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SJ schools earn designation as ‘No Place for Hate’ – Cherry Hill Courier Post

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Lenape High School student representatives are shown at the Walnut Street Theatre on June 6 where their school was among those celebrated for being designated as “No Place for Hate” by the Anti-Defamation League. Lenape earned the status for the fourth straight year.(Photo: Photo provided)

MEDFORD For the fourth straight year, Lenape High School earned a designation from the Anti-Defamation League as No Place for Hate.

The initiativeenables schools and organizations to challenge anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms, according to the ADL website.

About 10 Lenape High School student representatives accompanied Principal Tony Cattani to Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia on June 6 for the inaugural No Place for Hate Designation Celebration,which recognized schools for participating in the initiative for the 2016-17 school year.

Cherry Hill West also had a contingent there after earning the No Place for Hate designation as well. The school, which has also earned the designation multiple times,was also singled out for piloting a newly developed ADL program to more effectively reduce bias and bullying in schools.

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The Anti-Defamation League celebrated schools for their efforts to combat bullying, biasand bigotry. About 450 attendees from 50 schools in South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware attended the event, although not every school which participated in the initiative attended the event.

It was a great, informative experience, gathering schools from districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to be honored for their accomplishments in anti-bias and anti-hate activities throughout the 2016-17 school year, Lenape student Trevor Montgomery said. This was Lenape High School’s fourth straight No Place For Hate designation, and I am honored to have been selected by my principal to help receive this designation.

The presentation displayed all different examples of what each school did to avoid hate and bias in their academic community, which was very helpful for the future of our own school, as we are now able to reflect on these activities and try a few out in years to come.

While theinitiative runs nationally, in this region it’scurrently active in 220 schools and organizations throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, according to the ADL website.

Schools receive their designation by:

Overall, 15 South Jersey schools earned the No Place for Hate designation this school year, and 10 of those were present at the celebratory event.

Cherry Hill High School West students hold up their “No Place for Hate” poster. The school earned the designation from the Anti-Defamation League for its efforts in combating anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms.(Photo: Amit Gabai Photography)

The celebration honored winners of the No Place for Hate Essay Contest and highlighted Cherry Hill High School West for its participation in the pilot for a newly developed No Place for Hate PLUS program this year, an intensive program that wraps numerous ADL education initiatives around the No Place for Hate framework, to more effectively reduce bias and bullying in schools.

The ADL’s Philadelphia regional officefirst implemented No Place for Hate as a community-based initiative in 2001 and adapted it for schools in 2005.

Lisa Friedlander, the ADLs education director for No Place for Hate, said the organization currently has a waiting list of about 40 schools who want to be part of the program.

We have been increasing our numbers year after year, Friedlander said.

Some schools are being reactive to the incidents that are happening. Other schools are being proactive because they recognize what a volatile environment the world is experiencing right now and they really want to get ahead of it and say We are a school that respects all of our students and treats all of our community members with respect and acceptance.

Celeste E. Whittaker; (856) 486-2437; cwhittaker@gannettnj.com

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Greater New Haven ADL presents Torch of Liberty Award to Edible Arrangements CEO – New Haven Register

More than 350 leading citizens and government officials joined the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday to honor community leaders in greater New Haven.

The ADL presented its Torch of Liberty Award to Asma Farid and Tariq Farid, the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements. Lindy Lee Gold was honored with the Distinguished Community Leadership Award at Congregation Bnai Jacob, in Woodbridge.

The Torch of Liberty Award is presented annually to outstanding citizens and corporations whose extraordinary work has helped to strengthen the Greater New Haven community, according to the release. The Distinguished Community Leadership Award recognizes outstanding citizens who contribute to building strong communities that are open to all people without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

It was an unforgettable evening, said ADL Connecticut Director Steve Ginsburg in the press release. Asma, Tariq and Lindy truly deserving honorees, and each spoke beautifully about their journeys and the ADL values that guided them along the way. With all the divisiveness in the world today, we were blessed to have an inclusive and celebratory event. ADL has a unique ability to convene and build bridges among people from different backgrounds and faiths. Last night made clear to us all that the Greater New Haven community is essential to our goal of creating a world without hate.

