There are many of places online to get background about the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.

Spy vs Spite - By Matt Isaacs - Feature article from the February 2 - 8, 2000 SF Weekly
ADL Watch - many background articles on the ADL
Fact Sheet on the ADL "...one of the ugliest, most powerful pressure groups in the U.S...
JPFO Facts vs. ADL Lies - from Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. Hartford, WI
ADL The Jewish "Anti-Defamation League - Radio Islam
Behind the Mask of Respectability: [duke.org] Organized Crime, spying, murder, Internet Censorship
National Alliance of Massachusetts: The ADL Archive Lots of articles about the ADL
Were the Spies "Journalists"? The ADL Snoops - CounterPunch
Spy Case Update: The Anti-Defamation League Fights Back By Rachelle Marshall
The Anti-Defamation League: A Foreign Agent - Articles and smears - site by David Irving
The ADL: America's Greatest Enemy by Kevin Alfred Strom, 1993
The ADL: The drive to outlaw free speech and thought [stormfront.org]
The Ugly Truth about the Anti Defamation League (ADL) [williamcooper.com]

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What's wrong with the Anti-Defamation League?

The ADL is "...one of the ugliest, most powerful pressure groups in the U.S...Its primary commitment is to use any technique, however dishonest and disgraceful, in order to defame and silence and destroy anybody who dares to criticize the Holy State ('Israel')." --Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Too many journalists run ADL spin with little real knowledge about the organization and it's history - even recent history.

Take the case of the couple in Denver, for example.

Judge rules that judgment against ADL stands [FinalCall.com] - A ruling by a federal judge in Denver March 31 which upheld most of a year-old $10 million jury finding that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) libeled a couple by falsely portraying them as anti-Semites may at last call into question the group’s heretofore unassailable reputation as the sole "defender of the Jews" in America.
Judge Slams ADL for Hurting Couple Tarred As 'Anti-Semites' By Marc Perelman [forward.com] April 13. 2001 ... "Can you imagine an organization using money from Marc Rich, a guy who made millions dealing with anti-Semitic countries like Iran, attacking powerless people for some alleged anti-Semitic slurs?" he said.

UPHOLDING most of a $10 million defamation suit against the Anti- Defamation League, a federal judge in Denver has lambasted the organization for labeling a nasty neighborhood feud as an anti-Semitic event. In upholding the first-ever court defeat handed to the 87-year-old ADL, U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham said the organization had endorsed and publicized the bigotry accusations of a Jewish couple against its neighbors without either investigating the case or weighing the consequences. Judge Slams ADL for Hurting Couple Tarred As 'Anti-Semites'

"In 1994, Saul F. Rosenthal, director of ADL's Mountain States region, held a news conference accusing the Quigleys of anti-Semitism." — Robert Weller, AP May 13, 2000

How many times is the ADL refered to as a "civil rights organization"? Perhaps they should ask people from the organizations found in ADL files. ADL functions more like an agency of the national security state. They follow people and attempt to demonize people they don't approve of. When that doesn't work - they either coerce/spin reporters (and their bosses) into furthering their agenda. ADL is a big business with fat budgets and a little too close working arrangement with law enforcement, politicians and media big shots. See: Fact Sheet on the ADL

I mentioned last week that when the Anti-Defamation League -- or ADL for short -- handed out press releases on September 24 to newspapers and other media in which they said that the organization I head, the National Alliance, is "the single most dangerous organized hate group in America," and that we are "linked" to bank robberies, bombings, and murders all over the country, virtually all of the media simply printed these wild charges without checking them for accuracy. Of all the hundreds of newspapers which printed the ADL's charges, only one -- West Virginia's Charleston Gazette -- even bothered to call me first and ask for my comments. The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith by Dr. William Pierce

They use the "anti-Semitism" label as a weapon to suppress criticism of Israel.

"The number one goal of the ADL is the protection of Israel," a former Republican congressman from San Mateo Pete McCloskey told SF Weekly in a recent interview. The Anti Defamation League: Censoring the Internet on Behalf of Israel

They intimidate book, newspaper and magazine publishers and distributers. They try to get governments in other countries without a first ammendment to outlaw publications they disagree with.

