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The ADL is a Threat to Jews

Jonathan Greenblatt introduced the ADL’s Never is Now 2018 conference with a full-throated defense of George Soros. It was a strange decision for an organization that had once criticized the radical anti-Israel billionaire’s defenses of anti-Semitism. But under Greenblatt, a former Obama official, the ADL had turned sharply to the left and Never is Now, the ADL’s big shindig, was a disturbing demonstration.

Greenblatt’s opening remarks at the December conference mentioned Soros twice and Israel only once.

And he did not mention Israel to defend it, but to sell out the Jewish State in defense of Soros.

“If your favorite politician is attacking George Soros,” the ADL boss warned, “you must stand up and tell them to stop. And do so even if they profess love for Israel up and down.”

Israel was less important than Soros. And that’s not surprising coming from Greenblatt, who had formerly headed the Aspen Institute, which had received funding from Soros. Instead of standing up for Israel, Greenblatt was encouraging Jews to pick fights with pro-Israel politicians if they insulted Soros.

The ADL had once condemned Soros for using Israel to justify anti-Semitism, now it was all in on Soros and out on Israel.

And it got worse.

The ADL chose to invite Senator Cory Booker to hand out an award. Booker had not only betrayed Jewish voters by backing Iran’s nuclear program, but just that summer had been caught posing with members of an anti-Israel and pro-terrorist BDS hate group while holding up an anti-Israel sign.

In September, Booker favorably quoted Stokely Carmichael at a Senate hearing. Carmichael had infamously said, "The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist we must take a lesson from Hitler.”

The ADL could have chosen to invite any number of pro-Israel senators, including those who had voted against Iran. Instead it chose to invite a pro-Iran politico who palled around with BDS activists and found inspiration in the words of a black nationalist anti-Semite who praised Adolf Hitler.

So much for Never is Now.

The ADL had not only betrayed the message of Never Again, it put up on its stage a politician who had voted to protect a nuclear program meant to kill millions of Jews and who favorably quoted a racist who advocated another Holocaust.

The ADL couldn’t have betrayed the memory of the Holocaust any more thoroughly if Greenblatt had goosestepped onto the stage while singing the Horst Wessel Lied.

Never is Now 2018 sold out Jews and Israel.

The list of speakers did not include a single official from a major pro-Israel organization. Not even AIPAC. However Jill Jacobs, the head of the militantly anti-Israel T’ruah, was a featured speaker. T’ruah had rallied efforts to force Jewish charities to stop helping Jews living in areas claimed by Islamic terrorists.

While the Never is Now 2018 agenda featured an unambiguous condemnation of any efforts to combat illegal immigration, its only Israel panel asked, “When is Criticism of Israel anti-Semitism?” while suggesting that there are "some in the Jewish community who label almost all expressions that are deemed 'anti-Israel' as anti-Semitic".

While the ADL was ruthlessly unequivocal on a variety of lefty issues, such as illegal migration or the reputation of George Soros, it was willing to equivocate when it came to attacking the Jewish State.

There was no room for debate on lefty issues. But there was room for debate on hating Israel.

The panel discussing whether hatred of the Jewish State was anti-Semitic featured Jill Jacobs, a hateful opponent of Israel, and Alyza Lewin of the Brandeis Center, the token pro-Israel organization at NIN. Jacobs, along with top T’ruah leaders, had previously signed a letter urging the United States to “to take a cautious stand concerning Hamas” and called for “constructive engagement with the new Palestinian government”.

Some months after T’ruah’s leadership advocated working with Hamas, the Islamic terror group had put out its own proposal for the Jewish people, “My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews.”

Never is Now is meant to be a reference to the Holocaust. Not only wasn’t the ADL fighting a second Holocaust, it was welcoming in apologists for Islamist monsters who want to drink Jewish blood.

And apologists for anti-Semites of all sorts.

Appearing on an anti-Semitism panel was Jane Eisner, The Forward boss, whose social justice tabloid not only routinely spewed hate toward Israel, but toward Jews in general. On her watch, the formerly Jewish paper had defended the leaders of the Women’s March, Jeremy Corbyn, Farrakhan and a lefty politician who claimed that Jews control the weather.

The ADL had invited a radical bigot whose paper featured pieces with titles worthy of Stormfront such as, "3 Jewish Moguls Among Eight Who Own as Much as Half the Human Race" and "Why We Should Applaud The Politician Who Said Jews Control The Weather" to discuss anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism, like Israel, was also a pro and con issue at the ADL.

Also on the ADL’s list of speakers was Yehuda Webster, a black nationalist activist, the son of a pastor from Guyana, who had declared, “I am very much against state-sponsored oppression in any context in America, in Israel, or in Palestine. I must stand on the side of the people who fight for liberation.”

Webster is an activist with the radical JFREJ hate group which has fought to cover up anti-Semitism on the Left. The foster son of a JFREJ funder had even been caught setting fires in Jewish schools.