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Disgraced journalist pleads guilty to making bomb threats Agains – KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona – KVOA Tucson News

BySAFIA SAMEE ALIandASSOCIATED PRESS

A disgraced former journalist pleaded guilty in a New York federal court on Tuesday to calling in fake bomb threats to at least a dozen Jewish Community Centers as a part of a bizarre revenge campaign against an ex-girlfriend.

Juan Thompson, 31, of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged with making threats to numerous Jewish centers across the country as well as to the Anti-Defamation Leagues headquarters posing as his ex-girlfriend in a plot to “harass and intimidate her, officials said.

Fueling fear and distress, Juan Thompson made fake bomb threats to over a dozen Jewish Community Centers and organizations around the country, Joon H. Kim, the Acting U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement. Thompson’s threats not only inflicted emotional distress on his victim, but also harmed Jewish communities around the country,” he added.

Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking and one count of making hoax bomb threats.

He told a U.S. District Judge that he was “slightly nervous” as he pleaded guilty to charges that each carry a potential penalty of five years in prison. He agreed not to appeal any sentence at or below 46 months, nearly four years, in prison.

Thompson said he sent emails and faxes to his ex-girlfriend’s employer after she ended their relationship in the summer of 2016 and later made bomb threats, claiming his ex-girlfriend had planted bombs at several local community centers in New York and other states.

Thompson admitted he made the threats “to disrupt my ex-romantic partner’s life” and cause her distress.

“For this, I deeply apologize,” he said.

Thompsons fake threats piggy-backed off of the wave of bomb threats that terrorized the Jewish community across the country earlier this year.

From January to March, more than 150 bomb threats were reported against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 states and two Canadian provinces, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that battles anti-Semitism.

Thompson had been fired in 2015 from his job atThe Interceptafter he was accused of fabricating an interview with a supposed cousin of white supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof.

Thompson will go before a judge for sentencing later this year.

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Copper Beech Student In Abington Honored By Anti-Defamation League – Patch.com


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ABINGTON, PA The AntiDefamation League recognized Copper Beech student Jillian Brown for her "No Place for Hate" essay submission in a recent contest, the school district announced. Brown won Honorable Mention in the league's 2017 contest, and …

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ADL blasts Likud MKs for attending launch of anti-Arab book – The Times of Israel

The Anti-Defamation League has lambasted top Likud Knesset members for attending a launch event for a book that calls Israeli Arabs parasites and posits that they should be held in camps.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, Coalition Chairman David Bitan and MKs Miki Zohar and Oren Hazan all participated in the event in Ramat Gan Wednesday, leading the ADL to condemn the affair Friday as dangerous and inhumane.

The book, The Arab Minority in Israel: Open and Hidden Processes by historian Raphael Israeli, describes Arabs as a danger to the Jewish states future, Haaretz reported. It calls them parasites who suckle at the teat of the state and a fifth column due to their support for the Palestinians.

In one passage Israeli, citing American internment camps for Japanese immigrants during World War II, wonders that here, despite the Arabs openly identifying with the enemy, no harm will come to them. Not only are they not put into camps, they have permission to stand at our podiums.

Whoever heard of such a thing, other than in feeble Israel which has lost it will to exist as a Jewish state?

Following the Haaretz report on the book and the event, the ADL tweeted on Friday: This is dangerous and inhumane. All of us, including Israeli leaders, have a duty to reject this hateful rhetoric.

Katz, speaking at the event, praised the tome as one filled with very profound, very unequivocal insights. Though he noted that not everyone will agree with everything or every word, it is deserving of discussion, serious discussion.

He later said he took issue with some of the books contents.

Hazan told Haaretz he regretted attending the event, saying he did not support the book or its blanket statements against Arabs.

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ADL JOINS GROUPS CALLING ON MAYORS TO DISAVOW ANTI-MUSLIM MARCHES – Highland Community News (subscription)

New York, NY, June 9, 2017 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern over coordinated anti-Muslim marches that are slated to take place in at least twenty states across the country on Saturday, June 10.

ADL joined more than 100 groups to urge Mayors where the rallies are taking place to disavow these marches.

