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US Jewish Leaders Express Outrage After Israel’s Western Wall Prayer Decision – Jewish Link of New Jersey

(JNS.org) American Jewish leaders reacted with outrage following the Israeli governments rescinding of a decision to create an egalitarian prayer pavilion at the Western Wall.

The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition.

The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status.

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to Diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said that the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divide between Diaspora Jews and Israel.

The Reform movement canceled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu. We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and Diaspora Jewry.

Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said that the decision will not affect her support for Israel. The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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US Jewish leaders express outrage after Israel’s Western Wall prayer decision – JNS.org

The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition.

The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status.

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divided between diaspora Jews and Israel.

The Reform movement cancelled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu.

We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and diaspora Jewry.

Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said the decision will not affect her support for Israel.

The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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Kushner and Greenblatt Will Encourage Israel to ‘Take Risks for Peace’ – Newsmax

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatts efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could encourage Israel to “take risks for peace,” if the U.S. shows strong support for Israel, Abraham Foxman, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Algemeiner.

Kushner, President Donald Trumps senior adviser, and Greenblatt, a special representative for international negotiations under the Trump administration, are working together to take a look at “all the possibilities” for creating more peace in the Middle East,The Algemeiner noted.

“They say that Jason is a good listener. What he and Jared and their team are doing is studying all the possibilities,” Foxman said, according to The Algemeiner.

Gestures such as the two men’s participation in official mourning of an Israeli border policewoman killed last week are a positive development, according to Foxman.

“The U.S. is publicly embracing Israel that goes a long way when it comes to getting Israel to take risks,” he told The Algemeiner. “[President Donald] Trump isnt reliable, but he has a greater chance of getting Israel to take risks for peace because of his embrace and support.”

Officials have stressed that reaching an agreement on peace will take time.

“… (T)o the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington D.C. or other locations as they pursue substantive talks,” a White House official said Sunday, according to Reuters.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has persisted since Israels occupation of the West Bank in 1967, The New York Times noted.

“If you look at the issues, they are the same borders, Jerusalem, the refugees, settlements,” Foxman told The Algemeiner. “But the constellation in the neighborhood is now different, because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, between Sunni and Shia Islam.”

Foxman said Israel will take actions toward peace only if the U.S. is in its corner.

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Kushner and Greenblatt’s Embrace Will Encourage Israel to ‘Take Risks for Peace,’ Says Former ADL Chief – Algemeiner

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ADL National Director Emeritus Abe Foxman. Photo: ADL.

The new pushlaunched this week by Trump administration emissaries Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations has received a positive welcome from a prominent American Jewish leader with intimate knowledge of both the players and the pitfalls of peacemaking in the Middle East.

They say that Jason is a good listener. What he and Jared and their team are doing is studying all the possibilities, Abraham Foxman who spent three decades at the helm of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and now serves as the Jewish organizations national director emeritus told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Though the White House has remained tight-lipped on the content of Kushner and Greenblatts discussions with leaders on both sides, an advisory issued earlier this week cautioned that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and added that there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region.

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But for Foxman, what is significant is not so much the issues that are holding up a resumption of direct negotiations, but the transformation of the atmosphere between the US and Israel.

Until quite recently, the Americans would hesitate on a terrorist attack in Israel, Foxman said. Wed wonder, would the State Department say something? Would it be evenhanded?’

Jason Greenblattgoes from the plane to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem and then toa shiva call for a victim of terrorism andso does Jared, Foxman continued, referring to the participationof both men inthe official mourning period for Hadas Malka, the 23 year-old Israeli border policewoman murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem last Friday.

Such gestures count, Foxman said, because Israel will take risks for peace only if it has the robust support of the US.

The US is publicly embracing Israel that goes a long way when it comes to getting Israel to take risks, he asserted. [President Donald] Trump isnt reliable, but he has a greater chance of getting Israel to take risks for peace because of his embrace and support.

By his own admission, Foxman is an optimist.

If you look at the issues, they are the same borders, Jerusalem, the refugees, settlements, he said. But the constellation in the neighborhood is now different, because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, between Sunni and Shia Islam. This shifting balance of forces, he added, would not be enough to effect change without the essential element of close US-Israel ties that was missing from the previous Obama administration.

Foxman said he was encouraged that Trump administration officials who are engaged with the Israeli-Palestinian issue realize thatits nota slam dunk. The only progress one can make is through interim arrangements.

By way of illustration, Foxman recalled a visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with a high-level ADL delegation. At the end of the visit, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador to the US, offered the delegation his plane to take them to their next destination.

I said to Bandar, Lets have the first flight between Riyadh and Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel, and he replied, Not yet, not yet, and we flew to Amman in Jordan instead, Foxman recalled. So were not going to have a dramatic outcome where suddenly Israelis are flying to Riyadh and embassies are opening everywhere. What you need first is permission for Israeli planes to overfly Saudi Arabia. Its those little things that count, and some of them are already happening behind the scenes.

Foxman also praised the current administration for its uncompromising attituderegarding Palestinian incitement. Incitement is a serious issue that was never handled very seriously, he said. Now its being handled more seriously than before.

On the vexed issue of PA payments to the families of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned by Israel, Foxman said that theres an understanding you cant make peace with those who glorify and reward those who are against peace.

I think they will make progress on this, Foxman said of Kushner and Greenblatts ongoing diplomatic efforts, to which the egregious policy of the payments hasposed a consistent challenge.

More broadly, Foxman is pleased by what he regards as a new consciousnessnot just in the US and the Middle East, but in Europe as well. In that regard, he cited recent decisions by the Norwegian and Dutch governments among others to end funding for Palestinian NGOs involved in incitement against Israel.

That problem of hate, Foxman said, is what will make the difference between a cold peace and a warm peace.Because of that, peace is not going to be happen overnight, he noted.

Thats not because the regions leaders dont see strategic and economic value in peace, Foxman concluded. Its because for years, all theyve taught is hatred. Not just the Palestinians and Iran, but Egypt and Jordan also.

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ADL: 100 Years of Hate | The American Mercury

Published by Editor on October 20, 2013

by Valdis Bell

TODAY MARKS THE 100th anniversary of the largest and most-well funded hate and defamation group in the history of mankind: the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL. The organization was originally called the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith after its parent group, the Jewish fraternal order Bnai Brith (meaning Sons of the Covenant, or, literally, Sons of the Cut referring to circumcision). (ILLUSTRATION: Abraham Foxman, director of the ADL)

The ADL was founded in the immediate aftermath of the conviction of Atlanta Bnai Brith President Leo Frank for the strangulation and sex murder of a 13-year-old factory girl, Mary Phagan. The international Jewish community did not believe that Frank should have been convicted. They had mounted a huge press, publicity, legal, and lobbying campaign to convince officials and the public that a Black man, James Conley, was the real killer. But the evidence against Frank was so strong and the evidence against Conley so thin that the Southern, all White, and doubtless philo-Semitic (like most of the Christian South) jury unanimously convicted Leo Frank and sentenced him to hang. Two months after Franks conviction, on October 20, 1913, the ADL was formed. To this day, the ADL and its allies promote the fiction that Franks conviction was a result of anti-Semitism and use the case a rallying cry to garner support and funding. (100 Reasons Leo Frank is Guilty, The American Mercury, 26 April 2013)

The ADL operates as a private intelligence agency, sending spies, infiltrators, disruptors, and agents provocateurs into the camps both Jewish and non-Jewish of those who disagree with its radically pro-Israel and Jewish supremacist agenda. Also like an intelligence agency, it maintains a huge database containing personal information on politicians, writers, dissidents, activists, publishers, bloggers, and even unaffiliated private citizens so that should any of these people get out of line, in the opinion of the ADL they can be threatened, exposed, blackmailed, and thus silenced with maximum effectiveness.

In 1993, an ADL operative, Roy Bullock, was caught corrupting police officials and illegally obtaining police files to add to the ADLs dossiers on thought criminals Left and Right. Despite this, the ADL audaciously uses its money and influence to educate law enforcement officials through a subsidiary called the Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network (LEARN), which uses persuasive techniques to convince police authorities that individuals and groups that the ADL dislikes are dangerous criminals and that the ADL and its allies are public-spirited, beneficial groups.

Ironically, considering its name, one of the main techniques used by the ADL, and for which its massive intelligence archive is most useful, is public defamation of those who the ADL has declared are its enemies.

The ADL is headquartered in New York City and has 29 offices in major cities in the United States, one in Israel, and two known offices in other countries. Abraham Foxman has been national director of the group since 1987. It has an admitted annual U.S. budget of $55 million, with listed assets in 2011 of $171 million.

The Bullock Case

In 1993, an ADL agent named Roy Bullock, a San Francisco art dealer and fairly well-known in the homosexual community there, whose specialty was the infiltration of patriotic, Arab-American, and other organizations on behalf of the League, was found to have in his possession illegally obtained and highly private and personal data on his targets data which could only have been obtained from police and other confidential government files; data that was also discovered in the files of the ADL itself when police raided ADL headquarters in San Francisco and Los Angeles as result of Bullocks exposure.

According to the Los Angeles Times of 9th April, 1993, Police on Thursday served search warrants on the Anti-Defamation League here and in Los Angeles, seizing evidence of a nationwide intelligence network accused of keeping files on more than 950 political groups, newspapers, and labor unions and as many as 12,000 people.

Describing the spy operations in great detail, San Francisco authorities simultaneously released voluminous documents telling how operatives of the Anti-Defamation League searched through trash and infiltrated organizations to gather intelligence an Arab-American, right-wing, and what they called pinko organizations.

Police allege that the organization maintains undercover operatives to gather political intelligence in at least seven cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Groups that were the focus of the spy operation span the political spectrum, including such groups as the Ku Klux Klan, the White Aryan Resistance, Greenpeace, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Farm Workers, and the Jewish Defense League. Also on the list were Mills College, the board of directors of San Francisco public television station KQED, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper.

People who were subjects of the spy operation included former Republican Representative Pete McCloskey, jailed political extremist Lyndon LaRouche and Los Angeles Times correspondent Scott Kraft, who is based in South Africa.

In addition to allegations of obtaining confidential information from police, the Anti-Defamation League could face a total of 48 felony counts for not properly reporting the employment of its chief West Coast spy, Roy Bullock, according to the affidavit filed to justify the search warrant. (ADL Vows to Cooperate With Spy Investigation, Los Angeles Times, 9 April, 1993)

Ill interrupt the article to inform you that those 48 felony counts were somehow suppressed and the ADL was never prosecuted. A sweetheart deal was worked out in 2000 under which the ADL admitted no wrongdoing, paid an out-of-court settlement of under $200,000 part of it for legal fees and the rest to charitable groups which fight hate (in other words, the kind of groups the ADL would support anyway one such group was the Hate Crimes Reward Fund), issued a weak apology for dealing with fact finders who had violated the law, supposedly without the knowledge of the ADL, and then had the unbelievable audacity to reaffirm their right to spy on any group and anyone just as they always have!

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The Anti-Defamation League disguised payments to Bullock for more than 25 years by funneling $550 a week to Beverly Hills attorney Bruce I. Hochman, who then paid Bullock, according to the documents released in San Francisco. Hochman, a former president of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles and one of the states leading tax attorneys, will be out of the city until late next week and could not be reached for comment, his office said.

Until 1990, Hochman, a former U.S. prosecutor, also was a member of a panel appointed by then-Senator Pete Wilson to secretly make initial recommendations on new federal judges in California. Hochman is a former regional president of the Anti-Defamation League.