ADL directory Abraham H. Foxman attempted to intimidate a publisher into not publishing A Nation on Trial : The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth by Norman G. Finkelstein, Ruth Bettina Birn. See: "Cries to Halt Publication of Holocaust Book" (Arts & Ideas, NYTimes, Jan. 10 '99) and the comments in a letter to the editor a few days later ... "The Nazis banned books critical of their views; so did Stalin and so, until recently, did his successors. That''s how things work in totalitarian states. Abraham H. Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League calls for the Birn-Finkelstein book''s suppression. He should not forget that we live in a free society."

The European/American Issues Forum, a San Francisco Bay Area based moderate and thoughtful civil rights organization protests Barnes and Noble joining with the Anti-Defamation League in an effort that purports to support the teaching of tolerance while practicing the very opposite. Protesting Barnes and Noble and the Anti-Defamation League's Book "Hate Hurts..."

They're saying as little as possible in public, they're ashamed of what they're about, but electronic mail communications obtained by CODOH confirm that the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel are doing what they can, under the table, to stop CODOH advertisements from running in student newspapers across America.... Smith's Report #42

In 1996 the ADL praised the prison sentence meted out to an American publisher in Germany: "ADL today said it was gratified that a German court sentenced American...Gary Lauck to four years in prison for...disseminating anti- Semitic...hate material." .. On March 14, 1996 the B'nai B'rith called a press conference in Toronto urging the government to arrest revisionist publisher Ernst Zündel for printing revisionist pamphlets the Zionist group abhors. Fact Sheet On ADL

They actively promote the Holocaust Industry.

See: THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY [normanfinkelstein.com]

Shoah business [salon.com] "The son of an Auschwitz survivor accuses the "Holocaust industry," Elie Wiesel and Jewish leaders worldwide of a vast shakedown. With his clever, explosive and sometimes even wryly funny little book, "The Holocaust Industry," Norman G. Finkelstein, the 47-year-old enfant terrible of Holocaust studies from Brooklyn, N.Y., hit a nerve. Such a big nerve, in fact, that it caused a blackout of virtually all intellectual circuits ..."

They smear people with the 'Anti-Semite' label.

The leading official monitor of anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith, interprets anti-Semitism as unwillingness to conform to its requirements with regard to support for Israeli authorities. These conceptions were clearly expounded by ADL National Director Nathan Perlmutter, who wrote that while old-fashioned anti-Semitism has declined, there is a new and more dangerous variety on the part of "peacemakers of Vietnam vintage, transmuters of swords into plowshares, championing the terrorist P.L.O.," and those who condemn U.S. policies in Vietnam and Central America while "sniping at American defense budgets." He fears that "nowadays war is getting a bad name and peace too favorable a press" with the rise of this "real anti-Semitism." The logic is straightforward: Anti-Semitism is opposition to the interests of Israel (as the ADL sees them); and these interests are threatened by "the liberals," the churches, and others who do not adhere to the ADL political line. - Necessary Illusions by Noam Chomsky Appendix V Segment 20/33

In an interview with a local Jewish weekly, the Northern California Bulletin, that turned into a tirade, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman lashed out at the San Francisco district attorney; the newspapers that enabled "the D.A. to try us in the media"; critics who call ADL information-gathering activities "spying"; and, for good measure, all other "bastards" who are "anti-Semitic, undemocratic, and anti-American." ... In his book They Dare to Speak Out, former Congressman Paul Findley quotes Chomsky as saying, "Virtually every talk I give is monitored, and reports of their alleged contents are sent on to the league to be incorporated in my file." He added that whenever he is scheduled to speak, ADL distributes literature in advance containing distorted or fabricated accounts of his views in an attempt to identify him as an anti-Semite. Spy Case Update

Looking for a hate group? Investigate the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). ADL associate Leonard Dinnerstein, author of "Anti-Semitism in America," proclaims: "Educated Blacks are the worst anti-Semitic group in the U.S., and blacks overall have been the most anti-Semitic group since slavery." Anti-Defamation League is the hate group, not Schiller Institute

Chuck D Demands Apology For Charges Of Anti-Semitism

Definition: Sem·ite (smt) n. 1. A member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians. 2. A Jew. Bible. 3. A descendant of Shem. [The American Heritage]

They try to control what is published online. Their end run around the First Ammendment is to get private companies to become the censors when they can't get the government to do it.