The series of bigoted events titled the March Against Sharia are being organized by an anti-Muslim organization called ACT for America!, one of the largest anti-Muslim extremist groups in the United States that aggressively promotes stereotypes about Islam and believes that Muslim immigration to the U.S. must end.

These marches perpetuate harmful stereotypes about Muslims and could potentially lead to acts of harassment and violence, said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. The ideas furthered by these anti-Muslim groups only serve to weaken our communities. We call on the elected officials, community and religious leaders and public figures where these abhorrent events are taking place to disavow them and stand up against hate.

In a recent poll, ADL found for the first time that a majority of Americans (52 percent) say they are concerned about violence in the U.S. directed at Jews, and an even a higher percentage (76 percent) are concerned about violence directed at Muslims.

According to ADLs Center on Extremism, right-wing extremists are likely to participate in some of the rallies across the country.

The League has also actively challenged President Trumps executive order on immigration and refugees, calling the Muslim ban an appeal to xenophobia and fear that is reminiscent of historical anti-immigrant mistakes of our nations past.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the worlds leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Follow us on Twitter: @ADL_National

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Anti-Defamation League Honors Local Schools For Anti-Bullying Efforts – CBS Philly

June 6, 2017 1:29 PM By MikeDeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) The Anti-Defamation League is honoring schools around the region for their efforts to tackle bias and bullying.

The ceremony at the Walnut Street Theater brought together students from dozens of schools participating in the ADLs No Place for Hate program.

Cherry Hill West High School was singled out for piloting a program to reduce bias and bullying.

Right after the bomb threat at the Katz JCC a lot of people saw the need to really kind of put their foot down and say, No. Hate has no home in Cherry Hill,’ said teacher Sherri Adamson.

Freshman Vincent Gollotto says students produced a multi-ethnic video.

Hate has no home in Cherry Hill really went to the community and really did make a difference in our community, saidGollotto.

The ADLs education director for No Place for Hate, Lisa Friedlander, says schools are becoming more responsive.

In some cases, theyve heard more reports of bullying which is actually a good thing, said Friedlander. Because that means students are learning to feel safe to report it because they know that administrators are taking it seriously.

She says the ADL has been called to help with an increasing number of hate and bias incidents, even at the middle school level.

Mike DeNardo, a veteran of KYW Newsradio for more than 30 years, covers a broad array of news stories for KYW. He specializes in stories about education and the schools. DeNardo has won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award three times in 2008…

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What’s Happened to the Anti-Defamation League? – Algemeiner

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. Photo: ADL.

Where is theAnti-DefamationLeague (ADL)?

As a new antisemitism caststhe Jewish stateas the cruelest of nations,and her Jewish supporters as racists, the ADL has been largely silent.The lies are spreadinnewspapers,churchesand college classrooms. On campuses,Jewish students are harassed and intimidated.Eventhe curriculain many public high schools and middle schoolsisbiased against Israel.Yet theADL, once the Jewishpeoplesdefense agency,seems unable or unwilling toeffectively fight back.

Case in point: LindaSarsour,a virulently anti-Israel Islamistwhois asupporterofterrorists,andadefenderof Sharia law,wasa featured speaker at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Healths graduation onJune 1.

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Yet it was only after weeks of silence,andonlywhenupbraidedfor that despicablesilence,thattheADLfinallyissueda statementcriticizingSarsour. (Ms. Sarsour is an antisemite whofightsto bar Jewish women from the feministmovement unless they renounce Israel, and has tweeted that,Nothing is creepier than Zionism.

And even theADLsbelatedcriticism ofSarsour, penned by its CEO, JonathanGreenblatt, was weak.The ADL statementrejectedSarsourssupport of BDS,butit supported CUNYsdecision toinvite her, citing her right to free speech.But, as former CUNY trustee JeffreyWeisenfeld haspointed out,allowing someone to speak and giving them one of the most honored platforms that a university can provideare twodifferent things. EvenAbe Foxman himself, the legendary ADL leader whoreportedlyselected Greenblatt as his heir, unblinkingly told reporters that CUNY should not have invited Sarsour.

The ADLs problem is that ithas never figured out what to do about the new antisemitism which is exactly whatSarsourrepresents.

