the day that he arrived, he converted the ADL into a markedly left-focused organization. Under Greenblatt, ADL has focused almost exclusively on combating right-wing hate and also attacking conservative non-haters among Republicans, Fox News anchors, and the like — while giving virtually free passes to the Left.”]

The ADL – Democrats who happen to be Jewish, David Isaac, World Israel News, April 22, 2021 [“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s head earlier this month.In an over-the-top letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on April 9, ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt said, “It is time for Carlson to go.” … Carlson argued that “demographic change is the key to the Democratic party’s political ambitions. … When you change who votes, you change who wins. That has nothing inherently to do with race or nationality. It is the nature of democracy.” One may or may not agree with this, but it’s not anti-Semitism. … Jonathan Tobin, the dean of American Jewish journalism, said the real weakness of the ADL’s argument “is that up until recently, the ones talking about immigrants replacing or overwhelming white voters have been liberals.” Carlson pointed this out, too. “They [the Left] say it all the time. They’ve done studies on it. Written long books about it. Talked about it endlessly on television, often in the ugliest racial terms. They’re not ashamed at all.” We, too, wonder where the ADL was when, for instance, New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote a 2018 column under the headline “We Can Replace Them.” … The reason for the double standard is clear enough. The ADL, founded in 1913 “to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people,” has a new purpose. It’s no longer protecting Jews from anti-Semitism. It’s protecting Democrats from criticism. That’s why you get the disagreement over Carlson between two Jewish groups that will leave non-Jews scratching their heads. The unseemly dispute is the natural result of the ADL transforming into a Democratic party support group. … Most trace the ADL’s turning point to the advent of Jonathan Greenblatt, a former adviser to President Barack Obama. In a sane world, a resume with his background would have ended up in an ADL wastebasket. But ADL’s downward spiral came long before. One could say the ADL died in 1987 when Nathan Perlmutter, the last great ADL national director, passed away from lung cancer. It was under Abraham Foxman, national director from 1987-2015, that ADL lost its way. … The ADL measures its success in dollars and it’s pulling in tens of millions, giving it the false idea that it’s on the right track. It’s not money ADL needs. It’s new leadership and a return to its original mission.”]

Jewish groups should work for justice, not toxic race theories, Jonathan Tobin, Jewish News Syndicate, April 23, 2021 [“Americans were relieved by the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Still, the JCPA and ADL shouldn’t join with partisans and radicals to exploit it to push a racialist agenda that hurts Jews. … For the Anti-Defamation League, a post-Chauvin verdict statement in which it said, “It is long past time for our country to tackle systemic racism, reimagine what public safety looks like and create transformational change,” employed the same disingenuous talking points as BLM activists. The same was true of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, which issued a statement sounding the same notes about “systemic racism” and the need to “transform law enforcement.” What’s so discouraging about this is not just the way groups that represent the Jewish community to the rest of the country are now not just supporting BLM ideology, but how they are weaving its ideology into their own agendas.”]                              

Bearing False Witness: Leading civil rights organizations lend their voices to false claims about police, Ari Maas, City Journal, May 3, 2021 [“After Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, many organizations and celebrities issued press releases that went beyond celebrating justice, offering blanket condemnations of the police as universally racist and oppressive. … During my career I have participated in training classes and used publications put out by both the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center, (SPLC). I know firsthand that these organizations value their partnerships with law enforcement. Yet this history didn’t stop either of these organizations from painting every police officer with the same broad brush. Every time a police officer takes a life, it is a sad and traumatizing event for everyone involved. But it is not, as the ADL contends, evidence of a system that “target[s] and devalue[s] Black, brown, and Indigenous lives for centuries.” An ADL press release opined that Adam Toledo, the 13-year-old shot by Chicago police, was killed because of “systemic racism,” not because police were responding to the presence of an armed individual fleeing the scene of a “shots fired” call. The shooting was tragic, but it wasn’t the result of systemic racism, and a group that seeks justice when churches are burned should know that.”]

Chutzpah: ADL wants a federal bailout, Michelle Malkin, Williston Herald, May 4, 2021 [“When I think of “essential” workers in America, the smear merchants of the Anti-Defamation League are at the bottom of the barrel. For decades, they’ve demonized conservatives and Christians as agents of “hate” and treated our very existence as incitements to violence. … Now, in the wake of the “Chinese flu” pandemic, ADL is lining up with all the other federal bailout vultures clamoring for free money. This week, the group issued a statement calling on Congress to include “relief for charities” in any COVID-19 legislation. “In times of crisis,” ADL self-righteously urged, “nonprofits are on the front lines, ready to respond and serve communities across the nation — but funds are needed to continue doing so.” The “relief package” pushed by ADL and several hundred other groups demands $60 billion in “emergency stimulus funding to support our work… during this time of crisis and need.” What a crock. The primary “front lines” ADL occupies are on the battlefields against American sovereignty and free speech. By my count, the open borders zealots of ADL have filed 17 amicus briefs in our courts supporting obstruction of Trump’s immigration enforcement and national security measures. … ADL’s full-throated promotion of America’s demographic transformation through mass migration stands in stark contrast to its unapologetic defense of Israel’s restrictionist immigration policies and militarized borders. But heaven forbid you point out the hypocrisy.”]

