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What’s happened to the Anti-Defamation League? – Heritage Florida Jewish News

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As a new anti-Semitism 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.

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 hastweetedthat,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 anti-Semitismwhich is exactly whatSarsourrepresents.

When the enemies of the Jewish people were onlyNazis,neo-Nazis, Christian anti-Semites 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 ofanti-Semitismbegan to morph. Age-old accusations against the Jews and their religion were re-directed toward the Jewish state, and its Jewish supporters. Anti-Semitic 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 anti-Semites (white supremacists, neo-Nazis, etc.)

But the ADL and its donorsstuck in the past, like old generals fighting the last warcannot 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 whenin my viewthe 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 andChristian evangelicals areIsraels, and the Jews, best allies.

And asit ignores anti-Semitism 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 anti-Semitism as being propelled by a Red-Green Allianceof 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 anti-Semitism. 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.

Charles Jacobs is the founder of Americans for Peace & Tolerance. This article was originally printed in The Algemeiner.

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Anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado continue to spike, new audit shows – The Denver Channel

DENVER Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in Colorado, according to a newly released Anti-Defamation League audit.

There has been a marked increase in the harassment of Jewish individuals and vandalism of Jewish institutions in the last six months, with 15 anti-Semitic already recorded in the first quarter of 2017, reports the ADL in the latest issue of ADL Dateline.

The magazine also reports the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado more than double in 2016 from the previous year.

The ADLs annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents found 45 incidents in Colorado last year, compared to only 18 incidents in 2015.

So far this year, there have been five reported cases where swastikas have popped up in Colorado.

The latest incident Denver7 reported happened at a home in Aurora on June 2. There, a couple woke up to swastikas spray-pained on their home.

On January 3, State Rep. Jonathan Sifound a Longmont park vandalized with swastikas.

Days later,people who live near Glenmere Park in Greeley were shocked to findtwo swastikas traced into the snowon the parks frozen lake.

Then, on May 3, swastikas and other symbols of hatewere found carved into cars near DU.

That same week, firefighters foundswastikas carved into afreshly poured concrete sidewalkin Westminster.

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Can Jewish Groups Fight Bigotry Together While Clashing On Israel? – Forward

Jewish organizations are scrapping publicly about whether they can work together on combating anti-Muslim bigotry after a statement made Monday by the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

Jonathan Greenblatt told the Algemeiner on Monday that he was deeply upset and troubled after discovering that a public statement his organization had signed last week condemning discrimination against Muslims was also signed by Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that supports the boycott of Israel.

The two organizations have frequently clashed. The ADLs website criticizes JVP for us[ing] its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism, and a blog post on the JVP website accuses the ADL of kill[ing] the Black-Jewish alliance.

The Algemeiner reported that the ADL added its name before it saw most of the other organizations to join the initiative, which included mainstream groups like the National Council of La Raza, but also the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker group that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Greenblatt promised to exercise greater caution before lending its name to letters with multiple signers. But in the meantime, the broader debate about whether attitudes toward Israel should serve as a litmus test for potential partners played out on Twitter.

Were going to be a lot more careful, but we are not going to surrender the center to the extremists, he told the Algemeiner. We cannot allow fringe groups to capitalize on our halo.

Leaders of other Jewish organizations that signed the letter were split over whether they would have joined had they known JVP and other groups were also parties.

The president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, David Bernstein, wrote on Twitter that he agreed with Greenblatt. While we stand by letters message, regret signing w/grps that deny Israels rt to exist, he tweeted, later adding, I am a litmus test minimalist, but there are litmus tests worth having.

But Rabbi Jill Jacobs of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which also signed the letter, argued for a different approach, both on Twitter in response to Bernstein and Greenblatt and in an interview with the Forward.

I certainly havent vetted every single one of the, however many there were, dozens of organizations that signed to see whether I agreed with every single one of their policy positions, she said. Im sure I dont. But if we had that standard, wed never sign anything.

She cited her organizations partnership with Catholic groups to advocate against solitary confinement despite disagreements over reproductive rights and gay marriage. (The AFSC was also part of that anti-solitary confinement campaign).

JVP spokesperson Naomi Dann responded to the ADLs criticism in kind.

The ADL cant be a partner against Islamophobia if they are conditioning their support for fighting anti-Muslim bigotry on peoples politics around Israel, she told the Forward.

She added that her organization had no regrets signing the letter despite the fact that the ADL also signed. But she added that in future such circumstances, her organization also might think twice about partnering with groups that dont share their support for Palestinian rights.

Other Jewish organizations that signed the letter, like the JCPA, the Union for Reform Judaism, Bend the Arc and the National Council of Jewish Women, did not return requests for comment.

The ADL shared with the Forward a statement from Greenblatt, saying in part that they recognize that when signing onto letters of this sort we must ensure that we are not inadvertently legitimizing groups who hold positions antithetical to our core values. In this time when many communities face real challenges, the coalitions we build must allow us both to speak our conscience without unduly politicizing the work.

But Jacobs, who made clear that she was only explaining her own organizations policies, argued that such a balance would be very difficult to strike: If we said that were only going to be in coalition with groups that we have agreed with on every issue, then forget it, wed be sitting in our little bubble working with the same two organizations all the time.

Contact Aiden Pink at pink@forward.com or on Twitter @aidenpink.