David Lehrer, executive director of the Los Angeles ADL office, said the organization has not violated the law.

But in an affidavit filed to obtain warrants for Thursdays searches, San Francisco police allege that ADL employees were apparently less than truthful in providing information in an earlier search conducted without a warrant.

The police affidavit contends that Lehrer had sole control of a secret fund used to pay for fact-finding operations. Lehrer, according to the documents, signed checks from the account under the name L. Patterson.

League officials will not confirm or deny whether Bullock was an employee and have said they simply traded information with police departments about people who might be involved in hate crimes.

Ill add here that the category of crime called hate crimes was virtually invented by the ADL. The purpose of such laws is to add extra penalties for acts which are already crimes under existing statutes like murder, assault, etc. if the perpetrator can be shown to have held prejudiced or hateful views which might have motivated his actions. Under hate crime laws, American citizens would receive different sentences for the same crime, depending on whether or not their thoughts are Politically Correct on issues relating to homosexuality, race, nationality, and politics. That such laws might have a chilling effect on free speech for a thoughtful person would now realize that his every utterance on sensitive topics might someday be used against him in a court of law, should he be required to defend himself with force someday or even have an argument with a member of a protected class was probably the ADLs intention all along.

Enter Tom Gerard

From the Los Angeles Times, 13th April, 1993:

To the outside world, Roy Bullock was a small-time art dealer who operated from his house in the Castro District. In reality, he was an undercover spy who picked through garbage and amassed secret files for the Anti-Defamation League for nearly 40 years.

His code name at the prominent Jewish organization was Cal, and he was so successful at infiltrating political groups that he was once chosen to head an Arab-American delegation that visited Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) in her Washington, D.C. office.

For a time, Cal tapped into the phone message system of White Aryan Resistance From police sources, he obtained privileged, personal information on at least 1,394 people. And he met surreptitiously with agents of the South African government to trade his knowledge for crisp, new $100 bills.

These are among the secrets that Bullock and David Gurvitz, a former Los Angeles-based [ADL] operative, divulged in extensive interviews with police and the FBI in a growing scandal over the nationwide intelligence network operated by the Anti-Defamation League.

Transcripts of the interviews among nearly 700 pages of documents released by San Francisco prosecutors last week offer new details of the private spy operation that authorities allege crossed the line into illegal territory.

At times, the intelligence activities took on a cloak-and-dagger air with laundered payments, shredded documents, hotel rendezvous with foreign agents and code names.

On one occasion, Gurvitz recounts, he received a tip that a pro-Palestinian activist was about to board a plane bound for Haifa, Israel. Although the Anti-Defamation League publicly denies any ties to Israel, Gurvitz phoned an Israeli consular official to warn them. Shortly thereafter, another [Israeli government] official called Gurvitz back and debriefed him.

The court papers also added to the mystery of Tom Gerard, a former CIA agent and San Francisco police officer accused of providing confidential material from police files to the Anti-Defamation League Bullock said it was Gerard who sold official police intelligence. Bullock said he split about $16,000 evenly with Gerard, telling him at one point, I may be gay, but Im a straight arrow.

Gerard fled to the Philippines last fall after he was interviewed by the FBI, but left behind a briefcase in his police locker. Its contents included passports, drivers licenses, and identification cards in 10 different names; identification cards in his own name for four different embassies in Central America; and a collection of blank birth certificates, Army discharge papers, and official stationery from various agencies.

Also in the briefcase were extensive information on death squads, a black hood, apparently for use in interrogations, and photos of blindfolded and chained men.

Investigators suspect that Gerard and other police sources gave the ADL confidential drivers license or vehicle registration information on a vast number of people, including as many as 4,500 members of one target group, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Each case of obtaining such data from a law enforcement officer could constitute a felony, San Francisco Police Inspector Ron Roth noted in an affidavit for a search warrant. (New Details of Extensive ADL Spy Operation Emerge, Los Angeles Times, 13 April, 1993)

Now were up to 4,500 felonies. Was the ADL brought to justice for even one of them? No. And what was revealed in the Gerard case was just the work of one ADL operative and one group which the ADL had targeted! Evidence seized from Bullocks computer indicate that the ADL was using him to compile data on individuals belonging to over 950 groups and Bullock is just one agent. The rest of that iceberg must be most impressive.

As for Gerard himself whom the ADL had sent on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel two years before his arrest he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a police computer and was sentenced to three years probation, 45 days in jail, and a $2,500 fine.

The New York Daily News for 9th April, 1993 informs us that these were no rogue agents the illegal spying was controlled directly from the ADLs central office in New York City:

Police in San Francisco and Los Angeles yesterday seized documents from a prominent Jewish-American organization accused of amassing confidential information sometimes illegally on thousands of people in the United States.

The alleged operation was directed from the New York City offices of the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, ABC News reported last night.

The ADL has long been one of the most respected civil rights organizations in the country, tracking hate crimes and exposing prejudice.

But ABC said that for several decades the spying operation has snooped into the records and activities of more than 10,000 people in the United States, including many who simply opposed the policies of Israel and South Africa.

The report identified the leader of the intelligence ring as Irwin Suall.

Sources told the Daily News that Suall is one of about 15 people in the ADLs research department in Manhattan. Neither Suall or other ADL officials could be reached for comment.

Were talking about the use of information from Department of Motor Vehicles files, other confidential files of state and local agencies, illegally furnished and illegally received by private agencies, San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith told ABC. ( Mark Mooney, New York Daily News, 9 April, 1993)

Irwin Suall, the former National Secretary of the Socialist Party of America, was the chief of the fact-finding (that is, espoionage) division of the ADL from 1967 to 1997. According to the Baltimore Sentinel for September, 1993 In a memo dated July, 1992, Suall praised Roy Bullock as our number one investigator just months before Bullocks illegal activities were exposed. (Is the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith Spying on You?, Bill Hughes, Baltimore Sentinel, September 1993)

According to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the ADL offered money to corrupt law enforcement officers and officials in return for illegally-obtained personal information that was supposed to have been destroyed. How many of these corrupt officials were never prosecuted, and how many were recruited during the educational conferences, and trips to Israel, arranged for them by the ADLs law enforcement liaison division? The Report states:

After COINTELPRO, a still-controversial FBI operation to destabilize black nationalist and other groups in the 60s and 70s, the FBI, state and local law enforcement authorities were ordered out of the business of gathering information about legitimate political activity by American citizens. But in some major American cities, law enforcement files relating to legitimate and Constitutionally protected political activities that had been ordered destroyed instead found their way to the offices of the ADL, which quickly became a clearinghouse for such illegally obtained and illegally retained information.

The absence of the FBI, state, and local police investigators in the field therefore created a void the ADL rushed to fill, with remarkable success, by increasing its in-house fact-finding assets and capabilities and developing enhanced working relationships with official friends government officials, investigators, and intelligence officers. Some of these were the officials who had not destroyed files of illegally obtained materials, or had made private copies of the official files before they were destroyed in compliance with the court order.

The ADL favored many of its official friends with expense-paid trips to Israel, where they met with and were entertained by friendly officers of Israels espionage and counter-intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet, thus creating a major conduit for the flow of sensitive and useful U.S. domestic political intelligence to Israels spymasters in Tel Aviv. (Los Angeles Court Hands Down Final Judgment in Anti-Defamation League Illegal Surveillance Case, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 1999)

Despite its obvious and admitted ties with the state of Israel, and its agenda of advancing Israels policy objectives, and gaining power to blackmail or otherwise intimidate perceived enemies of Israel, the ADL has never been required to register as a foreign agent as other, far more benign, organizations have been required to do.

ADLs former National Director Benjamin Epstein, in an internal letter disclosed during discovery proceedings in a lawsuit against the ADL in 1970, spoke with pride about the close cooperation that existed between the ADL and Israels intelligence apparatus. In his 1988 autobiography, ADL general counsel Arnold Forster specifically named the Mossad as as having a close connection with the League . The Mossad routinely engages in political assassinations of those it deems to be Israels enemies around the world. (Square One, Arnold Forster. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1988)

More Than Just Spying?

According to investigator William Norman Grigg, Bullock did much more than spy for his ADL bosses: In 1993, it was discovered that Roy Bullock had been attempting to arrange a political marriage between the Institute for Historical Review, a holocaust revisionist organization, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (AADC) so the ADL could out [AADC] members as neo-Nazis. (William Norman Grigg, ADL Campaign Against Tolerance, New American, September 19, 1994)

But it wasnt just Bullock, and it wasnt just setting victims up for bigger and better smears. One ADL agent provocateur had a role as a leader and speaker for groups targeted by the ADL doubtlessly steering the clueless radicals in directions helpful to the ADL agenda and against their own interests. And he also staged completely phony extremist incidents for the media to inflame fears of racism and anti-Semitic violence.

Investigative journalist Laird Wilcox tells us: James Mitchell Rosenberg, a career infiltrator for the Anti-Defamation League, regularly attended and was a speaker at Ku Klux Klan rallies and meetings of the Mountain Church in Cohoctah, MI, considered a gathering place for neo-Nazis of all kinds. For the benefit of television reporters, Rosenberg also posed as a leader of a para-military group called the Christian Patriots Defense League which was the subject of a breathless expos entitled Armies of the Right. In 1981, Rosenberg and an associate were arrested on a New York City rooftop and charged with carrying an unregistered rifle. The two were posing as paramilitary extremists for a photographic fabrication exaggerating the threat from the far right. The charges were subsequently dropped at the request [of] the ADLs Irwin Suall, Rosenbergs direct supervisor. (The Watchdogs, Laird Wilcox, Editorial Research Service, Olathe, Kansas, 1998)

And these are just the ADL agents who have come to public attention and been exposed in the newspapers. Do you really believe that they were rare, exceptional cases? Or were they part of a much, much larger coordinated operation? With its multimillion-dollar budget and cozy relationship with corrupt law enforcement officials and with murderous intelligence agencies and their unfathomably deep pockets how many undiscovered agents does the ADL employ, and what might their functions be?

Seeing Anti-Semitism Where There Is None

In Denver, Colorado in 1994, an argument over pets and garden plants betweeen two couples next door neighbors became the focus of ADL public relations and legal action because of the alleged anti-Semitism of one of the couples toward the other, who were Jewish.

Candace and Mitchell Aronson were the Jewish neighbors of William and Dorothy Quigley.

The Aronsons used a VHF scanner radio to listen in on the cordless telephone conversations of the Quigleys. They heard Mrs. Quigley discuss with a friend it turns out, in joking tones a possible campaign to drive the Aronsons from the neighborhood by frightening them with pictures of ovens and throwing gas at one of the Aronsons children. Mrs. Quigley was also heard wishing that the Aronsons would be killed in a suicide bombing. Although the conversations were obviously facetious, and at one point Mrs. Quigley even said she was saying some sick things, the Aronsons decided to contact the Denver office of the ADL.

Upon the advice of the ADL, the Aronsons began recording the Quigleys private telephone conversations an illegal act. Astoundingly, ADL attorneys then advised the Aronsons to use the illegal recordings as the basis for a federal civil lawsuit against the Quigleys for ethnic intimidation. Meanwhile, the ADL defamation and PR machine geared up to expose yet another anti-Semitic incident and, not coincidentally, totally ruin the Quigleys lives.