Jews, Defund the Anti-Defamation League, Alan Bergstein, Published Reporter.com, May 10, 2021 [Also published as The Paradigm Shift of the ADL in TheJewishVoice.com]  [“It’s time for Jews who are truly concerned for the survival of American Jewry and Israel to finally take a deep breath and stop signing donation checks to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). That former vital and fearless Jewish defense group, now under the leadership of former President Obama aide and Soros confidant, Jonathan Greenblatt, has shamelessly joined other such worthless groups as HIAS, J Street, T’ruah, Jewish Voices for Peace and The National Council of Jewish Women, who still badger and beg their Jewish benefactors for cash while serving the interests of anti-Jewish causes and movements. … In NYC where violent attacks against Jews perpetrated by blacks is on the uptick, the ADL recently rewarded the city $250,000 to train kids not to hate. Would it not have been better to spend that cash focusing on teaching, specifically black kids, not to hate. Why waste funds on white kids who don’t participate in violent attacks on Jews or blacks? Is he fearful to pinpoint blacks as singularly in need of assistance to be peaceful? And then the ADL along with 600 other brain dead “Jewish” groups signed a full page ad in the NYT in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement whose charter calls Israel a genocidal state, that supports the BDS movement that calls for our cops to be attacked and killed in the streets. Have these ADL geniuses read the BLM charter or walked in their processions to hear their chants of, “What do we want?…Dead cops!” Is the ADL supporting murdering cops, wiping out police departments or defunding them?”]

Our Commitment to an Inclusive, Supportive Environment Remains Strong, Luke Wood, Office of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, San Diego State University, May 11, 2021 [“Dear SDSU Community, Earlier today, we were notified of a social media post by an SDSU student promoting antisemitic language and disparaging members of the Jewish community. I joined several other university officials working with the San Diego State University Police Department (UPD) to quickly assess the situation. … We were in contact with SDSU’s University Senate chair today to request that our Senate take action via policy modifications, resolutions and other efforts to counter antisemitism on campus and in our community. The Senate Executive Officers immediately reviewed, and have referred this to the Senate Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for action at their next meeting. … Our university launched the Presidential Task Force on Addressing Antisemitism last month, which will soon begin meeting. The group is charged with making recommendations for protocols on responding to incidents of antisemitism, hate and bias toward members of SDSU’s Jewish community, and toward the Jewish community as a whole. … In March, our university also announced an enhanced partnership with two local organizations: the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Hillel. Together, we have a shared goal of creating a more inclusive community for Jewish students, faculty and staff. The ADL will work closely with SDSU’s Center for Inclusive Excellence to develop an innovative professional learning community for faculty and staff on recognizing and responding to antisemitism, bias and hate in the classroom and in co-curricular spaces.”]

A Member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Diversity Council is Embroiled in an Anti-Semitism Scandal: The Anti-Semitism Watchdog Has Nothing to Say About It, Alana Goodman, Washington Free Beacon,June 11, 2021 [“The Anti-Defamation League, which bills itself as an anti-bigotry watchdog group, is curiously silent in the face of anti-Semitic remarks from an employee of a key member of its corporate diversity council. Google, which reassigned a top employee last week after a Washington Free Beacon report on his anti-Semitic remarks, is among a handful of corporations that work with the ADL on diversity issues. “We thank these corporations and others who stand with us to help us build diversity,” a recent ADL report said, recognizing Google as a partner in its efforts. Google came under fire last week for the anti-Semitic remarks made by its then-diversity chief, Kamau Bobb, who said in a 2007 blog post that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war.” Bobb is still working on Google’s tech education initiatives, although he was removed from his diversity role after the Free Beacon reported on his comments. … The ADL’s silence follows criticism that the group has taken a biased and partisan approach under director Jonathan Greenblatt, who joined the organization after serving as an aide to President Barack Obama. The group criticized Facebook—which is not listed as a member of its corporate leadership council—for its failure to permanently ban President Donald Trump from the platform due to his “hate and disinformation” posts and also vocally condemned Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. … Writing in the Jewish News Syndicate in 2018, Jonathan Tobin described Greenblatt’s opposition to Kavanaugh as “the act of a reckless partisan who doesn’t even feel the need to maintain the pretense that the group he leads has a higher purpose than diving into the daily political scrum.””]