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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

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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.

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What’s happened to the Anti-Defamation League? – Heritage Florida Jewish News

Whereis theAnti-DefamationLeague? As a new anti-Semitism 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. 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 hastweetedthat,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 anti-Semitismwhich is exactly whatSarsourrepresents. When the enemies of the Jewish people were onlyNazis,neo-Nazis, Christian anti-Semites 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 ofanti-Semitismbegan to morph. Age-old accusations against the Jews and their religion were re-directed toward the Jewish state, and its Jewish supporters. Anti-Semitic 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 anti-Semites (white supremacists, neo-Nazis, etc.) But the ADL and its donorsstuck in the past, like old generals fighting the last warcannot 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 whenin my viewthe 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 andChristian evangelicals areIsraels, and the Jews, best allies. And asit ignores anti-Semitism 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 anti-Semitism as being propelled by a Red-Green Allianceof 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 anti-Semitism. 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. Charles Jacobs is the founder of Americans for Peace & Tolerance. This article was originally printed in The Algemeiner.

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Anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado continue to spike, new audit shows – The Denver Channel

DENVER Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in Colorado, according to a newly released Anti-Defamation League audit. There has been a marked increase in the harassment of Jewish individuals and vandalism of Jewish institutions in the last six months, with 15 anti-Semitic already recorded in the first quarter of 2017, reports the ADL in the latest issue of ADL Dateline. The magazine also reports the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Colorado more than double in 2016 from the previous year. The ADLs annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents found 45 incidents in Colorado last year, compared to only 18 incidents in 2015. So far this year, there have been five reported cases where swastikas have popped up in Colorado. The latest incident Denver7 reported happened at a home in Aurora on June 2. There, a couple woke up to swastikas spray-pained on their home. On January 3, State Rep. Jonathan Sifound a Longmont park vandalized with swastikas. Days later,people who live near Glenmere Park in Greeley were shocked to findtwo swastikas traced into the snowon the parks frozen lake. Then, on May 3, swastikas and other symbols of hatewere found carved into cars near DU. That same week, firefighters foundswastikas carved into afreshly poured concrete sidewalkin Westminster.

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Can Jewish Groups Fight Bigotry Together While Clashing On Israel? – Forward

Jewish organizations are scrapping publicly about whether they can work together on combating anti-Muslim bigotry after a statement made Monday by the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. Jonathan Greenblatt told the Algemeiner on Monday that he was deeply upset and troubled after discovering that a public statement his organization had signed last week condemning discrimination against Muslims was also signed by Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that supports the boycott of Israel. The two organizations have frequently clashed. The ADLs website criticizes JVP for us[ing] its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism, and a blog post on the JVP website accuses the ADL of kill[ing] the Black-Jewish alliance. The Algemeiner reported that the ADL added its name before it saw most of the other organizations to join the initiative, which included mainstream groups like the National Council of La Raza, but also the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker group that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Greenblatt promised to exercise greater caution before lending its name to letters with multiple signers. But in the meantime, the broader debate about whether attitudes toward Israel should serve as a litmus test for potential partners played out on Twitter. Were going to be a lot more careful, but we are not going to surrender the center to the extremists, he told the Algemeiner. We cannot allow fringe groups to capitalize on our halo. Leaders of other Jewish organizations that signed the letter were split over whether they would have joined had they known JVP and other groups were also parties. The president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, David Bernstein, wrote on Twitter that he agreed with Greenblatt. While we stand by letters message, regret signing w/grps that deny Israels rt to exist, he tweeted, later adding, I am a litmus test minimalist, but there are litmus tests worth having. But Rabbi Jill Jacobs of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which also signed the letter, argued for a different approach, both on Twitter in response to Bernstein and Greenblatt and in an interview with the Forward. I certainly havent vetted every single one of the, however many there were, dozens of organizations that signed to see whether I agreed with every single one of their policy positions, she said. Im sure I dont. But if we had that standard, wed never sign anything. She cited her organizations partnership with Catholic groups to advocate against solitary confinement despite disagreements over reproductive rights and gay marriage. (The AFSC was also part of that anti-solitary confinement campaign). JVP spokesperson Naomi Dann responded to the ADLs criticism in kind. The ADL cant be a partner against Islamophobia if they are conditioning their support for fighting anti-Muslim bigotry on peoples politics around Israel, she told the Forward. She added that her organization had no regrets signing the letter despite the fact that the ADL also signed. But she added that in future such circumstances, her organization also might think twice about partnering with groups that dont share their support for Palestinian rights. Other Jewish organizations that signed the letter, like the JCPA, the Union for Reform Judaism, Bend the Arc and the National Council of Jewish Women, did not return requests for comment. The ADL shared with the Forward a statement from Greenblatt, saying in part that they recognize that when signing onto letters of this sort we must ensure that we are not inadvertently legitimizing groups who hold positions antithetical to our core values. In this time when many communities face real challenges, the coalitions we build must allow us both to speak our conscience without unduly politicizing the work. But Jacobs, who made clear that she was only explaining her own organizations policies, argued that such a balance would be very difficult to strike: If we said that were only going to be in coalition with groups that we have agreed with on every issue, then forget it, wed be sitting in our little bubble working with the same two organizations all the time. Contact Aiden Pink at pink@forward.com or on Twitter @aidenpink.

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

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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