Saul Rosenthal, Regional Director of the ADL, appeared at a news conference describing the Quigleys as engaging in a vicious anti-Semitic campaign. Rosenthal also appeared in local media making the same claims, and succesfully urged local prosecutors to use the tape recordings in filing criminal charges against the Quigleys.

The Quigleys became pariahs in their own community, receiving so many threats that they felt compelled to hire security guards. Animal feces was sent to their home. Mr. Quigleys lost his job at United Artists. The family had to drive long distances to shop in stores where they would not be recognized.

However, the cases against them quickly began to fall apart. The local prosecutor dropped the charges upon hearing the obviously non-threatening nature of the conversations. He even apologized to the Quigleys and publicly stated that the accusations against them were untrue. The federal case was dead because the recordings were themselves illegal and therefore inadmissible,

The Quigleys countersued the ADL, Rosenthal, the Aronsons, and two ADL volunteer attorneys. Ultimately the Quigleys received a judgement of some $12 million, including interest, in their favor for the devastation that the Aronsons and the ADL had caused in their lives. (By the way, the Quigleys employed a Jewish lawyer, Jay Horowitz, to argue their case.)

The ADL probably lost this one case only because they were not fully conversant with wiretap law. Had they not tripped up on that technicality, they, their well-funded attorneys, and their massive PR machine (aided by an ADL-friendly media) would have prevailed and the Quigleys would have been forgotten, impoverished, possibly imprisoned, and without recourse. How many other cases have there been? how many unsung victims of the ADL have suffered that fate or worse?

Crime Connections

The ADL operates much like an organized crime gang, as their intimidation and in-your-face life-ruining tactics make clear. And thats not just a result of overzealousness or an unreasoning fear of persecution. The ADL has direct connections to numerous notorious crime figures:

Meyer Lansky, one of the architects of modern organized crime in the United States and connected woth Murder, Incorporated, was a strong supporter of and donor to the ADL. His granddaughter, Mira Lansky Boland, was an ADL official ironically, her position is listed as liaison to law enforcement. She arranged expense-paid luxury tours to Israel, the world capital of sex trafficking, for certain key law enforcement officials who had something to offer the ADL in return among them Tom Gerard.

Moe Dalitz, organized crime boss of Las Vegas, was a long-time supporter of the ADL and a close friend of Meyer Lansky. In 1982, Dalitz received the Torch of Liberty award from the ADL.

Theodore Silbert, mafia front man worked simultaneously for the ADL and the Sterling National Bank (a mafia operation controlled by the Lansky syndicate).

Michael Milken, convicted financial criminal of junk bond fame, was a major contributor to the ADL.

Marc Rich, international fugitive and financial criminal was hiding out in Switzerland to avoid prosecution for his crimes when he wrote a check for $100,000 to the ADL, who then proceeded to pull the necessary strings. He was then pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office. Rich later admitted he had worked with the ADL-linked Mossad for years, and Israeli officials also intervened on his behalf with Clinton.

Jewish Critiques

The ADL routinely smears those who have criticized its goals and methods by calling them anti-Semites an amazing, invented word, by the way: No other ethnicity, so far as I know, has created a comparable neologism to demonize, isolate, and ostracize its critics. But so outrageous has been the behavior of the ADL that it has garnered much criticism from Jewish writers, activists, and dissenters from the mainstream Jewish establishment.

Noam Chomsky, leftist Jewish activist and Professor of Linguistics at MIT on the ADL: [O]ne 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) [The ADL is] engaged in surveillance, blacklisting, compilation of FBI-style files circulated to adherents for the purpose of defamation, angry public responses to criticism of Israeli actions, and so on. These efforts, buttressed by insinuations of anti-Semitism or direct accusations, are intended to deflect or undermine opposition to Israeli policies

Robert Friedman, liberal Jewish journalist, says of the ADL: [T]he largest private spy agency in America Through its 31 offices across the country, the ADL monitors school curricula, library acquisition lists, and public conferences and symposiums, working behind the scenes to stifle intellectual freedom. (Robert I. Friedman, The Jewish Thought Police, Village Voice, July 27, 1993)

Norman Finkelstein, Jewish author and academic, says of the ADLs long-time director Abraham Foxman that he is a hoodlum and a thug. (Defamation, video documentary, 1999 see link in references)

Monty Warner, conservative Jewish writer and director of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, says that the ADL has devolved into an opportunistic, intolerant, grief-grubbing stench and says of ADL boss Abraham Foxman that he is a disgrace to my religion.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, a Jewish religious group called ADL leader Abraham Foxman Our own worst enemy. Toward Tradition said it picked Foxman from among other representatives of the Anti-Semitism industry because of his pivotal role in former president Clintons pardon of fugitive Jewish financial criminal Marc Rich: After the ADL received a $100,000 check from the Rich Foundation, Foxman wrote to Bill Clinton urging the pardon.

Midge Decter, Dennis Prager, and 75 prominent Jewish writers and leaders issued a public statement in 1994 charging the ADL with engaging in defamation in the ADLs attacks on rightists and Christians, routinely using such discreditable techniques as insinuation and guilt by association by finding and publicizing links between its targets and allegedly more radical (read: already smeared) figures in its voluminous dossiers of personal information obtained largely through espionage.

Steve Zeltzer, Jewish labor activist and himself a victim of ADL spying, states of the ADL: They have always had enemies lists, and they have always wanted to control the flow of information.

The ADL and the post-9/11 National Security State

Post-9/11 hysteria led Americans into illegal and unjustified wars in the Middle East and has brought us such unconstitutional erosions of our rights as the misnamed Patriot Act and its secret laws, secret courts, secret trials, and secret prisons; the massive illegal spying operations of the NSA and other agencies; and the maintenance of a kill list under which anyone on Earth can be marked for death by the President. Within months after the attacks, the ADL had already organized conferences to help the secret police take advantage of their new ill-gotten powers as this ADL press release makes clear:

ADL Press Release June 6, 2002

More than 500 representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were briefed on extremist and terrorist threats during a daylong conference co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The May 31 program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, was an outgrowth of ADLs longtime involvement in providing information and training to law enforcement on threats posed by extremists. The conference, Extremist and Terrorist Threats: Protecting America After 9/11? included presentations from ADL, FBI and other nationally recognized experts on extremist groups, investigative techniques, counterterrorism strategies, domestic security and threat assessment.

Now more than ever, law enforcement must have the resources and know-how to prevent future acts of terrorism, said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. In order to assess threats against the United States, law enforcement must have credible information about domestic and foreign extremists whose rhetoric promotes violence. Through our network of regional offices and our experts in the field, ADL is uniquely suited to aid in the war against terrorism. This conference was an opportunity for law enforcement and extremism watchdogs to compare notes and forge alliances.

Somehow I doubt that Roy Bullocks name was brought up at the meeting.

Rabbi Spitzs Vision

It seems that the Anti-Defamation League has taken to heart the words of Rabbi Leon Spitz, writing in The American Hebrew of March 1, 1946: American Jews too must come to grips with our contemporary anti-Semites. We must fill our jails with anti-Semitic gangsters, we must fill our insane asylums with anti-Semitic lunatics, we must combat every alien Jew-hater, we must harass and prosecute our Jew baiters to the extreme limits of the laws, we must humble and shame our anti-Semitic hoodlums to such an extent that none will wish to dare to become fellow-travelers. (Glamorous Purim Formula, Rabbi Leon Spitz, The American Hebrew, March 1, 1946)

Spitz is speaking in coded language, but the veil is rather thin. Hes not talking about prosecuting criminals per se, for the whole force of law enforcement was already doing that when he spoke.

Hes calling for for especially intense scrutiny of perceived anti-Semites by law enforcement, and the use of any and all technical violations that might be discovered to prosecute them. In our law-happy society, its doubtful that anyone could escape such close scrutiny unscathed Google the Internet meme three felonies a day if you dont believe me.

He doesnt actually believe that gangsters are disproportionately anti-Semitic in fact, no one has ever alleged that. What hes saying is that the perceived enemies of the Jewish people should be criminalized in the public mind and in the minds of law enforcement officers so that they will be treated like gangsters. And that, in fact, is what the ADL has done, with their close liaisons with police (and secret police) authorities, alerting them to the dangers of patriot militia hate groups, traditionalist religious groups, alleged neo-Nazis, and the like those whom the ADL sees as vociferous critics of Israel or Jewish power. In fact, few of these groups have any desire to harm Jews in any way, though they may criticize the ADL, Israel, or other parts of the Jewish establishment.

Criticism of Jews as Jews, or public doubt of their tales of suffering in World War 2, is a prosecutable offense in some countries today, in part due to the lobbying activities of the ADL and its allies.

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Bringing back old pictures – The Jewish Standard

When Eric Mayer of Wayne, who was born in Worms, Germany, escaped the Holocaust, and has devoted his life to preserving the memory of the worlds it demolished, and to the state of Israel, has a project in mind, that project happens.

Recently, his attention has been focused on the Foundation for Preserving the Visual History of the Jewish People, a foundation on whose small board he sits.

Last week, at the foundations dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan in a room whose huge windows overlook New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, whose presence makes it hard to forget our past its founders talked with passion about the images that are disintegrating, taking parts of our past with it.

Vanessa Lappa is a film director, Tomer Eliav is a sound designer, both are Israeli, and both are film producers. Together, they worked on a documentary, The Decent One, about Heinrich Himmler. The film took eight years to make; four of those years were spent on archival research, all over Europe, in more than 30 countries, Ms. Lappa said. They learned that there is a vast amount of footage of our Jewish history all over the world, she said, but it is not in one place. It is not in one archive.

Lets say that in about 90 percent of the archives worldwide, no matter how big or how small, in any country, there are film reels and nobody knows their contents. Its in a corner or a cupboard or on a shelf; its disintegrating. There are rooms with hundreds and hundreds of reels, thousands of them, all disintegrating.

The oldest one she knows of is from 1897, she said, but there may be some that are older.

There are some films and stills that we see often, but you always see the same footage, Mr. Eliav said. But most of the footage is never published.

There are many images taken during the Holocaust, but there also are many that show Jewish life before then, and it is vitally important to preserve those pictures as well, the filmmakers said.

These two pictures show Sir Winston Churchill in Jerusalem in 1921; the one above is the original, and the one below has been restored.

Because there are so very many images, so very much work to do, they must prioritize it. Their triage plan is to allow donors to chose which of the many subjects the images show to chose the one that is closest to their hearts, Mr. Eliav said. Once the broad field is chosen, the work will focus first on the most decayed images; the goal is to preserve as much as possible.

The foundations goal is to find, document, contextualize, and digitize the images, and to make it available both to researchers and to the general public. Its very important to make it available to the public free of charge, Ms. Lappa said.

Its the kind of idea that makes sense intuitively, but its far harder to implement than it is to grasp, the filmmakers said. Thats why it was so encouraging to them when Mr. Meyer began to run with the idea.

I got interested in it from a historical point of view, he said. I think that it is very important as a teaching tool, a visual witness to our history. It is something that needs to be told to a younger generation of Jews, who are falling away from our history.

Hes put Ms. Lappa and Mr. Eliav in touch with Cory Bookers office; New Jerseys junior U.S. senator is working to allow their images to be available through the Library of Congress.

Abraham Foxman of Bergen County, the retired longtime head of the Anti-Defamation League, is a fan of Mr. Mayers, and he spoke at the dinner. There is so much to save, he said; there are worlds that will be lost to memory if their images are allowed to vanish. Vanessa and Tomer and also Eric care so much. They are so dedicated, and so talented, and so understated. Its that simple its not ego for them. Its that they really care.