In the ADL article "Responding to Extemist Speech Online: 10 Frequently Asked Questions", the ADL explains how they work around the Constitution to stifle free speech. In this article, the ADL suggests the following: "Commercial ISPs, such as America Online (AOL), may voluntarily agree to prohibit users from sending racist or bigoted messages over their services. Such prohibitions do not implicate First Amendment rights because they are entered into through private contracts and do not involve government action in any way. Role in Internet Censorship

"Concerning B'nai B'rith, the ADL and others, I'm just struck over and over again how these Jewish organizations condemn and denounce practices done in this country that they passionately defend when they're done in Israel. It's a tremendous double standard." ... "'It is very troubling to us," ADL's complaint to the IRS continues, 'that a group whose identity centers on refuting the Holocaust should be granted tax-exempt status,' wrote Elizabeth Coleman, ADL Director, Civil Rights Division, in a letter to Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner, IRS." It might logically be asked what legal difference the IRS could possibly see between two groups claiming tax-exempt status, one promoting the conventional view of the Holocaust and the other refuting that view. (ADL) Hypocritical

Their HateFilter™ "uses the filtering technology of Cyber Patrol® from the Internet Solutions Group of the Learning Company" to limit access to sites they consider inappropriate. What sites do they block? They will not say.

The "traditional enemies" of free speech

They ignore the violence of Israelis toward Palestinians and encourage the U.S. government to initiate violence.

In an ADL press release which was published today you are quoted as expressing "outrage" at Gush Shalom's portrayal of Prime Minister Barak as a killer of Palestinian children in a caricature on its web site, and as stating that "The image of a militant Barak standing on the bleeding bullet-ridden body of a Palestinian child is abhorrent". We fully share your feelings of outrage and abhorrence - outrage and abhorrence not at a cartoon, a few bytes of virtual reality, but at the true cruel reality which that cartoon faithfully reflects. A reality being enacted day after day after day in the Occupied Territories, a reality of Israeli military snipers taking careful aim with their telescopic sights and shooting high-velocity ammunition at unarmed opponents - men and women, boys and girls. Snipers aiming carefully at the upper part of the body, shooting with deliberation and the full intention of causing death or grave injury. One of these snipers spoke on prime time Israeli TV two weeks ago, describing quite frankly what he is about. Defamation from the Anti-Defamation League answered by Robert Younes, M.D.

Support for Sudan bombing ADL Expresses Support For United States Strikes Against Terrorist Network In Afghanistan And Sudan New York, NY, August 20, 1998. - The ADL in one of their press releases congratulated President Clinton for his "decisive action" in bombing the Al-Shifa medical plant in the Sudan, and then later the United States admitted that they might have made a mistake. The ADL, AJC and Hillel Student Union

ADL Says State Department Report on Human Rights is Unfair and Distorted on Israel

They perpetuate Jewish exceptionalism.

God's chosen children: "The Holocaust is something different. It is a singular event. It is not simply one example of genocide but a near successful attempt on the life of God's chosen children and, thus, on God Himself. It is an event that is the antithesis of Creation as recorded in the Bible; and like its direct opposite, which is relived weekly with the Sabbath and yearly with the Torah, it must be remembered from generation to generation." Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (New York), writing in ADL On the Frontline (January 1994, page 2)

The life of a Gentile is not worth one Jewish fingernail." (Menechim Begin)

ADL tries to stifle Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, DC, and Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America reportedly called on Jewish leaders to not enter into any agreement with Muslim organizations. Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Dealt a Setback By Pro-Israel Hard Liners

ADL has a history of spying on groups and collecting information from government agencies.

Organizations found in ADL files

"I personally have knowledge that ADL has historically attacked black leadership," said Gaither, a Nation of Islam member. The editorial was not at all intended "as anything against the Jewish community," he said. Editorial in Howard U. paper accuses ADL of spying on blacks

They have a little too cozy relationship with U.S. law enforcement and foreign spy agencies.