When the enemies of the Jewish people were onlyNazis,neo-Nazis, Christian antisemites and skinheads, the ADL did just fine. They exposed, they warned, they scolded and they sued. In every city with a sizable Jewish population, the ADL functioned as the Jewish Civil Defense Department.

But sometime during the late 1960s,the virus ofantisemitismbegan to morph. Age-old accusations against the Jews and their religion were re-directed toward the Jewish state, and its Jewish supporters. Antisemitic smears were used to paintIsrael as the Jew among nationsan art that the United Nations has perfected. And much of this hate comes from liberals and leftists, along with the traditional antisemites (white supremacists, neo-Nazis, etc.)

But the ADL and its donorsstuck in the past, like old generals fighting the last war cannot or will not adjust.

The ADLwas born on the progressive side of politics, fighting right-wing Jew-hatred, and supporting social justice. The group haschosen to stay there, even when in my view the threats from the left now eclipse those of the right in their intensity and reach.And so the ADL keptsending those (fundraising) postcards with swastikas found inbathroom stalls in Iowa, and campaignedagainst Pat Robertson, whom itpainted as thesamesort of right-wing threat that we all once kneweven though many people now believe that Robertson and Christian evangelicals areIsraels, and the Jews, best allies.

And asit ignores antisemitism from the left,the ADL hassimilarlyshrunk from confronting Islamic Jew-hatredthe biggest threat to Jewish life on the planetfor fear of being labelled Islamophobic by its left-wing allies.Some scholars now describe the new antisemitism as being propelled by a Red-Green Alliance of radical leftists and radical Islamists. The ADL hesitates to defend the Jews against either threat.

Morton Klein, of the Zionist Organization of America, and others like him who pressured the ADL to condemn Sarsour were right, and they deserve creditfor shining a light on the Sarsour/ADL scandal. ADLsweakness on this controversyis emblematic of its failure to adopt to the new antisemitism. And it is a timely reminder to American Jewry of the need for a new, and bold, leadershipthat is up to the challenge of confrontingthese dangerous times.

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Anti-Defamation League Welcomes EU Support for Self-Regulation … – eNews Park Forest

New York, NY(ENEWSPF)June 2, 2017. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomes EU Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourovas statements in support of a self-regulatory approach to online hate speech. Following yesterdays release of an EU evaluation of industry responses to online hate speech, Commissioner Jourova called the self-regulatory approach a success. The evaluation and her statements came a year after the EU and major internet companies announced a voluntary Code of Conduct.

Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, released the following statement:

Back in 2014 ADL developed cyber hate best practices with the companies that worked with the EU and its our view that self-regulation, involving industry and civil society, is the best approach to combatting online hate speech. Optimizing the removal of hate speech while protecting freedom of speech requires continuous improvements in technology and education of platform providers and users. Legislation and lawsuits will only hold back the work of companies and civil society working together in good faith.

We welcome Commissioner Jourovas comments that the EU evaluation shows that a self-regulatory approach can work, if all actors do their part. She rightly emphasized that the self-regulatory approach of the voluntary Code of Conduct agreement between the EU and Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft brought much quicker results than a legislative approach, which could take many years, and that the self-regulatory approach, which involves the companies and civil society, emphasizes the rejection of hate speech by all of society, not just governments.

We hope the Justice Ministers of the EU member states will support Commissioner Jourovas recommendations when they meet next week to discuss online hate speech.

ADL has repeatedly championed the self-regulatory approach, including in our Best Practices for Responding to Cyberhate, which ADL produced in 2014 after discussions with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter to help prevent the spread of online hate speech. These companies and others publicly endorsed the document. The best practices document was an outgrowth of a working group on cyberhate that ADL has convened for years with tech companies, academics, and other leaders who evaluate current practices and develop new strategies for responding to hate online.

ADL recently announced plans to open a state-of-the-art center in Silicon Valley that will combine cutting-edge analysis, education, and new strategies and partnerships to combat online hate and protect civil rights.