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Abraham Foxman – StoryBrancher

Abraham Henry Foxman (born May 1, 1940) is an American lawyer.[4] He was National Director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1987 to 2015[5] and is currently the League’s National Director Emeritus. In March 2016 he became head of the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. [6]

Foxman, an only son, was born in Baranovichi, just months after the Soviet Union took the town from Poland in the MolotovRibbentrop Pact and incorporated it into the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. The town is now in Belarus. Foxman had Polish Jewish parents: Helen and Joseph Foxman.[2][7]

Foxman’s parents left him with his Polish Catholic nanny Bronislawa Kurpi in 1941 when they were ordered by Germans to enter a ghetto. Foxman was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as Henryk Stanislaw Kurpi, and raised as a Catholic in Vilnius between 1941 and 1944 when (after several legal custody battlesTemplate:Fix/category[citation needed]) he was returned to his parents.[8]

Foxman immigrated to the United States in 1950 with his parents.[7] He graduated from the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the City College of New York and graduated with honors in history. Foxman also holds a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He did graduate work in Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and in international economics at The New School.[9]

Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League in 1965 in its international affairs division. In 1987, he was the consensus choice of the Board to become its new National Director, replacing long-time director Nathan Perlmutter.[4][10]Template:Fix/category[non-primary source needed] In February 2014, Foxman announced his plans to step down as National Director of the ADL effective July 20, 2015 (the fiftieth anniversary of his first having joined the ADL).

Foxman has been awarded several honors from nonprofit groups, religious figures and statesmen. In 1998 Foxman received the Interfaith Committee of Remembrance Lifetime Achievement Award “as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination”.[11] Foxman won the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award on April 18, 2002, from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.[12]

On October 16, 2006, Foxman was awarded as Knight of the Legion of Honor by Jacques Chirac, the President of France at the time. This award is France’s highest civilian honor.[13]

On a May 22, 2008, ceremony, Foxman was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Yeshiva University by Richard Joel, the presiding president of Yeshiva University.

Additionally, President George W. Bush appointed Foxman to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israel in May 2008.[14]

Foxman’s support for gay rights in America placed him at odds with many Orthodox Jews. Concerning the former, which involved his protest in 20002001 of a case (Boy Scouts of America v. Dale) in which “the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America could exclude a gay scoutmaster because of his sexual orientation”; it was reported that “For many Jewish groups that work with the Boy Scouts mainly Reform temples and Jewish community centers the ensuing year has been marked by soul-searching, as they grappled with whether they should end their ties to the organization because of the organization’s stance on gays,” and that “Within the Jewish community, Orthodox groups supported the ruling, saying civic organizations should be empowered to determine their own message but most Jewish organizations condemned it as endorsing discrimination.” According to that report published a year later, in 2001, “the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, and its national chairman, Howard Berkowitz, said in a statement at the time: “We are stunned that in the year 2000 the Supreme Court could issue such a decision. … This decision effectively states that as long as an organization avows an anti-homosexual position, it is free to discriminate against gay and lesbian Americans.”[15]

Foxman has received criticism from Jewish and non-Jewish quarters for his antagonist approach to the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and its director Mel Gibson.[16] In September 2003, during the pre-release controversy, Foxman called Gibson “the portrait of an anti-Semite”.[17] The next day he said, “I’m not ready to say he’s an anti-Semite”, but that Gibson “entertains views that can only be described as anti-Semitic”.[18] In November 2003, Foxman said of Gibson, “I think he’s infected, seriously infected, with some very, very serious anti-Semitic views.”[19] When Diane Sawyer asked him in February 2004 if Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite and whether The Passion of the Christ is an anti-Semitic movie, Foxman said no to both questions.[20] Foxman was also criticized for his initial response to Gibson’s apology for his behavior during his 2006 DUI arrest and for giving second billing to the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting that occurred on the same day.[21] Foxman accepted Gibson’s second apology, although he continued to censure Gibson publicly, saying in 2008, “In his heyday, he was No. 1 in Hollywood, the most sought-after star, the people’s choice, the icon. Then he revealed himself as an anti-Semite, and look where he is today. That’s the beauty of America.”[22] Foxman continued to condemn Gibson for The Passion of the Christ, saying in 2008, “What he was doing was giving credibility, on film, in our lifetime, to deicide. Where is Mel Gibson today? He did his movie, and one day he revealed himself to the American people. He’s no icon anymore.”[23]

In July 2007, Foxman’s opposition to a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide drew much criticism. “I don’t think congressional action will help reconcile the issue. The resolution takes a position; it comes to a judgment,” said Foxman in a statement issued to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “The Turks and Armenians need to revisit their past. The Jewish community shouldn’t be the arbiter of that history, nor should the U.S. Congress.” Sharistan Melkonian, chairwoman of the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, accused Foxman of engaging in “genocide denial” in an interview with The Boston Globe.[24] Various New England communities threatened to sever ties with the ADL-sponsored “No Place for Hate” program in response.[25] In August 2007, Foxman publicly affirmed the position of the Anti-Defamation League, “that the consequences of [the Ottoman government’s] actions were indeed tantamount to genocide”, but that a United States Congressional recognition of this history was unnecessary and not helpful.[26] He went on to state, “we continue to firmly believe that a Congressional Resolution on such matters is a counterproductive diversion and will not foster reconciliation between Turks and Armenians. We will not hesitate to apply the term ‘genocide’ in the future.” Foxman additionally sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing regret over the difficulty his position caused for the government of Turkey: “We had no intention to put the Turkish people or its leaders in a difficult position.”[27]

Several critics have spoken against Foxman’s opposition to the Park51 Islamic community center near the World Trade Center site, citing hypocrisy, since ADL’s mission statement says it seeks “to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.” Fareed Zakaria, a recipient of ADL’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize, has returned the prize and its $10,000 honorarium, saying that he “cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it.” Zakaria has “urged the ADL to reverse its decision.”[28]

Defamation (2009): Filmmaker Yoav Shamir profiles Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman in this documentary about antisemitism.[29]

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Why don’t anti-fascists fight Islamofascism? – New Delhi Times

By Tarek Fatah, Author & Columnist, Canada

Seventy-two years ago this Friday, on May 5, 1945, Hitlers fascist dream of a Thousand Year Reich lay in ruins, as Berlin fell to the Red Army, only to find the ashes of the Fuhrer who had shot himself five days earlier. On the very day Berlin fell to the Soviets, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an appraisal of the long-term policy required to safeguard the strategic interests of the British Empire in India and the Indian Ocean. Two weeks later, Churchill received the top-secret report that, among other proposals, cited the necessity of a British presence in northwest India (todays Pakistan) from which British air power could threaten Soviet military installations.

When this was brought to the attention of the leaders of Indias freedom movement, they made it clear to Britain they would not accept British bases on Indian soil after independence. On the other hand, the leader of the All Indian Muslim League, M. A. Jinnah, was amenable to the idea, and so was laid the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that would serve the West in fighting Moscow. Its no coincidence that within a few years, Pakistan joined the West in two military pacts against Moscow SEATO and CENTO.

Today, a new fascism is in the air, one that also speaks of rule over the planet, not just for 1,000 years, but until the end times. But like the rise of fascism in Germany, Italy and Spain in the 1930s, the West and its citizenry again seem unconcerned or unaware of the catastrophe that may unfold. Even in the 1930s, when the Spanish Republic stood up to the Hitler-backed fascists of Francisco Franco, the UK and US refused to help the elected government in Madrid, leaving it to left-wing activists from around the world to join the war on the side of the Republic.

These included Canadian volunteers of the Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade (popularly known as the Mac Paps). Todays fascists have an additional advantage over the Franco-Mussolini-Hitler types. They are Islamofascists, who not only seek authoritarian supremacy, but claim to possess a divinely ordained doctrine to justify annihilating democracy, liberty, freedom of expression and the equality of men and women. I am not just referring to ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Shabab in Somalia or Boko Haram in Nigeria. These are the fringes of Islamofascism.

The two main players are in Pakistan, created by Britain and armed by America, and the authoritarian dictatorship of Turkey, that is still sustained by NATO. Unlike the years leading up to the last Great War against fascism, this time the left in the West has deviated from its historic role and is today an ally of the Islamists. Two recent incidents highlight this problem.

In India, the Islamic University of Jamia Milli has conferred an honourary doctorate on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the dictators vicious crackdown on dissenting Turks and ruthless treatment of minority Kurds. And in the United States, the City University of New York has invited radical Muslim activist, Linda Sarsour, to deliver a commencement address June 1.

Abraham Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League, says, Shes [Sarsour] a bigot, and she shouldnt have been invited [to CUNY]. With universities honouring such individuals, where does an old-fashioned AntiFa (anti-fascist) like me, whose licence plate says, Mac Pap, go?

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NEW YORK CITY’S ONLY ALL-GIRLS SOCCER CLUB – Tribeca Citizen

AU CHEVAL IN CHIBECA? Evidence suggests that the new restaurant at Walker and Cortlandt Alley will be a branch of Chicagos popular Au Cheval (above).

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NOSY NEIGHBOR Do you know of any plans to construct at 74 Hudson? Seems like it would be too valuable to just remain a parking garage. Im looking at moving to the area but if theres going to be noisy construction and the disappearance of light, Im not sure its a good idea. L. The answer.

SEEN & HEARD 5/8: Wine bar on W. Broadway? Plus: Il Mulino clarification; a peek inside Canal Street Markets food hall; meeting about local transportation issues; Abraham Foxman on his life as a hidden child; rally for loft tenants. 5/10: How cops evade tolls (above). Plus: Max restaurant was awarded the Quality Approved seal; Mmuseumms new exhibits are about to open; Cricketers Arms space is for rent; spring celebration at Duane Park; Welcome to New York signage.

SOME IMPROVEMENT AT THE FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR Anecdotally, last weekends Five Boro Bike Tour appears to have been a bit less bothersome than in recent years, but there were still complaints, and a resident measured the noise with a sound meter.

THE FOOD VENDORS AT CANAL STREET MARKET Theyll be serving ramen, grain bowls, sushi burritos, pie, ice cream, dumplings, and more. The full list.

IN THE NEWS 5/9: Prison towers. Plus: Ichimura review; Battery Maritime Building stalled; the leak in the World Trade Center Oculus; Greenwich Street retail condo sold. 5/10: Subway racer. Plus: Nicola Formichettis apartment (above); Tutto Il Giorno owners to open Hudson Yards restaurant; Seaport demolition could foreshadow a supertall tower.

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US Jewish Leaders Express Outrage After Israel’s Western Wall Prayer Decision – Jewish Link of New Jersey

(JNS.org) American Jewish leaders reacted with outrage following the Israeli governments rescinding of a decision to create an egalitarian prayer pavilion at the Western Wall. The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition. The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status. American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to Diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said that the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divide between Diaspora Jews and Israel. The Reform movement canceled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu. We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and Diaspora Jewry. Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said that the decision will not affect her support for Israel. The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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The pavilion, which was originally approved by the Israeli cabinet in 2016, was slated to be constructed over a temporary mixed-gender prayer space established in 2013. For years, Americas Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have called for an egalitarian area outside of the Western Walls main prayer space, which separates men and women in accordance with Orthodox tradition. The Israeli haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, which form part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus governing coalition, have opposed the planned pavilion and said in a joint statement that the governments decision reflects the will of most of the nation that seeks to safeguard the Western Walls sanctity and status. American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris called the move a setback for Jewish unity. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the decision a slap in the face to diaspora Jews. Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said the Israeli cabinets action will only deepen the already accelerating divided between diaspora Jews and Israel. The Reform movement cancelled an upcoming meeting with Netanyahu. We cannot go about our scheduled meetings as if nothing has happened, said Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who cited an acute crisis between the Israeli government and diaspora Jewry. Yet Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, head of the Conservative movements Rabbinical Assembly, said the decision will not affect her support for Israel. The people of Israel still need our support and our love, and the fact that an unbelievably, spectacularly shortsighted government cannot see its way to understand the critical importance of unity of world Jewry is something that is the fault of the politicians, she said.