DougCo parents show CRT the door, Editorial, Denver Gazette, June 9, 2021 [“Critical Race Theory made the leap from academic jargon to political talking point in 2020. It even picked up its own acronym, CRT. And most recently, it has started to get the scrutiny, and push-back, it deserves. That’s especially so in public schools in Colorado as across the country. … And in Colorado, Douglas County parents have risen up against CRT in their children’s schools. The Douglas County School District pays the Anti-Defamation League for the use of its “No Place for Hate” curriculum. No Place for Hate defines racism as “the marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people” and warns students that “microaggressions” and “seeking out like-minded people” could lead to genocide.”]


Mtn. Brook Schools To Disassociate With Anti-Defamation League, Michael Seale, Patch, June 22, 2021 [“In its statement Tuesday, the system said Mountain Brook Schools will not use the “No Place for Hate” framework and will disassociate with the ADL.”]

Mountain Brook backtracks on anti-bias training after parent criticism links to critical race theory, Rebecca Griesbach, AL.com, June 28, 2021 [“A recent smattering of anti-ADL surveys and flyers circulating around social media have warned parents about the organization’s No Place for Hate program planned for Mountain Brook campuses, charging that “controversial issues” surround the organization. Members of that group said they were not a “vocal minority,” noting that 625 parents signed a letter to the school board. “Everyone signing onto this letter endorses the original purpose behind ADL’s founding — fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry,” the letter states. “But ADL’s website reflects that its mission has expanded to many other politically controversial areas and the positions it has taken in those areas and the actions to promote such causes are at odds with the sincerely held beliefs of many, many Mountain Brook citizens …. Public school systems should strive to educate children while being politically neutral in its policies and programming.” … Krissie Allen was an English and American studies teacher at Mountain Brook High School who said she expressed interest in the board’s diversity committee but was turned away. She was also one of the hundreds of teachers who attended an anti-bias training, which she said “reduced everything down to gender and race” and left her worried about how its lessons on allyship and microaggressions would affect the classroom culture. “It does not help discussion and freedom of thought in the classroom to teach students that they have to be walking on eggshells,” Allen said.”]     

“Jonathan Greenblatt is a Disgrace” (2min audio), John Podhoretz, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, June 30, 2021 [“The ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, is now being continuously portrayed — by influential and prestigious Jewish writers and thinkers — as the Democratic operative who hijacked the ADL for his party. Now Greenblatt finally opened his mouth about Ilhan Omar’s brazen Jew-hatred. This is what he said. Wimpy and whiney: “To accuse Jewish members of not being involved in ‘justice’ is ignorant of their records, and especially offensive when it’s an effort to distract from your own #antisemitic statements. Rep. Omar needs to lead with accountability, not denial — definitely not blaming the victim.” This is not how a Jewish leader responds to a powerful anti-Semite’s bigotry. Listen to Jonathan Podhoretz, “Commentary” magazine’s editor, ripping into Greenblatt for his weak statement.“]

The Jews Who Are Complicit in Jew-Hatred: It’s a feature, not a bug, of the horrors of the past month , Seth Mandel, Commentary, July/August 2021 [““Until the latest surge,” read a May 26 story, “anti-Semitic violence in recent years was largely considered a right-wing phenomenon, driven by a white supremacist movement emboldened by rhetoric from former President Donald J. Trump, who often trafficked in stereotypes.” This was nonsense: The most common street violence against Jews took place in New York and New Jersey, and it had nothing at all to do with Trump or “right-wing” politics. Par for the course for the Gray Lady, perhaps, but far more concerning was where the reporters seemed to be getting the misinformation. “This is why Jews feel so terrified in this moment,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told the paper. “For four years it seemed to be stimulated from the political right, with devastating consequences.” At the scenes of Jew-hunting that began in May, during the war between Israel and Hamas, Greenblatt lamented, “No one is wearing MAGA hats.”… If there’s one organization whose responsibility it is to prepare not just the Jewish community but the wider United States public and its government for emerging anti-Semitic threats, it’s the ADL. Instead, the head of the ADL has been spreading a cynical left-wing myth about anti-Semitism while threats to the Jewish community fester.”]