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SJ schools earn designation as ‘No Place for Hate’ – Cherry Hill Courier Post

Lenape Regional High School District students run an award-winning safe driving campaign. Lenape High School student representatives are shown at the Walnut Street Theatre on June 6 where their school was among those celebrated for being designated as “No Place for Hate” by the Anti-Defamation League. Lenape earned the status for the fourth straight year.(Photo: Photo provided) MEDFORD For the fourth straight year, Lenape High School earned a designation from the Anti-Defamation League as No Place for Hate. The initiativeenables schools and organizations to challenge anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms, according to the ADL website. About 10 Lenape High School student representatives accompanied Principal Tony Cattani to Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia on June 6 for the inaugural No Place for Hate Designation Celebration,which recognized schools for participating in the initiative for the 2016-17 school year. Cherry Hill West also had a contingent there after earning the No Place for Hate designation as well. The school, which has also earned the designation multiple times,was also singled out for piloting a newly developed ADL program to more effectively reduce bias and bullying in schools. More: Two Lenape High students win awards at film festival More: Honoring Ebo: Students collect 2,500 books for CHOP More: Cherry Hill girl in spelling bee F-I-N-A-L-S More: Cherry Hill bus driver treats woman, 92, to first Phillies game The Anti-Defamation League celebrated schools for their efforts to combat bullying, biasand bigotry. About 450 attendees from 50 schools in South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware attended the event, although not every school which participated in the initiative attended the event. It was a great, informative experience, gathering schools from districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to be honored for their accomplishments in anti-bias and anti-hate activities throughout the 2016-17 school year, Lenape student Trevor Montgomery said. This was Lenape High School’s fourth straight No Place For Hate designation, and I am honored to have been selected by my principal to help receive this designation. The presentation displayed all different examples of what each school did to avoid hate and bias in their academic community, which was very helpful for the future of our own school, as we are now able to reflect on these activities and try a few out in years to come. While theinitiative runs nationally, in this region it’scurrently active in 220 schools and organizations throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, according to the ADL website. Schools receive their designation by: Overall, 15 South Jersey schools earned the No Place for Hate designation this school year, and 10 of those were present at the celebratory event. Cherry Hill High School West students hold up their “No Place for Hate” poster. The school earned the designation from the Anti-Defamation League for its efforts in combating anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all forms.(Photo: Amit Gabai Photography) The celebration honored winners of the No Place for Hate Essay Contest and highlighted Cherry Hill High School West for its participation in the pilot for a newly developed No Place for Hate PLUS program this year, an intensive program that wraps numerous ADL education initiatives around the No Place for Hate framework, to more effectively reduce bias and bullying in schools. The ADL’s Philadelphia regional officefirst implemented No Place for Hate as a community-based initiative in 2001 and adapted it for schools in 2005. Lisa Friedlander, the ADLs education director for No Place for Hate, said the organization currently has a waiting list of about 40 schools who want to be part of the program. We have been increasing our numbers year after year, Friedlander said. Some schools are being reactive to the incidents that are happening. Other schools are being proactive because they recognize what a volatile environment the world is experiencing right now and they really want to get ahead of it and say We are a school that respects all of our students and treats all of our community members with respect and acceptance. Celeste E. Whittaker; (856) 486-2437; cwhittaker@gannettnj.com Read or Share this story: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/2017/06/15/lenape-anti-bullying-earns-no-place-hate-bigotry/392444001/

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Greater New Haven ADL presents Torch of Liberty Award to Edible Arrangements CEO – New Haven Register

More than 350 leading citizens and government officials joined the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday to honor community leaders in greater New Haven. The ADL presented its Torch of Liberty Award to Asma Farid and Tariq Farid, the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements. Lindy Lee Gold was honored with the Distinguished Community Leadership Award at Congregation Bnai Jacob, in Woodbridge. The Torch of Liberty Award is presented annually to outstanding citizens and corporations whose extraordinary work has helped to strengthen the Greater New Haven community, according to the release. The Distinguished Community Leadership Award recognizes outstanding citizens who contribute to building strong communities that are open to all people without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It was an unforgettable evening, said ADL Connecticut Director Steve Ginsburg in the press release. Asma, Tariq and Lindy truly deserving honorees, and each spoke beautifully about their journeys and the ADL values that guided them along the way. With all the divisiveness in the world today, we were blessed to have an inclusive and celebratory event. ADL has a unique ability to convene and build bridges among people from different backgrounds and faiths. Last night made clear to us all that the Greater New Haven community is essential to our goal of creating a world without hate. Advertisement