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Kushner and Greenblatt Will Encourage Israel to ‘Take Risks for Peace’ – Newsmax

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatts efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could encourage Israel to “take risks for peace,” if the U.S. shows strong support for Israel, Abraham Foxman, national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Algemeiner. Kushner, President Donald Trumps senior adviser, and Greenblatt, a special representative for international negotiations under the Trump administration, are working together to take a look at “all the possibilities” for creating more peace in the Middle East,The Algemeiner noted. “They say that Jason is a good listener. What he and Jared and their team are doing is studying all the possibilities,” Foxman said, according to The Algemeiner. Gestures such as the two men’s participation in official mourning of an Israeli border policewoman killed last week are a positive development, according to Foxman. “The U.S. is publicly embracing Israel that goes a long way when it comes to getting Israel to take risks,” he told The Algemeiner. “[President Donald] Trump isnt reliable, but he has a greater chance of getting Israel to take risks for peace because of his embrace and support.” Officials have stressed that reaching an agreement on peace will take time. “… (T)o the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region and possibly many trips by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to Washington D.C. or other locations as they pursue substantive talks,” a White House official said Sunday, according to Reuters. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has persisted since Israels occupation of the West Bank in 1967, The New York Times noted. “If you look at the issues, they are the same borders, Jerusalem, the refugees, settlements,” Foxman told The Algemeiner. “But the constellation in the neighborhood is now different, because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, between Sunni and Shia Islam.” Foxman said Israel will take actions toward peace only if the U.S. is in its corner. 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Kushner and Greenblatt’s Embrace Will Encourage Israel to ‘Take Risks for Peace,’ Says Former ADL Chief – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “Kushner and Greenblatts Embrace Will Encourage Israel to Take Risks for Peace, Says Former ADL Chief” to a friend ADL National Director Emeritus Abe Foxman. Photo: ADL. The new pushlaunched this week by Trump administration emissaries Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations has received a positive welcome from a prominent American Jewish leader with intimate knowledge of both the players and the pitfalls of peacemaking in the Middle East. They say that Jason is a good listener. What he and Jared and their team are doing is studying all the possibilities, Abraham Foxman who spent three decades at the helm of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and now serves as the Jewish organizations national director emeritus told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Though the White House has remained tight-lipped on the content of Kushner and Greenblatts discussions with leaders on both sides, an advisory issued earlier this week cautioned that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and added that there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region. June 22, 2017 1:03 pm But for Foxman, what is significant is not so much the issues that are holding up a resumption of direct negotiations, but the transformation of the atmosphere between the US and Israel. Until quite recently, the Americans would hesitate on a terrorist attack in Israel, Foxman said. Wed wonder, would the State Department say something? Would it be evenhanded?’ Jason Greenblattgoes from the plane to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem and then toa shiva call for a victim of terrorism andso does Jared, Foxman continued, referring to the participationof both men inthe official mourning period for Hadas Malka, the 23 year-old Israeli border policewoman murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem last Friday. Such gestures count, Foxman said, because Israel will take risks for peace only if it has the robust support of the US. The US is publicly embracing Israel that goes a long way when it comes to getting Israel to take risks, he asserted. [President Donald] Trump isnt reliable, but he has a greater chance of getting Israel to take risks for peace because of his embrace and support. By his own admission, Foxman is an optimist. If you look at the issues, they are the same borders, Jerusalem, the refugees, settlements, he said. But the constellation in the neighborhood is now different, because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, between Sunni and Shia Islam. This shifting balance of forces, he added, would not be enough to effect change without the essential element of close US-Israel ties that was missing from the previous Obama administration. Foxman said he was encouraged that Trump administration officials who are engaged with the Israeli-Palestinian issue realize thatits nota slam dunk. The only progress one can make is through interim arrangements. By way of illustration, Foxman recalled a visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with a high-level ADL delegation. At the end of the visit, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador to the US, offered the delegation his plane to take them to their next destination. I said to Bandar, Lets have the first flight between Riyadh and Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel, and he replied, Not yet, not yet, and we flew to Amman in Jordan instead, Foxman recalled. So were not going to have a dramatic outcome where suddenly Israelis are flying to Riyadh and embassies are opening everywhere. What you need first is permission for Israeli planes to overfly Saudi Arabia. Its those little things that count, and some of them are already happening behind the scenes. Foxman also praised the current administration for its uncompromising attituderegarding Palestinian incitement. Incitement is a serious issue that was never handled very seriously, he said. Now its being handled more seriously than before. On the vexed issue of PA payments to the families of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned by Israel, Foxman said that theres an understanding you cant make peace with those who glorify and reward those who are against peace. I think they will make progress on this, Foxman said of Kushner and Greenblatts ongoing diplomatic efforts, to which the egregious policy of the payments hasposed a consistent challenge. More broadly, Foxman is pleased by what he regards as a new consciousnessnot just in the US and the Middle East, but in Europe as well. In that regard, he cited recent decisions by the Norwegian and Dutch governments among others to end funding for Palestinian NGOs involved in incitement against Israel. That problem of hate, Foxman said, is what will make the difference between a cold peace and a warm peace.Because of that, peace is not going to be happen overnight, he noted. Thats not because the regions leaders dont see strategic and economic value in peace, Foxman concluded. Its because for years, all theyve taught is hatred. Not just the Palestinians and Iran, but Egypt and Jordan also.

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ADL: 100 Years of Hate | The American Mercury