Remarks from CIA chief George Tenet -- an unprecedented admission by the spy agency of its relationship with ADL -- point to an even more severe violation of normative separation of chuch and state doctrine Intelligence and covert operations are much more central to the core activities of a state than say education or the provision of public services. Yet, ADL has no qualms about maintaining an insider, not-at-arms-length relationship with that oh-so-democratic institution, the Central Intelligence Agency. Do what we say, not what we do. That could well be the motto of the Anti-Defamation League. [usajewish.com, April 16, 2000]

In 1993 the ADL illegally obtained California police and government records in San Francisco on a wide array of dissident political groups and turned them over to the Israeli government. Due to its enormous influence, the ADL escaped criminal prosecution in return for paying $75,000 to groups that fight hate crimes. (8) The ADL "runs a nationwide surveillance operation on political groups with the assistance of other law enforcement officials...The ADL spied on political groups in the US and this information allegedly made its way to Israeli security authorities." (9) Fact Sheet on the ADL

The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith has maintained close relationships with law enforcement intelligence units nationwide for many years. This is consistent with the organization's reliance on centrist/extremist theory which assumes criminal intent on the part of militant dissidents. This analytical model, coupled with the increased influence within ADL of neoconservative political ideology, led ADL to engage in data collection practices that reflected a serious disregard for civil liberties and privacy rights. Repression 2000 by Chip Berlet & Matthew N. Lyons

The recipient of the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award 2000 was Richard S. Hirschhaut. Mr. Hirschhaut is the Director of the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office. Field Office Highlights - Chicago - Is the Chicago FBI aware that he was the chief of the ADL's San Francisco office in 1986 in the time period of the "ADL spy case"? [hint] Richard Hirschhaut apparently even introduced Roy Bullock to Thomas Gerard in 1986.

"I really am happy to be back with the ADL. I feel right at home here. Since your founding in 1913, you have been an angel on America's shoulder, summing us to our highest ideas. " Al Gore, May 9, 2000

ADL goes after people using "anti-defamation" and or "Anti Discrimination" in their names.

WADL {The Witches Anti Discrimination League ) died a painful death on the eve of Y2K. Steve Foster, President of WADL National announced that as of January 1, 2000 WADL National would henceforth be known as AREN, the Alternative Religious Education Network. After more than 30 years as the premier voice for Pagan and Wiccan culture, WADL was no more. A very sad day indeed. Sadder still is how our faithful little anti-discrimination duck met its demise. The ADL (Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith) killed it.... The Death of a Duck

PRESS CONFERENCE - DEC. 16, 1992 We have called this press conference to announce that the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith has sued the American Indian Anti-Defamation Council in Federal Court for the District of Colorado. Press Release - AIADC

On April 16, 1998 we received an email from Jill Kahn Meltzer advising us "that the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith has the exclusive right to use the name ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE". See story and comments from people about this.

But do they go after the Squirrel Anti-Defamation League or the Hacker Anti-Defamation League ? There is even a Celtic Tiger Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL has too much money.

1998 income of $46,417,023 [Source: GuideStar 16-May-01]
1999 salary for Abraham Foxman - $389,000
Corporate Funding of the Anti-Defamation League and Affiliates

The Rich Foundation has donated about $250,000 to the ADL - ADL stationery used to support Rich pardon ... Another interesting fact is that Abraham Foxman met with Marc Rich in the mid 1980s in Switzerland, shortly after Rich fled the country. He was at the time of their meeting being sought after by the FBI and the US Marshall Service. Quid Pro Quo and the ADL’s Modus Operandi

The Maldon Institute in 1993 claimed financial support from "public–spirited foundations including the Allegheny Foundation, The Carthage Foundation, the Anti–Defamation League of B’nai B’rith...." [Source: Chip Berlet, publiceye.org] - What is the connection between the ADL and the Maldon Institute?

People of the Anti-Defamation League

Call's for Foxman's resignation

What is encouraging is to see Jews (and non Jews) working for peace in Israel - see ‘Not in My Name’ by Alisa Solomon, Village Voice, May 16 - 22, 2001

See: Palestine Media Watch - for anti-Palestinian media bias

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