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Disgraced journalist pleads guilty to making bomb threats Agains – KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona – KVOA Tucson News

BySAFIA SAMEE ALIandASSOCIATED PRESS A disgraced former journalist pleaded guilty in a New York federal court on Tuesday to calling in fake bomb threats to at least a dozen Jewish Community Centers as a part of a bizarre revenge campaign against an ex-girlfriend. Juan Thompson, 31, of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged with making threats to numerous Jewish centers across the country as well as to the Anti-Defamation Leagues headquarters posing as his ex-girlfriend in a plot to “harass and intimidate her, officials said. Fueling fear and distress, Juan Thompson made fake bomb threats to over a dozen Jewish Community Centers and organizations around the country, Joon H. Kim, the Acting U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement. Thompson’s threats not only inflicted emotional distress on his victim, but also harmed Jewish communities around the country,” he added. Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking and one count of making hoax bomb threats. He told a U.S. District Judge that he was “slightly nervous” as he pleaded guilty to charges that each carry a potential penalty of five years in prison. He agreed not to appeal any sentence at or below 46 months, nearly four years, in prison. Thompson said he sent emails and faxes to his ex-girlfriend’s employer after she ended their relationship in the summer of 2016 and later made bomb threats, claiming his ex-girlfriend had planted bombs at several local community centers in New York and other states. Thompson admitted he made the threats “to disrupt my ex-romantic partner’s life” and cause her distress. “For this, I deeply apologize,” he said. Thompsons fake threats piggy-backed off of the wave of bomb threats that terrorized the Jewish community across the country earlier this year. From January to March, more than 150 bomb threats were reported against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 states and two Canadian provinces, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that battles anti-Semitism. Thompson had been fired in 2015 from his job atThe Interceptafter he was accused of fabricating an interview with a supposed cousin of white supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof. Thompson will go before a judge for sentencing later this year.

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Patch.com Copper Beech Student In Abington Honored By Anti – Defamation League Patch.com ABINGTON, PA The Anti – Defamation League recognized Copper Beech student Jillian Brown for her "No Place for Hate" essay submission in a recent contest, the school district announced. Brown won Honorable Mention in the league's 2017 contest, and …

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ADL blasts Likud MKs for attending launch of anti-Arab book – The Times of Israel

The Anti-Defamation League has lambasted top Likud Knesset members for attending a launch event for a book that calls Israeli Arabs parasites and posits that they should be held in camps. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, Coalition Chairman David Bitan and MKs Miki Zohar and Oren Hazan all participated in the event in Ramat Gan Wednesday, leading the ADL to condemn the affair Friday as dangerous and inhumane. The book, The Arab Minority in Israel: Open and Hidden Processes by historian Raphael Israeli, describes Arabs as a danger to the Jewish states future, Haaretz reported. It calls them parasites who suckle at the teat of the state and a fifth column due to their support for the Palestinians. In one passage Israeli, citing American internment camps for Japanese immigrants during World War II, wonders that here, despite the Arabs openly identifying with the enemy, no harm will come to them. Not only are they not put into camps, they have permission to stand at our podiums. Whoever heard of such a thing, other than in feeble Israel which has lost it will to exist as a Jewish state? Following the Haaretz report on the book and the event, the ADL tweeted on Friday: This is dangerous and inhumane. All of us, including Israeli leaders, have a duty to reject this hateful rhetoric. Katz, speaking at the event, praised the tome as one filled with very profound, very unequivocal insights. Though he noted that not everyone will agree with everything or every word, it is deserving of discussion, serious discussion. He later said he took issue with some of the books contents. Hazan told Haaretz he regretted attending the event, saying he did not support the book or its blanket statements against Arabs.