Published by Editor on October 20, 2013 by Valdis Bell TODAY MARKS THE 100th anniversary of the largest and most-well funded hate and defamation group in the history of mankind: the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL. The organization was originally called the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith after its parent group, the Jewish fraternal order Bnai Brith (meaning Sons of the Covenant, or, literally, Sons of the Cut referring to circumcision). (ILLUSTRATION: Abraham Foxman, director of the ADL) The ADL was founded in the immediate aftermath of the conviction of Atlanta Bnai Brith President Leo Frank for the strangulation and sex murder of a 13-year-old factory girl, Mary Phagan. The international Jewish community did not believe that Frank should have been convicted. They had mounted a huge press, publicity, legal, and lobbying campaign to convince officials and the public that a Black man, James Conley, was the real killer. But the evidence against Frank was so strong and the evidence against Conley so thin that the Southern, all White, and doubtless philo-Semitic (like most of the Christian South) jury unanimously convicted Leo Frank and sentenced him to hang. Two months after Franks conviction, on October 20, 1913, the ADL was formed. To this day, the ADL and its allies promote the fiction that Franks conviction was a result of anti-Semitism and use the case a rallying cry to garner support and funding. (100 Reasons Leo Frank is Guilty, The American Mercury, 26 April 2013) The ADL operates as a private intelligence agency, sending spies, infiltrators, disruptors, and agents provocateurs into the camps both Jewish and non-Jewish of those who disagree with its radically pro-Israel and Jewish supremacist agenda. Also like an intelligence agency, it maintains a huge database containing personal information on politicians, writers, dissidents, activists, publishers, bloggers, and even unaffiliated private citizens so that should any of these people get out of line, in the opinion of the ADL they can be threatened, exposed, blackmailed, and thus silenced with maximum effectiveness. In 1993, an ADL operative, Roy Bullock, was caught corrupting police officials and illegally obtaining police files to add to the ADLs dossiers on thought criminals Left and Right. Despite this, the ADL audaciously uses its money and influence to educate law enforcement officials through a subsidiary called the Law Enforcement Agency Resource Network (LEARN), which uses persuasive techniques to convince police authorities that individuals and groups that the ADL dislikes are dangerous criminals and that the ADL and its allies are public-spirited, beneficial groups. Ironically, considering its name, one of the main techniques used by the ADL, and for which its massive intelligence archive is most useful, is public defamation of those who the ADL has declared are its enemies. The ADL is headquartered in New York City and has 29 offices in major cities in the United States, one in Israel, and two known offices in other countries. Abraham Foxman has been national director of the group since 1987. It has an admitted annual U.S. budget of $55 million, with listed assets in 2011 of $171 million. The Bullock Case In 1993, an ADL agent named Roy Bullock, a San Francisco art dealer and fairly well-known in the homosexual community there, whose specialty was the infiltration of patriotic, Arab-American, and other organizations on behalf of the League, was found to have in his possession illegally obtained and highly private and personal data on his targets data which could only have been obtained from police and other confidential government files; data that was also discovered in the files of the ADL itself when police raided ADL headquarters in San Francisco and Los Angeles as result of Bullocks exposure. According to the Los Angeles Times of 9th April, 1993, Police on Thursday served search warrants on the Anti-Defamation League here and in Los Angeles, seizing evidence of a nationwide intelligence network accused of keeping files on more than 950 political groups, newspapers, and labor unions and as many as 12,000 people. Describing the spy operations in great detail, San Francisco authorities simultaneously released voluminous documents telling how operatives of the Anti-Defamation League searched through trash and infiltrated organizations to gather intelligence an Arab-American, right-wing, and what they called pinko organizations. Police allege that the organization maintains undercover operatives to gather political intelligence in at least seven cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. Groups that were the focus of the spy operation span the political spectrum, including such groups as the Ku Klux Klan, the White Aryan Resistance, Greenpeace, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Farm Workers, and the Jewish Defense League. Also on the list were Mills College, the board of directors of San Francisco public television station KQED, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper. People who were subjects of the spy operation included former Republican Representative Pete McCloskey, jailed political extremist Lyndon LaRouche and Los Angeles Times correspondent Scott Kraft, who is based in South Africa. In addition to allegations of obtaining confidential information from police, the Anti-Defamation League could face a total of 48 felony counts for not properly reporting the employment of its chief West Coast spy, Roy Bullock, according to the affidavit filed to justify the search warrant. (ADL Vows to Cooperate With Spy Investigation, Los Angeles Times, 9 April, 1993) Ill interrupt the article to inform you that those 48 felony counts were somehow suppressed and the ADL was never prosecuted. A sweetheart deal was worked out in 2000 under which the ADL admitted no wrongdoing, paid an out-of-court settlement of under $200,000 part of it for legal fees and the rest to charitable groups which fight hate (in other words, the kind of groups the ADL would support anyway one such group was the Hate Crimes Reward Fund), issued a weak apology for dealing with fact finders who had violated the law, supposedly without the knowledge of the ADL, and then had the unbelievable audacity to reaffirm their right to spy on any group and anyone just as they always have! Continuing: The Anti-Defamation League disguised payments to Bullock for more than 25 years by funneling $550 a week to Beverly Hills attorney Bruce I. Hochman, who then paid Bullock, according to the documents released in San Francisco. Hochman, a former president of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles and one of the states leading tax attorneys, will be out of the city until late next week and could not be reached for comment, his office said. Until 1990, Hochman, a former U.S. prosecutor, also was a member of a panel appointed by then-Senator Pete Wilson to secretly make initial recommendations on new federal judges in California. Hochman is a former regional president of the Anti-Defamation League. David Lehrer, executive director of the Los Angeles ADL office, said the organization has not violated the law. But in an affidavit filed to obtain warrants for Thursdays searches, San Francisco police allege that ADL employees were apparently less than truthful in providing information in an earlier search conducted without a warrant. The police affidavit contends that Lehrer had sole control of a secret fund used to pay for fact-finding operations. Lehrer, according to the documents, signed checks from the account under the name L. Patterson. League officials will not confirm or deny whether Bullock was an employee and have said they simply traded information with police departments about people who might be involved in hate crimes. Ill add here that the category of crime called hate crimes was virtually invented by the ADL. The purpose of such laws is to add extra penalties for acts which are already crimes under existing statutes like murder, assault, etc. if the perpetrator can be shown to have held prejudiced or hateful views which might have motivated his actions. Under hate crime laws, American citizens would receive different sentences for the same crime, depending on whether or not their thoughts are Politically Correct on issues relating to homosexuality, race, nationality, and politics. That such laws might have a chilling effect on free speech for a thoughtful person would now realize that his every utterance on sensitive topics might someday be used against him in a court of law, should he be required to defend himself with force someday or even have an argument with a member of a protected class was probably the ADLs intention all along. Enter Tom Gerard From the Los Angeles Times, 13th April, 1993: To the outside world, Roy Bullock was a small-time art dealer who operated from his house in the Castro District. In reality, he was an undercover spy who picked through garbage and amassed secret files for the Anti-Defamation League for nearly 40 years. His code name at the prominent Jewish organization was Cal, and he was so successful at infiltrating political groups that he was once chosen to head an Arab-American delegation that visited Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) in her Washington, D.C. office. For a time, Cal tapped into the phone message system of White Aryan Resistance From police sources, he obtained privileged, personal information on at least 1,394 people. And he met surreptitiously with agents of the South African government to trade his knowledge for crisp, new $100 bills. These are among the secrets that Bullock and David Gurvitz, a former Los Angeles-based [ADL] operative, divulged in extensive interviews with police and the FBI in a growing scandal over the nationwide intelligence network operated by the Anti-Defamation League. Transcripts of the interviews among nearly 700 pages of documents released by San Francisco prosecutors last week offer new details of the private spy operation that authorities allege crossed the line into illegal territory. At times, the intelligence activities took on a cloak-and-dagger air with laundered payments, shredded documents, hotel rendezvous with foreign agents and code names. On one occasion, Gurvitz recounts, he received a tip that a pro-Palestinian activist was about to board a plane bound for Haifa, Israel. Although the Anti-Defamation League publicly denies any ties to Israel, Gurvitz phoned an Israeli consular official to warn them. Shortly thereafter, another [Israeli government] official called Gurvitz back and debriefed him. The court papers also added to the mystery of Tom Gerard, a former CIA agent and San Francisco police officer accused of providing confidential material from police files to the Anti-Defamation League Bullock said it was Gerard who sold official police intelligence. Bullock said he split about $16,000 evenly with Gerard, telling him at one point, I may be gay, but Im a straight arrow. Gerard fled to the Philippines last fall after he was interviewed by the FBI, but left behind a briefcase in his police locker. Its contents included passports, drivers licenses, and identification cards in 10 different names; identification cards in his own name for four different embassies in Central America; and a collection of blank birth certificates, Army discharge papers, and official stationery from various agencies. Also in the briefcase were extensive information on death squads, a black hood, apparently for use in interrogations, and photos of blindfolded and chained men. Investigators suspect that Gerard and other police sources gave the ADL confidential drivers license or vehicle registration information on a vast number of people, including as many as 4,500 members of one target group, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee. Each case of obtaining such data from a law enforcement officer could constitute a felony, San Francisco Police Inspector Ron Roth noted in an affidavit for a search warrant. (New Details of Extensive ADL Spy Operation Emerge, Los Angeles Times, 13 April, 1993) Now were up to 4,500 felonies. Was the ADL brought to justice for even one of them? No. And what was revealed in the Gerard case was just the work of one ADL operative and one group which the ADL had targeted! Evidence seized from Bullocks computer indicate that the ADL was using him to compile data on individuals belonging to over 950 groups and Bullock is just one agent. The rest of that iceberg must be most impressive. As for Gerard himself whom the ADL had sent on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel two years before his arrest he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a police computer and was sentenced to three years probation, 45 days in jail, and a $2,500 fine. The New York Daily News for 9th April, 1993 informs us that these were no rogue agents the illegal spying was controlled directly from the ADLs central office in New York City: Police in San Francisco and Los Angeles yesterday seized documents from a prominent Jewish-American organization accused of amassing confidential information sometimes illegally on thousands of people in the United States. The alleged operation was directed from the New York City offices of the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, ABC News reported last night. The ADL has long been one of the most respected civil rights organizations in the country, tracking hate crimes and exposing prejudice. But ABC said that for several decades the spying operation has snooped into the records and activities of more than 10,000 people in the United States, including many who simply opposed the policies of Israel and South Africa. The report identified the leader of the intelligence ring as Irwin Suall. Sources told the Daily News that Suall is one of about 15 people in the ADLs research department in Manhattan. Neither Suall or other ADL officials could be reached for comment. Were talking about the use of information from Department of Motor Vehicles files, other confidential files of state and local agencies, illegally furnished and illegally received by private agencies, San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith told ABC. ( Mark Mooney, New York Daily News, 9 April, 1993) Irwin Suall, the former National Secretary of the Socialist Party of America, was the chief of the fact-finding (that is, espoionage) division of the ADL from 1967 to 1997. According to the Baltimore Sentinel for September, 1993 In a memo dated July, 1992, Suall praised Roy Bullock as our number one investigator just months before Bullocks illegal activities were exposed. (Is the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith Spying on You?, Bill Hughes, Baltimore Sentinel, September 1993) According to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the ADL offered money to corrupt law enforcement officers and officials in return for illegally-obtained personal information that was supposed to have been destroyed. How many of these corrupt officials were never prosecuted, and how many were recruited during the educational conferences, and trips to Israel, arranged for them by the ADLs law enforcement liaison division? The Report states: After COINTELPRO, a still-controversial FBI operation to destabilize black nationalist and other groups in the 60s and 70s, the FBI, state and local law enforcement authorities were ordered out of the business of gathering information about legitimate political activity by American citizens. But in some major American cities, law enforcement files relating to legitimate and Constitutionally protected political activities that had been ordered destroyed instead found their way to the offices of the ADL, which quickly became a clearinghouse for such illegally obtained and illegally retained information. The absence of the FBI, state, and local police investigators in the field therefore created a void the ADL rushed to fill, with remarkable success, by increasing its in-house fact-finding assets and capabilities and developing enhanced working relationships with official friends government officials, investigators, and intelligence officers. Some of these were the officials who had not destroyed files of illegally obtained materials, or had made private copies of the official files before they were destroyed in compliance with the court order. The ADL favored many of its official friends with expense-paid trips to Israel, where they met with and were entertained by friendly officers of Israels espionage and counter-intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet, thus creating a major conduit for the flow of sensitive and useful U.S. domestic political intelligence to Israels spymasters in Tel Aviv. (Los Angeles Court Hands Down Final Judgment in Anti-Defamation League Illegal Surveillance Case, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 1999) Despite its obvious and admitted ties with the state of Israel, and its agenda of advancing Israels policy objectives, and gaining power to blackmail or otherwise intimidate perceived enemies of Israel, the ADL has never been required to register as a foreign agent as other, far more benign, organizations have been required to do. ADLs former National Director Benjamin Epstein, in an internal letter disclosed during discovery proceedings in a lawsuit against the ADL in 1970, spoke with pride about the close cooperation that existed between the ADL and Israels intelligence apparatus. In his 1988 autobiography, ADL general counsel Arnold Forster specifically named the Mossad as as having a close connection with the League . The Mossad routinely engages in political assassinations of those it deems to be Israels enemies around the world. (Square One, Arnold Forster. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1988) More Than Just Spying? According to investigator William Norman Grigg, Bullock did much more than spy for his ADL bosses: In 1993, it was discovered that Roy Bullock had been attempting to arrange a political marriage between the Institute for Historical Review, a holocaust revisionist organization, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (AADC) so the ADL could out [AADC] members as neo-Nazis. (William Norman Grigg, ADL Campaign Against Tolerance, New American, September 19, 1994) But it wasnt just Bullock, and it wasnt just setting victims up for bigger and better smears. One ADL agent provocateur had a role as a leader and speaker for groups targeted by the ADL doubtlessly steering the clueless radicals in directions helpful to the ADL agenda and against their own interests. And he also staged completely phony extremist incidents for the media to inflame fears of racism and anti-Semitic violence. Investigative journalist Laird Wilcox tells us: James Mitchell Rosenberg, a career infiltrator for the Anti-Defamation League, regularly attended and was a speaker at Ku Klux Klan rallies and meetings of the Mountain Church in Cohoctah, MI, considered a gathering place for neo-Nazis of all kinds. For the benefit of television reporters, Rosenberg also posed as a leader of a para-military group called the Christian Patriots Defense League which was the subject of a breathless expos entitled Armies of the Right. In 1981, Rosenberg and an associate were arrested on a New York City rooftop and charged with carrying an unregistered rifle. The two were posing as paramilitary extremists for a photographic fabrication exaggerating the threat from the far right. The charges were subsequently dropped at the request [of] the ADLs Irwin Suall, Rosenbergs direct supervisor. (The Watchdogs, Laird Wilcox, Editorial Research Service, Olathe, Kansas, 1998) And these are just the ADL agents who have come to public attention and been exposed in the newspapers. Do you really believe that they were rare, exceptional cases? Or were they part of a much, much larger coordinated operation? With its multimillion-dollar budget and cozy relationship with corrupt law enforcement officials and with murderous intelligence agencies and their unfathomably deep pockets how many undiscovered agents does the ADL employ, and what might their functions be? Seeing Anti-Semitism Where There Is None In Denver, Colorado in 1994, an argument over pets and garden plants betweeen two couples next door neighbors became the focus of ADL public relations and legal action because of the alleged anti-Semitism of one of the couples toward the other, who were Jewish. Candace and Mitchell Aronson were the Jewish neighbors of William and Dorothy Quigley. The Aronsons used a VHF scanner radio to listen in on the cordless telephone conversations of the Quigleys. They heard Mrs. Quigley discuss with a friend it turns out, in joking tones a possible campaign to drive the Aronsons from the neighborhood by frightening them with pictures of ovens and throwing gas at one of the Aronsons children. Mrs. Quigley was also heard wishing that the Aronsons would be killed in a suicide bombing. Although the conversations were obviously facetious, and at one point Mrs. Quigley even said she was saying some sick things, the Aronsons decided to contact the Denver office of the ADL. Upon the advice of the ADL, the Aronsons began recording the Quigleys private telephone conversations an illegal act. Astoundingly, ADL attorneys then advised the Aronsons to use the illegal recordings as the basis for a federal civil lawsuit against the Quigleys for ethnic intimidation. Meanwhile, the ADL defamation and PR machine geared up to expose yet another anti-Semitic incident and, not coincidentally, totally ruin the Quigleys lives. Saul Rosenthal, Regional Director of the ADL, appeared at a news conference describing the Quigleys as engaging in a vicious anti-Semitic campaign. Rosenthal also appeared in local media making the same claims, and succesfully urged local prosecutors to use the tape recordings in filing criminal charges against the Quigleys. The Quigleys became pariahs in their own community, receiving so many threats that they felt compelled to hire security guards. Animal feces was sent to their home. Mr. Quigleys lost his job at United Artists. The family had to drive long distances to shop in stores where they would not be recognized. However, the cases against them quickly began to fall apart. The local prosecutor dropped the charges upon hearing the obviously non-threatening nature of the conversations. He even apologized to the Quigleys and publicly stated that the accusations against them were untrue. The federal case was dead because the recordings were themselves illegal and therefore inadmissible, The Quigleys countersued the ADL, Rosenthal, the Aronsons, and two ADL volunteer attorneys. Ultimately the Quigleys received a judgement of some $12 million, including interest, in their favor for the devastation that the Aronsons and the ADL had caused in their lives. (By the way, the Quigleys employed a Jewish lawyer, Jay Horowitz, to argue their case.) The ADL probably lost this one case only because they were not fully conversant with wiretap law. Had they not tripped up on that technicality, they, their well-funded attorneys, and their massive PR machine (aided by an ADL-friendly media) would have prevailed and the Quigleys would have been forgotten, impoverished, possibly imprisoned, and without recourse. How many other cases have there been? how many unsung victims of the ADL have suffered that fate or worse? Crime Connections The ADL operates much like an organized crime gang, as their intimidation and in-your-face life-ruining tactics make clear. And thats not just a result of overzealousness or an unreasoning fear of persecution. The ADL has direct connections to numerous notorious crime figures: Meyer Lansky, one of the architects of modern organized crime in the United States and connected woth Murder, Incorporated, was a strong supporter of and donor to the ADL. His granddaughter, Mira Lansky Boland, was an ADL official ironically, her position is listed as liaison to law enforcement. She arranged expense-paid luxury tours to Israel, the world capital of sex trafficking, for certain key law enforcement officials who had something to offer the ADL in return among them Tom Gerard. Moe Dalitz, organized crime boss of Las Vegas, was a long-time supporter of the ADL and a close friend of Meyer Lansky. In 1982, Dalitz received the Torch of Liberty award from the ADL. Theodore Silbert, mafia front man worked simultaneously for the ADL and the Sterling National Bank (a mafia operation controlled by the Lansky syndicate). Michael Milken, convicted financial criminal of junk bond fame, was a major contributor to the ADL. Marc Rich, international fugitive and financial criminal was hiding out in Switzerland to avoid prosecution for his crimes when he wrote a check for $100,000 to the ADL, who then proceeded to pull the necessary strings. He was then pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office. Rich later admitted he had worked with the ADL-linked Mossad for years, and Israeli officials also intervened on his behalf with Clinton. Jewish Critiques The ADL routinely smears those who have criticized its goals and methods by calling them anti-Semites an amazing, invented word, by the way: No other ethnicity, so far as I know, has created a comparable neologism to demonize, isolate, and ostracize its critics. But so outrageous has been the behavior of the ADL that it has garnered much criticism from Jewish writers, activists, and dissenters from the mainstream Jewish establishment. Noam Chomsky, leftist Jewish activist and Professor of Linguistics at MIT on the ADL: [O]ne 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) [The ADL is] engaged in surveillance, blacklisting, compilation of FBI-style files circulated to adherents for the purpose of defamation, angry public responses to criticism of Israeli actions, and so on. These efforts, buttressed by insinuations of anti-Semitism or direct accusations, are intended to deflect or undermine opposition to Israeli policies Robert Friedman, liberal Jewish journalist, says of the ADL: [T]he largest private spy agency in America Through its 31 offices across the country, the ADL monitors school curricula, library acquisition lists, and public conferences and symposiums, working behind the scenes to stifle intellectual freedom. (Robert I. Friedman, The Jewish Thought Police, Village Voice, July 27, 1993) Norman Finkelstein, Jewish author and academic, says of the ADLs long-time director Abraham Foxman that he is a hoodlum and a thug. (Defamation, video documentary, 1999 see link in references) Monty Warner, conservative Jewish writer and director of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, says that the ADL has devolved into an opportunistic, intolerant, grief-grubbing stench and says of ADL boss Abraham Foxman that he is a disgrace to my religion. Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, a Jewish religious group called ADL leader Abraham Foxman Our own worst enemy. Toward Tradition said it picked Foxman from among other representatives of the Anti-Semitism industry because of his pivotal role in former president Clintons pardon of fugitive Jewish financial criminal Marc Rich: After the ADL received a $100,000 check from the Rich Foundation, Foxman wrote to Bill Clinton urging the pardon. Midge Decter, Dennis Prager, and 75 prominent Jewish writers and leaders issued a public statement in 1994 charging the ADL with engaging in defamation in the ADLs attacks on rightists and Christians, routinely using such discreditable techniques as insinuation and guilt by association by finding and publicizing links between its targets and allegedly more radical (read: already smeared) figures in its voluminous dossiers of personal information obtained largely through espionage. Steve Zeltzer, Jewish labor activist and himself a victim of ADL spying, states of the ADL: They have always had enemies lists, and they have always wanted to control the flow of information. The ADL and the post-9/11 National Security State Post-9/11 hysteria led Americans into illegal and unjustified wars in the Middle East and has brought us such unconstitutional erosions of our rights as the misnamed Patriot Act and its secret laws, secret courts, secret trials, and secret prisons; the massive illegal spying operations of the NSA and other agencies; and the maintenance of a kill list under which anyone on Earth can be marked for death by the President. Within months after the attacks, the ADL had already organized conferences to help the secret police take advantage of their new ill-gotten powers as this ADL press release makes clear: ADL Press Release June 6, 2002 More than 500 representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were briefed on extremist and terrorist threats during a daylong conference co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The May 31 program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, was an outgrowth of ADLs longtime involvement in providing information and training to law enforcement on threats posed by extremists. The conference, Extremist and Terrorist Threats: Protecting America After 9/11? included presentations from ADL, FBI and other nationally recognized experts on extremist groups, investigative techniques, counterterrorism strategies, domestic security and threat assessment. Now more than ever, law enforcement must have the resources and know-how to prevent future acts of terrorism, said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. In order to assess threats against the United States, law enforcement must have credible information about domestic and foreign extremists whose rhetoric promotes violence. Through our network of regional offices and our experts in the field, ADL is uniquely suited to aid in the war against terrorism. This conference was an opportunity for law enforcement and extremism watchdogs to compare notes and forge alliances. Somehow I doubt that Roy Bullocks name was brought up at the meeting. Rabbi Spitzs Vision It seems that the Anti-Defamation League has taken to heart the words of Rabbi Leon Spitz, writing in The American Hebrew of March 1, 1946: American Jews too must come to grips with our contemporary anti-Semites. We must fill our jails with anti-Semitic gangsters, we must fill our insane asylums with anti-Semitic lunatics, we must combat every alien Jew-hater, we must harass and prosecute our Jew baiters to the extreme limits of the laws, we must humble and shame our anti-Semitic hoodlums to such an extent that none will wish to dare to become fellow-travelers. (Glamorous Purim Formula, Rabbi Leon Spitz, The American Hebrew, March 1, 1946) Spitz is speaking in coded language, but the veil is rather thin. Hes not talking about prosecuting criminals per se, for the whole force of law enforcement was already doing that when he spoke. Hes calling for for especially intense scrutiny of perceived anti-Semites by law enforcement, and the use of any and all technical violations that might be discovered to prosecute them. In our law-happy society, its doubtful that anyone could escape such close scrutiny unscathed Google the Internet meme three felonies a day if you dont believe me. He doesnt actually believe that gangsters are disproportionately anti-Semitic in fact, no one has ever alleged that. What hes saying is that the perceived enemies of the Jewish people should be criminalized in the public mind and in the minds of law enforcement officers so that they will be treated like gangsters. And that, in fact, is what the ADL has done, with their close liaisons with police (and secret police) authorities, alerting them to the dangers of patriot militia hate groups, traditionalist religious groups, alleged neo-Nazis, and the like those whom the ADL sees as vociferous critics of Israel or Jewish power. In fact, few of these groups have any desire to harm Jews in any way, though they may criticize the ADL, Israel, or other parts of the Jewish establishment. Criticism of Jews as Jews, or public doubt of their tales of suffering in World War 2, is a prosecutable offense in some countries today, in part due to the lobbying activities of the ADL and its allies.