“It’s important for white Jews and Israelis to recognize, yes, the Palestinian-Israeli situation is unique, but still it does play into this global system of white supremacy,” he had argued.

Webster wasn’t the only ADL speaker with a history of accusing Jews of being white supremacists. Joining him was Yavillah McCoy who had declared, “When Jews accepted a white identity in America, they participated in sustaining white supremacy.”

McCoy is associated with Bend the Arc, a radical group headed by Stosh Cotler, an anti-Israel activist. She has also become the public face of a whitewashing effort by the anti-Semitic Women's March leadership.

Instead of inviting activists fighting anti-Semitism, the ADL had instead chosen two leftists associated with anti-Israel groups, who have a history of libeling Jews.

And yet the most obvious thing about Never is Now wasn’t its growing tolerance for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views. It was how little Jewish content there was in a conference referencing the Holocaust.

There were few representatives of the Jewish community on stage. Instead the ADL brought out obscure lefty activists who, even when they weren’t openly anti-Israel or anti-Semitic, were obscure at best.

Instead of inviting activists who could discuss the rash of anti-Semitic violent attacks against Orthodox Jews in New York City or the Islamic terrorist attacks against Jewish families in Israel, the ADL invited Steph Loehr, a transgender gamer, who fights against integrating voice chat in online video games.

"In my world, the inclusivity-cost of voice chat is very real. The addition of voice chat will push many marginalized players out of the base," Loer claimed.

The ADL doesn’t have the time and the space to confront anti-Semitism, because it’s too busy with more important things. And those things are not the threats to Jews; they are the agendas of the radical Left.

That’s why Greenblatt puts George Soros ahead of Israel.

Once upon a time, the ADL was a Jewish civil rights organization. Now it’s just another generic lefty group that pretends to care about Jewish causes only long enough to fleece some of its donors.

As the Left goes anti-Semitic, the ADL is becoming a threat to Jews.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine at the above link.

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  1. Just a common 'tater29/1/19

    Thank you Mr. G for showing the absurdity of this once well known group becoming part of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic cabal it was established to combat.

    So, in other words, the New Holocaust, that was never supposed to happen is Now Here. I wonder who else the left will target for extinction. Obviously any Orthodox Jew, any Jew that self identifies as straight and hetero, and anyone that acts like he/she is not leftist. How about those not of Jewish heritage that support Israel and Judeo-Christian values and faith?

    Well, it just goes to show what money can buy. However, it does not seem to be able to buy morality or compassion. Yep, another version of "the Jews did it" combined with "round up the usual subjects." The Capos are back in charge of the ghetto again.

    Some interesting tidbits for thought:
    1. This time, the left is clearly instigating the anti-Israel rhetoric and siding with such anti-Semitic groups as Hamas and similar jihad loving folks. Funny thing, Hitler, supposedly far right wing, did the same thing. Mr. G has pointed out in great detail how Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem had a mutual admiration society. What is forgotten is Hitler was a socialist.

    2. Iran and Turkey both are now rattling swords again and openly threatening Israel. Have you ever wondered why Iran has not yet tested a nuke? Maybe it is because they help fund fat boy's nuke project. NK does the testing. Iran now has the info and details for building a successful missile mounted MIRV. No need to test, we all know they work. So do the missiles. If Iran decides to see if one of the nukes works, it will be aiming for Israel.

    3. Saudi Arabia is now openly talking about acquiring Nukes. Well, they paid for Pakistan's nuke development, so I guess it is time for a return of investment.

    If we are lucky, Russia, Turkey, and Iran will soon resume their centuries old clash to see who is king of the hill in that part of the world. In the meantime, it looks like we will have our hands full here trying to keep the leftists from totally ruining the USA. Unfortunately, I strongly believe that however this struggle ends, it will not be pretty and it will not end well.

    And while we have all the other issues to ponder, we get to watch the deep state elites sabotage, attack, and destroy the man we elected in an attempt to save the once great USA. I suspect that this little episode will not be pretty, nor will it end well for our country.


  2. Anonymous29/1/19

    In a few words, all the Jewish 'establishment' organizations have no connection to the word "Jewish". Never give even a penny to them. The ADL is just one of these phony Jewish groups who have no interest in any Jewish matters or Israel. The Jews connected with any of these groups are usually of the same ilk.

  3. Jonathan Greenblatt and the ADL BOARD OF DIRECTORS has turned into KAPPOS. They do this not from fear of Nazionale torture but for the God, Torah and Israel eclipsing love of money and sycophantic approval of the wide world of anti semites.

  4. It's a huge shame that ADL became a political party, and does not contribute to uniting Jewish people. To support George Soros is quite disgusting. To invite me -by letter- to call president Trump racist because he told the 4 constant criticizing and attacking "Squad" women to leave if he didn't like it here. The hidden muslim agenda seems not to bother Greenblatt, and THAT bothers me. It's cold ignorance or worse.


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