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ADL JOINS GROUPS CALLING ON MAYORS TO DISAVOW ANTI-MUSLIM MARCHES – Highland Community News (subscription)

New York, NY, June 9, 2017 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern over coordinated anti-Muslim marches that are slated to take place in at least twenty states across the country on Saturday, June 10. ADL joined more than 100 groups to urge Mayors where the rallies are taking place to disavow these marches. The series of bigoted events titled the March Against Sharia are being organized by an anti-Muslim organization called ACT for America!, one of the largest anti-Muslim extremist groups in the United States that aggressively promotes stereotypes about Islam and believes that Muslim immigration to the U.S. must end. These marches perpetuate harmful stereotypes about Muslims and could potentially lead to acts of harassment and violence, said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. The ideas furthered by these anti-Muslim groups only serve to weaken our communities. We call on the elected officials, community and religious leaders and public figures where these abhorrent events are taking place to disavow them and stand up against hate. In a recent poll, ADL found for the first time that a majority of Americans (52 percent) say they are concerned about violence in the U.S. directed at Jews, and an even a higher percentage (76 percent) are concerned about violence directed at Muslims. According to ADLs Center on Extremism, right-wing extremists are likely to participate in some of the rallies across the country. The League has also actively challenged President Trumps executive order on immigration and refugees, calling the Muslim ban an appeal to xenophobia and fear that is reminiscent of historical anti-immigrant mistakes of our nations past. The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the worlds leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Follow us on Twitter: @ADL_National

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Anti-Defamation League Honors Local Schools For Anti-Bullying Efforts – CBS Philly

June 6, 2017 1:29 PM By MikeDeNardo PHILADELPHIA (CBS) The Anti-Defamation League is honoring schools around the region for their efforts to tackle bias and bullying. The ceremony at the Walnut Street Theater brought together students from dozens of schools participating in the ADLs No Place for Hate program. Cherry Hill West High School was singled out for piloting a program to reduce bias and bullying. Right after the bomb threat at the Katz JCC a lot of people saw the need to really kind of put their foot down and say, No. Hate has no home in Cherry Hill,’ said teacher Sherri Adamson. Freshman Vincent Gollotto says students produced a multi-ethnic video. Hate has no home in Cherry Hill really went to the community and really did make a difference in our community, saidGollotto. The ADLs education director for No Place for Hate, Lisa Friedlander, says schools are becoming more responsive. In some cases, theyve heard more reports of bullying which is actually a good thing, said Friedlander. Because that means students are learning to feel safe to report it because they know that administrators are taking it seriously. She says the ADL has been called to help with an increasing number of hate and bias incidents, even at the middle school level. Mike DeNardo, a veteran of KYW Newsradio for more than 30 years, covers a broad array of news stories for KYW. He specializes in stories about education and the schools. DeNardo has won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award three times in 2008… About Us Advertise Business Development Contact Mobile Connect CBS Television Public File CBS Radio Public File

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What’s Happened to the Anti-Defamation League? – Algemeiner