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Bringing back old pictures – The Jewish Standard

When Eric Mayer of Wayne, who was born in Worms, Germany, escaped the Holocaust, and has devoted his life to preserving the memory of the worlds it demolished, and to the state of Israel, has a project in mind, that project happens. Recently, his attention has been focused on the Foundation for Preserving the Visual History of the Jewish People, a foundation on whose small board he sits. Last week, at the foundations dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan in a room whose huge windows overlook New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, whose presence makes it hard to forget our past its founders talked with passion about the images that are disintegrating, taking parts of our past with it. Vanessa Lappa is a film director, Tomer Eliav is a sound designer, both are Israeli, and both are film producers. Together, they worked on a documentary, The Decent One, about Heinrich Himmler. The film took eight years to make; four of those years were spent on archival research, all over Europe, in more than 30 countries, Ms. Lappa said. They learned that there is a vast amount of footage of our Jewish history all over the world, she said, but it is not in one place. It is not in one archive. Lets say that in about 90 percent of the archives worldwide, no matter how big or how small, in any country, there are film reels and nobody knows their contents. Its in a corner or a cupboard or on a shelf; its disintegrating. There are rooms with hundreds and hundreds of reels, thousands of them, all disintegrating. The oldest one she knows of is from 1897, she said, but there may be some that are older. There are some films and stills that we see often, but you always see the same footage, Mr. Eliav said. But most of the footage is never published. There are many images taken during the Holocaust, but there also are many that show Jewish life before then, and it is vitally important to preserve those pictures as well, the filmmakers said. These two pictures show Sir Winston Churchill in Jerusalem in 1921; the one above is the original, and the one below has been restored. Because there are so very many images, so very much work to do, they must prioritize it. Their triage plan is to allow donors to chose which of the many subjects the images show to chose the one that is closest to their hearts, Mr. Eliav said. Once the broad field is chosen, the work will focus first on the most decayed images; the goal is to preserve as much as possible. The foundations goal is to find, document, contextualize, and digitize the images, and to make it available both to researchers and to the general public. Its very important to make it available to the public free of charge, Ms. Lappa said. Its the kind of idea that makes sense intuitively, but its far harder to implement than it is to grasp, the filmmakers said. Thats why it was so encouraging to them when Mr. Meyer began to run with the idea. I got interested in it from a historical point of view, he said. I think that it is very important as a teaching tool, a visual witness to our history. It is something that needs to be told to a younger generation of Jews, who are falling away from our history. Hes put Ms. Lappa and Mr. Eliav in touch with Cory Bookers office; New Jerseys junior U.S. senator is working to allow their images to be available through the Library of Congress. Abraham Foxman of Bergen County, the retired longtime head of the Anti-Defamation League, is a fan of Mr. Mayers, and he spoke at the dinner. There is so much to save, he said; there are worlds that will be lost to memory if their images are allowed to vanish. Vanessa and Tomer and also Eric care so much. They are so dedicated, and so talented, and so understated. Its that simple its not ego for them. Its that they really care. There is more information about the foundation at www.preservingjvh.org.

