The ADL is "...one of the ugliest, most powerful pressure groups in the U.S...Its primary commitment is to use any technique, however dishonest and disgraceful, in order to defame and silence and destroy anybody who dares to criticize the Holy State ('Israel')." --Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Too many journalists run ADL spin with little real knowledge about the organization and it's history - even recent history.
Take the case of the couple in Denver, for example.
Judge rules that judgment against ADL stands [FinalCall.com] - A ruling by a federal judge in Denver March 31 which upheld most of a year-old $10 million jury finding that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) libeled a couple by falsely portraying them as anti-Semites may at last call into question the groupâ€™s heretofore unassailable reputation as the sole "defender of the Jews" in America.
Judge Slams ADL for Hurting Couple Tarred As 'Anti-Semites' By Marc Perelman [forward.com] April 13. 2001 ... "Can you imagine an organization using money from Marc Rich, a guy who made millions dealing with anti-Semitic countries like Iran, attacking powerless people for some alleged anti-Semitic slurs?" he said.
UPHOLDING most of a $10 million defamation suit against the Anti- Defamation League, a federal judge in Denver has lambasted the organization for labeling a nasty neighborhood feud as an anti-Semitic event. In upholding the first-ever court defeat handed to the 87-year-old ADL, U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham said the organization had endorsed and publicized the bigotry accusations of a Jewish couple against its neighbors without either investigating the case or weighing the consequences. Judge Slams ADL for Hurting Couple Tarred As 'Anti-Semites'
"In 1994, Saul F. Rosenthal, director of ADL's Mountain States region, held a news conference accusing the Quigleys of anti-Semitism." â€” Robert Weller, AP May 13, 2000
How many times is the ADL refered to as a "civil rights organization"? Perhaps they should ask people from the organizations found in ADL files. ADL functions more like an agency of the national security state. They follow people and attempt to demonize people they don't approve of. When that doesn't work - they either coerce/spin reporters (and their bosses) into furthering their agenda. ADL is a big business with fat budgets and a little too close working arrangement with law enforcement, politicians and media big shots. See: Fact Sheet on the ADL
I mentioned last week that when the Anti-Defamation League -- or ADL for short -- handed out press releases on September 24 to newspapers and other media in which they said that the organization I head, the National Alliance, is "the single most dangerous organized hate group in America," and that we are "linked" to bank robberies, bombings, and murders all over the country, virtually all of the media simply printed these wild charges without checking them for accuracy. Of all the hundreds of newspapers which printed the ADL's charges, only one -- West Virginia's Charleston Gazette -- even bothered to call me first and ask for my comments. The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith by Dr. William Pierce
They use the "anti-Semitism" label as a weapon to suppress criticism of Israel.
"The number one goal of the ADL is the protection of Israel," a former Republican congressman from San Mateo Pete McCloskey told SF Weekly in a recent interview. The Anti Defamation League: Censoring the Internet on Behalf of Israel
They intimidate book, newspaper and magazine publishers and distributers. They try to get governments in other countries without a first ammendment to outlaw publications they disagree with.
ADL directory Abraham H. Foxman attempted to intimidate a publisher into not publishing A Nation on Trial : The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth by Norman G. Finkelstein, Ruth Bettina Birn. See: "Cries to Halt Publication of Holocaust Book" (Arts & Ideas, NYTimes, Jan. 10 '99) and the comments in a letter to the editor a few days later ... "The Nazis banned books critical of their views; so did Stalin and so, until recently, did his successors. That''s how things work in totalitarian states. Abraham H. Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League calls for the Birn-Finkelstein book''s suppression. He should not forget that we live in a free society."
The European/American Issues Forum, a San Francisco Bay Area based moderate and thoughtful civil rights organization protests Barnes and Noble joining with the Anti-Defamation League in an effort that purports to support the teaching of tolerance while practicing the very opposite. Protesting Barnes and Noble and the Anti-Defamation League's Book "Hate Hurts..."
They're saying as little as possible in public, they're ashamed of what they're about, but electronic mail communications obtained by CODOH confirm that the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel are doing what they can, under the table, to stop CODOH advertisements from running in student newspapers across America.... Smith's Report #42
In 1996 the ADL praised the prison sentence meted out to an American publisher in Germany: "ADL today said it was gratified that a German court sentenced American...Gary Lauck to four years in prison for...disseminating anti- Semitic...hate material." .. On March 14, 1996 the B'nai B'rith called a press conference in Toronto urging the government to arrest revisionist publisher Ernst ZÃ¼ndel for printing revisionist pamphlets the Zionist group abhors. Fact Sheet On ADL
They actively promote the Holocaust Industry.
See: THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY [normanfinkelstein.com]
Shoah business [salon.com] "The son of an Auschwitz survivor accuses the "Holocaust industry," Elie Wiesel and Jewish leaders worldwide of a vast shakedown. With his clever, explosive and sometimes even wryly funny little book, "The Holocaust Industry," Norman G. Finkelstein, the 47-year-old enfant terrible of Holocaust studies from Brooklyn, N.Y., hit a nerve. Such a big nerve, in fact, that it caused a blackout of virtually all intellectual circuits ..."