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. Photo: ADL. Where is theAnti-DefamationLeague (ADL)? As a new antisemitism caststhe Jewish stateas the cruelest of nations,and her Jewish supporters as racists, the ADL has been largely silent.The lies are spreadinnewspapers,churchesand college classrooms. On campuses,Jewish students are harassed and intimidated.Eventhe curriculain many public high schools and middle schoolsisbiased against Israel.Yet theADL, once the Jewishpeoplesdefense agency,seems unable or unwilling toeffectively fight back. Case in point: LindaSarsour,a virulently anti-Israel Islamistwhois asupporterofterrorists,andadefenderof Sharia law,wasa featured speaker at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Healths graduation onJune 1. June 7, 2017 4:18 pm Yet it was only after weeks of silence,andonlywhenupbraidedfor that despicablesilence,thattheADLfinallyissueda statementcriticizingSarsour. (Ms. Sarsour is an antisemite whofightsto bar Jewish women from the feministmovement unless they renounce Israel, and has tweeted that,Nothing is creepier than Zionism. And even theADLsbelatedcriticism ofSarsour, penned by its CEO, JonathanGreenblatt, was weak.The ADL statementrejectedSarsourssupport of BDS,butit supported CUNYsdecision toinvite her, citing her right to free speech.But, as former CUNY trustee JeffreyWeisenfeld haspointed out,allowing someone to speak and giving them one of the most honored platforms that a university can provideare twodifferent things. EvenAbe Foxman himself, the legendary ADL leader whoreportedlyselected Greenblatt as his heir, unblinkingly told reporters that CUNY should not have invited Sarsour. The ADLs problem is that ithas never figured out what to do about the new antisemitism which is exactly whatSarsourrepresents. When the enemies of the Jewish people were onlyNazis,neo-Nazis, Christian antisemites and skinheads, the ADL did just fine. They exposed, they warned, they scolded and they sued. In every city with a sizable Jewish population, the ADL functioned as the Jewish Civil Defense Department. But sometime during the late 1960s,the virus ofantisemitismbegan to morph. Age-old accusations against the Jews and their religion were re-directed toward the Jewish state, and its Jewish supporters. Antisemitic smears were used to paintIsrael as the Jew among nationsan art that the United Nations has perfected. And much of this hate comes from liberals and leftists, along with the traditional antisemites (white supremacists, neo-Nazis, etc.) But the ADL and its donorsstuck in the past, like old generals fighting the last war cannot or will not adjust. The ADLwas born on the progressive side of politics, fighting right-wing Jew-hatred, and supporting social justice. The group haschosen to stay there, even when in my view the threats from the left now eclipse those of the right in their intensity and reach.And so the ADL keptsending those (fundraising) postcards with swastikas found inbathroom stalls in Iowa, and campaignedagainst Pat Robertson, whom itpainted as thesamesort of right-wing threat that we all once kneweven though many people now believe that Robertson and Christian evangelicals areIsraels, and the Jews, best allies. And asit ignores antisemitism from the left,the ADL hassimilarlyshrunk from confronting Islamic Jew-hatredthe biggest threat to Jewish life on the planetfor fear of being labelled Islamophobic by its left-wing allies.Some scholars now describe the new antisemitism as being propelled by a Red-Green Alliance of radical leftists and radical Islamists. The ADL hesitates to defend the Jews against either threat. Morton Klein, of the Zionist Organization of America, and others like him who pressured the ADL to condemn Sarsour were right, and they deserve creditfor shining a light on the Sarsour/ADL scandal. ADLsweakness on this controversyis emblematic of its failure to adopt to the new antisemitism. And it is a timely reminder to American Jewry of the need for a new, and bold, leadershipthat is up to the challenge of confrontingthese dangerous times.

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Anti-Defamation League Welcomes EU Support for Self-Regulation … – eNews Park Forest

New York, NY(ENEWSPF)June 2, 2017. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomes EU Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourovas statements in support of a self-regulatory approach to online hate speech. Following yesterdays release of an EU evaluation of industry responses to online hate speech, Commissioner Jourova called the self-regulatory approach a success. The evaluation and her statements came a year after the EU and major internet companies announced a voluntary Code of Conduct. Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, released the following statement: Back in 2014 ADL developed cyber hate best practices with the companies that worked with the EU and its our view that self-regulation, involving industry and civil society, is the best approach to combatting online hate speech. Optimizing the removal of hate speech while protecting freedom of speech requires continuous improvements in technology and education of platform providers and users. Legislation and lawsuits will only hold back the work of companies and civil society working together in good faith. We welcome Commissioner Jourovas comments that the EU evaluation shows that a self-regulatory approach can work, if all actors do their part. She rightly emphasized that the self-regulatory approach of the voluntary Code of Conduct agreement between the EU and Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft brought much quicker results than a legislative approach, which could take many years, and that the self-regulatory approach, which involves the companies and civil society, emphasizes the rejection of hate speech by all of society, not just governments. We hope the Justice Ministers of the EU member states will support Commissioner Jourovas recommendations when they meet next week to discuss online hate speech. ADL has repeatedly championed the self-regulatory approach, including in our Best Practices for Responding to Cyberhate, which ADL produced in 2014 after discussions with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter to help prevent the spread of online hate speech. These companies and others publicly endorsed the document. The best practices document was an outgrowth of a working group on cyberhate that ADL has convened for years with tech companies, academics, and other leaders who evaluate current practices and develop new strategies for responding to hate online. ADL recently announced plans to open a state-of-the-art center in Silicon Valley that will combine cutting-edge analysis, education, and new strategies and partnerships to combat online hate and protect civil rights. Source: http://adl.org

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