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Abraham Foxman – StoryBrancher

Abraham Henry Foxman (born May 1, 1940) is an American lawyer.[4] He was National Director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1987 to 2015[5] and is currently the League’s National Director Emeritus. In March 2016 he became head of the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. [6] Foxman, an only son, was born in Baranovichi, just months after the Soviet Union took the town from Poland in the MolotovRibbentrop Pact and incorporated it into the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. The town is now in Belarus. Foxman had Polish Jewish parents: Helen and Joseph Foxman.[2][7] Foxman’s parents left him with his Polish Catholic nanny Bronislawa Kurpi in 1941 when they were ordered by Germans to enter a ghetto. Foxman was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as Henryk Stanislaw Kurpi, and raised as a Catholic in Vilnius between 1941 and 1944 when (after several legal custody battlesTemplate:Fix/category[citation needed]) he was returned to his parents.[8] Foxman immigrated to the United States in 1950 with his parents.[7] He graduated from the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the City College of New York and graduated with honors in history. Foxman also holds a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He did graduate work in Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and in international economics at The New School.[9] Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League in 1965 in its international affairs division. In 1987, he was the consensus choice of the Board to become its new National Director, replacing long-time director Nathan Perlmutter.[4][10]Template:Fix/category[non-primary source needed] In February 2014, Foxman announced his plans to step down as National Director of the ADL effective July 20, 2015 (the fiftieth anniversary of his first having joined the ADL). Foxman has been awarded several honors from nonprofit groups, religious figures and statesmen. In 1998 Foxman received the Interfaith Committee of Remembrance Lifetime Achievement Award “as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination”.[11] Foxman won the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award on April 18, 2002, from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.[12] On October 16, 2006, Foxman was awarded as Knight of the Legion of Honor by Jacques Chirac, the President of France at the time. This award is France’s highest civilian honor.[13] On a May 22, 2008, ceremony, Foxman was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Yeshiva University by Richard Joel, the presiding president of Yeshiva University. Additionally, President George W. Bush appointed Foxman to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israel in May 2008.[14] Foxman’s support for gay rights in America placed him at odds with many Orthodox Jews. Concerning the former, which involved his protest in 20002001 of a case (Boy Scouts of America v. Dale) in which “the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America could exclude a gay scoutmaster because of his sexual orientation”; it was reported that “For many Jewish groups that work with the Boy Scouts mainly Reform temples and Jewish community centers the ensuing year has been marked by soul-searching, as they grappled with whether they should end their ties to the organization because of the organization’s stance on gays,” and that “Within the Jewish community, Orthodox groups supported the ruling, saying civic organizations should be empowered to determine their own message but most Jewish organizations condemned it as endorsing discrimination.” According to that report published a year later, in 2001, “the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, and its national chairman, Howard Berkowitz, said in a statement at the time: “We are stunned that in the year 2000 the Supreme Court could issue such a decision. … This decision effectively states that as long as an organization avows an anti-homosexual position, it is free to discriminate against gay and lesbian Americans.”[15] Foxman has received criticism from Jewish and non-Jewish quarters for his antagonist approach to the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ and its director Mel Gibson.[16] In September 2003, during the pre-release controversy, Foxman called Gibson “the portrait of an anti-Semite”.[17] The next day he said, “I’m not ready to say he’s an anti-Semite”, but that Gibson “entertains views that can only be described as anti-Semitic”.[18] In November 2003, Foxman said of Gibson, “I think he’s infected, seriously infected, with some very, very serious anti-Semitic views.”[19] When Diane Sawyer asked him in February 2004 if Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite and whether The Passion of the Christ is an anti-Semitic movie, Foxman said no to both questions.[20] Foxman was also criticized for his initial response to Gibson’s apology for his behavior during his 2006 DUI arrest and for giving second billing to the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting that occurred on the same day.[21] Foxman accepted Gibson’s second apology, although he continued to censure Gibson publicly, saying in 2008, “In his heyday, he was No. 1 in Hollywood, the most sought-after star, the people’s choice, the icon. Then he revealed himself as an anti-Semite, and look where he is today. That’s the beauty of America.”[22] Foxman continued to condemn Gibson for The Passion of the Christ, saying in 2008, “What he was doing was giving credibility, on film, in our lifetime, to deicide. Where is Mel Gibson today? He did his movie, and one day he revealed himself to the American people. He’s no icon anymore.”[23] In July 2007, Foxman’s opposition to a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide drew much criticism. “I don’t think congressional action will help reconcile the issue. The resolution takes a position; it comes to a judgment,” said Foxman in a statement issued to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “The Turks and Armenians need to revisit their past. The Jewish community shouldn’t be the arbiter of that history, nor should the U.S. Congress.” Sharistan Melkonian, chairwoman of the Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, accused Foxman of engaging in “genocide denial” in an interview with The Boston Globe.[24] Various New England communities threatened to sever ties with the ADL-sponsored “No Place for Hate” program in response.[25] In August 2007, Foxman publicly affirmed the position of the Anti-Defamation League, “that the consequences of [the Ottoman government’s] actions were indeed tantamount to genocide”, but that a United States Congressional recognition of this history was unnecessary and not helpful.[26] He went on to state, “we continue to firmly believe that a Congressional Resolution on such matters is a counterproductive diversion and will not foster reconciliation between Turks and Armenians. We will not hesitate to apply the term ‘genocide’ in the future.” Foxman additionally sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing regret over the difficulty his position caused for the government of Turkey: “We had no intention to put the Turkish people or its leaders in a difficult position.”[27] Several critics have spoken against Foxman’s opposition to the Park51 Islamic community center near the World Trade Center site, citing hypocrisy, since ADL’s mission statement says it seeks “to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.” Fareed Zakaria, a recipient of ADL’s Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize, has returned the prize and its $10,000 honorarium, saying that he “cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it.” Zakaria has “urged the ADL to reverse its decision.”[28] Defamation (2009): Filmmaker Yoav Shamir profiles Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman in this documentary about antisemitism.[29] Error creating thumbnail: convert: not authorized `/tmp/magick-gRadLA6W’ @ error/constitute.c/ReadImage/454. convert: no images defined `PNG:/tmp/transform_8ce9904847df.png’ @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3046. Lua error in Module:Authority_control at line 346: attempt to index field ‘wikibase’ (a nil value).

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Why don’t anti-fascists fight Islamofascism? – New Delhi Times

By Tarek Fatah, Author & Columnist, Canada Seventy-two years ago this Friday, on May 5, 1945, Hitlers fascist dream of a Thousand Year Reich lay in ruins, as Berlin fell to the Red Army, only to find the ashes of the Fuhrer who had shot himself five days earlier. On the very day Berlin fell to the Soviets, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an appraisal of the long-term policy required to safeguard the strategic interests of the British Empire in India and the Indian Ocean. Two weeks later, Churchill received the top-secret report that, among other proposals, cited the necessity of a British presence in northwest India (todays Pakistan) from which British air power could threaten Soviet military installations. When this was brought to the attention of the leaders of Indias freedom movement, they made it clear to Britain they would not accept British bases on Indian soil after independence. On the other hand, the leader of the All Indian Muslim League, M. A. Jinnah, was amenable to the idea, and so was laid the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that would serve the West in fighting Moscow. Its no coincidence that within a few years, Pakistan joined the West in two military pacts against Moscow SEATO and CENTO. Today, a new fascism is in the air, one that also speaks of rule over the planet, not just for 1,000 years, but until the end times. But like the rise of fascism in Germany, Italy and Spain in the 1930s, the West and its citizenry again seem unconcerned or unaware of the catastrophe that may unfold. Even in the 1930s, when the Spanish Republic stood up to the Hitler-backed fascists of Francisco Franco, the UK and US refused to help the elected government in Madrid, leaving it to left-wing activists from around the world to join the war on the side of the Republic. These included Canadian volunteers of the Mackenzie-Papineau Brigade (popularly known as the Mac Paps). Todays fascists have an additional advantage over the Franco-Mussolini-Hitler types. They are Islamofascists, who not only seek authoritarian supremacy, but claim to possess a divinely ordained doctrine to justify annihilating democracy, liberty, freedom of expression and the equality of men and women. I am not just referring to ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Shabab in Somalia or Boko Haram in Nigeria. These are the fringes of Islamofascism. The two main players are in Pakistan, created by Britain and armed by America, and the authoritarian dictatorship of Turkey, that is still sustained by NATO. Unlike the years leading up to the last Great War against fascism, this time the left in the West has deviated from its historic role and is today an ally of the Islamists. Two recent incidents highlight this problem. In India, the Islamic University of Jamia Milli has conferred an honourary doctorate on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite the dictators vicious crackdown on dissenting Turks and ruthless treatment of minority Kurds. And in the United States, the City University of New York has invited radical Muslim activist, Linda Sarsour, to deliver a commencement address June 1. Abraham Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League, says, Shes [Sarsour] a bigot, and she shouldnt have been invited [to CUNY]. With universities honouring such individuals, where does an old-fashioned AntiFa (anti-fascist) like me, whose licence plate says, Mac Pap, go?

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NEW YORK CITY’S ONLY ALL-GIRLS SOCCER CLUB – Tribeca Citizen

AU CHEVAL IN CHIBECA? Evidence suggests that the new restaurant at Walker and Cortlandt Alley will be a branch of Chicagos popular Au Cheval (above). NEW YORK CITYS ONLY ALL-GIRLS SOCCER CLUB Tryouts for Gotham Girls Football Club, dedicated to the development of girls as soccer players, are happening May 11-12. Our coaches instill a love of the game, develop the girls as unique players, prepare them to compete at the highest level, and help them reach their full potential as players, students, and people. If you cant make this weeks events, you can come the first two weeks in May to check out the club and try out. For more information, and to register for a tryout date, visit gothamgirls.org. Also, were now starting a soccer class for boys and girls age 2-5 on Sundays at the P.S. 276 gym; the details are here. Sponsored. NOSY NEIGHBOR Do you know of any plans to construct at 74 Hudson? Seems like it would be too valuable to just remain a parking garage. Im looking at moving to the area but if theres going to be noisy construction and the disappearance of light, Im not sure its a good idea. L. The answer. SEEN & HEARD 5/8: Wine bar on W. Broadway? Plus: Il Mulino clarification; a peek inside Canal Street Markets food hall; meeting about local transportation issues; Abraham Foxman on his life as a hidden child; rally for loft tenants. 5/10: How cops evade tolls (above). Plus: Max restaurant was awarded the Quality Approved seal; Mmuseumms new exhibits are about to open; Cricketers Arms space is for rent; spring celebration at Duane Park; Welcome to New York signage. SOME IMPROVEMENT AT THE FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR Anecdotally, last weekends Five Boro Bike Tour appears to have been a bit less bothersome than in recent years, but there were still complaints, and a resident measured the noise with a sound meter. THE FOOD VENDORS AT CANAL STREET MARKET Theyll be serving ramen, grain bowls, sushi burritos, pie, ice cream, dumplings, and more. The full list. IN THE NEWS 5/9: Prison towers. Plus: Ichimura review; Battery Maritime Building stalled; the leak in the World Trade Center Oculus; Greenwich Street retail condo sold. 5/10: Subway racer. Plus: Nicola Formichettis apartment (above); Tutto Il Giorno owners to open Hudson Yards restaurant; Seaport demolition could foreshadow a supertall tower. SHADOWLAND (VOL. 8) Step into the shadows with me.

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