The ADL head’s disingenuous epiphany about left-wing antisemitism, Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom, July 14, 2021 [“It’s a sad day when the head of the Anti-Defamation League receives accolades for acknowledging that anti-Semitism “also” hails from the left. If the person in question had been living in a cave until last week – when he published an op-ed in Newsweek called It’s Time to Admit It: The Left Has an Anti-Semitism Problem – he might be excused for having an epiphany about a phenomenon that has been obvious for decades. … But Jonathan Greenblatt hasn’t been in isolation for the past six years, when he replaced Abraham Foxman as CEO of the Jewish organization, established in 1913 by B’nai B’rith. On the contrary, he’s been as active a participant in American political culture throughout his current tenure as he was during his term in the White House as special assistant to former President Barack Obama. It is thus that Jews across the spectrum viewed the ADL’s announcement in November 2014 that he would be taking over the reins from Foxman in July 2015 as “dramatic.” … Greenblatt’s piece on Thursday, then, was more deserving of ridicule than praise. In the first place, it’s worse than presumptuous for someone who turned the ADL into a platform representing what the late Jewish leader Isi Leibler called “an echo chamber of left-wing Democratic politics” to warn readers about something that many of us have been saying and writing long before Greenblatt came along. Secondly, if we’re already on the topic of what it’s “time to admit,” let’s remember Greenblatt’s blatant violation of the ADL’s Internal Revenue Service status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, which is forbidden from engaging on political activity on behalf of or against candidates running for or serving in public office. And that’s not even getting into the massive donations the organization received – thanks to Greenblatt’s impeccable anti-Trump, pro-BLM credentials – from such paragons of radicalism as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).”]

No Place for Hate” Promise, Anti-Defamation League, 2020-2021

[What a ridiculous and deceptive pledge. First, it lulls parents and others who see it into believing the notion that ADL’s program at no point involves indoctrination in anything other than fairness, kindness, safety and happiness. Second, “hate” is not a concept well understood by primary school or even many middle school students if they have been well-protected and nurtured by their parents. Well, ok, some understand ‘hate for spinach.’ The unrelenting use of the word ‘hate’ by ADL naturally fosters fear, paranoia, and division, especially in conjunction with other emphasized tropes like “racism,” “white supremacism,” “white privilege,” etc. Why not retitle this, “A Place for Kindness” Pledge, put in a new avatar (a bunny?), and change the last line to “I want our school to Be Best”. Plagiarize ADL and Melania Trump in the same line! And then have school boards independently, with no reference whatsoever to ADL, adopt this as their own message.  – S.Hurlbert]

The No Place for Hate® Pledge

Elementary School

  • I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.
  • I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone — even if they are not like me.
  • If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher.
  • I will help others to feel safe and happy at school.
  • I will be part of making my school No Place for Hate.

Over 1.4 Million Students Taught Radical Left Propaganda Under Guise of “No Place for Hate”,  Joy Overbeck, Townhall.com, July 19, 2021 [“What if you found out your child was being taught in school that the police should be “reformed, transformed or abolished”? That Georgia’s new election laws that seek to restore election fairness and prevent fraud instead “restrict and suppress voting across the state”? Or that states must out of fairness allow transgender males to compete in girls and women’s sports?  What if your four-year-old daughter was reading books suggesting that she may actually be a lesbian? These are just some of the “lesson plans” in an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) program called “No Place for Hate” (NPFH) that is being taught in about 16,000 schools across the nation. … In Douglas County, Colorado, where I live, this ripped-from-the-headlines extremist agenda was implanted by district administration into 34 schools (out of 89) — primary, secondary and high schools — in the 2020-2021 school year according to documents I obtained through several Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests. And it’s not just an agenda – it’s deliberate, highly-focused training designed to enlist young people from elementary school to high school into a radical army of woke social justice warriors. … How do schools get transformed into activist training camps for kids?  Selling itself as a compassionate, altruistic, anti-bullying program to fight racism and “help your school create a more equitable and inclusive climate” which has become a dominant theme in the Strategic Plans implemented by state Boards of Education as well as individual school districts nationwide, No Place for Hate, like Critical Race Theory, instead peddles the left’s divisive political catechism known as “equity.””]

Parents Canceled by Their Own Children, Caryn Boddie, American Thinker, July 19, 2021 [“It happened that, as I was thinking about writing about my husband and me being canceled by our own children six months ago — we have been agonizing about not being able to talk to them or see our grandson for all that time — a thought popped into my mind: blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Weeks ago, while struggling with how to understand what has happened, I picked up a copy of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.  Then I looked at a book by David Horowitz entitled Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model.  What I read convinced me that our family, more so our children, had been targeted.  We, as a middle-class family who used to live together in the suburbs, were in the bull’s eye. Consider the last chapter of Rules, which was published in 1971. It is entitled “The Way Forward.”  Alinsky writes, “Organization for action will now and in the decade ahead center upon America’s white middle class.  That is where the power is[.] … Large parts of the middle class, the ‘silent majority,’ must be activated[.]” The left has been working on making the children of the middle class into radicals, turning them against their parents and their parents’ values for fifty years now, in multiple generations.  All the things we middle-class parents believed in and called good, our children now call bad and false, and more than bad and false, worthy of destruction, especially if we parents are Christian and conservative, and even more so if we are Trump-supporters. Our cancelation is the fruit of the left’s strategy to remake America.”]