They smear people with the 'Anti-Semite' label.
The leading official monitor of anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, interprets anti-Semitism as unwillingness to conform to its requirements with regard to support for Israeli authorities. These conceptions were clearly expounded by ADL National Director Nathan Perlmutter, who wrote that while old-fashioned anti-Semitism has declined, there is a new and more dangerous variety on the part of "peacemakers of Vietnam vintage, transmuters of swords into plowshares, championing the terrorist P.L.O.," and those who condemn U.S. policies in Vietnam and Central America while "sniping at American defense budgets." He fears that "nowadays war is getting a bad name and peace too favorable a press" with the rise of this "real anti-Semitism." The logic is straightforward: Anti-Semitism is opposition to the interests of Israel (as the ADL sees them); and these interests are threatened by "the liberals," the churches, and others who do not adhere to the ADL political line. - Necessary Illusions by Noam Chomsky Appendix V Segment 20/33
In an interview with a local Jewish weekly, the Northern California Bulletin, that turned into a tirade, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman lashed out at the San Francisco district attorney; the newspapers that enabled "the D.A. to try us in the media"; critics who call ADL information-gathering activities "spying"; and, for good measure, all other "bastards" who are "anti-Semitic, undemocratic, and anti-American." ... In his book They Dare to Speak Out, former Congressman Paul Findley quotes Chomsky as saying, "Virtually every talk I give is monitored, and reports of their alleged contents are sent on to the league to be incorporated in my file." He added that whenever he is scheduled to speak, ADL distributes literature in advance containing distorted or fabricated accounts of his views in an attempt to identify him as an anti-Semite. Spy Case Update
Looking for a hate group? Investigate the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). ADL associate Leonard Dinnerstein, author of "Anti-Semitism in America," proclaims: "Educated Blacks are the worst anti-Semitic group in the U.S., and blacks overall have been the most anti-Semitic group since slavery." Anti-Defamation League is the hate group, not Schiller Institute
Chuck D Demands Apology For Charges Of Anti-Semitism
Definition: SemÂ·ite (smt) n. 1. A member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians. 2. A Jew. Bible. 3. A descendant of Shem. [The American Heritage]
They try to control what is published online. Their end run around the First Ammendment is to get private companies to become the censors when they can't get the government to do it.
In the ADL article "Responding to Extemist Speech Online: 10 Frequently Asked Questions", the ADL explains how they work around the Constitution to stifle free speech. In this article, the ADL suggests the following: "Commercial ISPs, such as America Online (AOL), may voluntarily agree to prohibit users from sending racist or bigoted messages over their services. Such prohibitions do not implicate First Amendment rights because they are entered into through private contracts and do not involve government action in any way. Role in Internet Censorship
"Concerning B'nai B'rith, the ADL and others, I'm just struck over and over again how these Jewish organizations condemn and denounce practices done in this country that they passionately defend when they're done in Israel. It's a tremendous double standard." ... "'It is very troubling to us," ADL's complaint to the IRS continues, 'that a group whose identity centers on refuting the Holocaust should be granted tax-exempt status,' wrote Elizabeth Coleman, ADL Director, Civil Rights Division, in a letter to Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner, IRS." It might logically be asked what legal difference the IRS could possibly see between two groups claiming tax-exempt status, one promoting the conventional view of the Holocaust and the other refuting that view. (ADL) Hypocritical
Their HateFilterâ„¢ "uses the filtering technology of Cyber PatrolÂ® from the Internet Solutions Group of the Learning Company" to limit access to sites they consider inappropriate. What sites do they block? They will not say.
The "traditional enemies" of free speech
They ignore the violence of Israelis toward Palestinians and encourage the U.S. government to initiate violence.
In an ADL press release which was published today you are quoted as expressing "outrage" at Gush Shalom's portrayal of Prime Minister Barak as a killer of Palestinian children in a caricature on its web site, and as stating that "The image of a militant Barak standing on the bleeding bullet-ridden body of a Palestinian child is abhorrent". We fully share your feelings of outrage and abhorrence - outrage and abhorrence not at a cartoon, a few bytes of virtual reality, but at the true cruel reality which that cartoon faithfully reflects. A reality being enacted day after day after day in the Occupied Territories, a reality of Israeli military snipers taking careful aim with their telescopic sights and shooting high-velocity ammunition at unarmed opponents - men and women, boys and girls. Snipers aiming carefully at the upper part of the body, shooting with deliberation and the full intention of causing death or grave injury. One of these snipers spoke on prime time Israeli TV two weeks ago, describing quite frankly what he is about. Defamation from the Anti-Defamation League answered by Robert Younes, M.D.
Support for Sudan bombing ADL Expresses Support For United States Strikes Against Terrorist Network In Afghanistan And Sudan New York, NY, August 20, 1998. - The ADL in one of their press releases congratulated President Clinton for his "decisive action" in bombing the Al-Shifa medical plant in the Sudan, and then later the United States admitted that they might have made a mistake. The ADL, AJC and Hillel Student Union