Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:04:42 PM EST
Picked up this blast of the ADL, and its bigoted leader, Abe Foxman, a little late, but since the ADL has joined the right wing pro-Israel lobby and will presumably continue with its anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab, and anti-Islamic diatribes, it seemed to be a good place to start understanding the ADL. This is not the ADL of old, you understand, which had been active since 1903 as a force fighting anti-Semitism in the US, and now in Europe. It is the new ADL that is willing to partake of bigotry itself if it believe that it will in some way benefit Israel.
The subtitle says it all: "Abe Foxman calls Jewish Voice for Peace one of the "top 10 anti-Israel groups in America"
Self-haters the JVPers are no doubt, all of them. Here's some of the Salon War Room text, this time not written by Glenn Greenwald, but by Justin Elliott.
Last time we checked in on the Anti-Defamation League, the group was arguing against the Islamic community center near ground zero and trying to stop Muslims from learning about the Holocaust.
Now, the Abe Foxman-led outfit is taking aim at other American Jews who are not sufficiently blindly supportive of the nation of Israel. To wit: here (below) is the ADL's official list of the "top 10 anti-Israel groups in America." These are groups that "seek to undermine the Jewish state by spreading malicious propaganda." Among the winners: Jewish Voices for Peace.
Says Foxman in the official press release:
These groups are not promoting peace, they are spreading propaganda to assault Israel's legitimacy. We want Americans to know who these groups are and what it is they really stand for, which is to delegitimize the Jewish state.
Here is the ADL's official list of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in America:
· Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER)
· Council on American-Islamic Relations
· Friends of Sabeel-North America
· If Americans Knew
· International Solidarity Movement
· Jewish Voice for Peace
· Muslim American Society
· Students for Justice in Palestine
· US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
According to Abe and the new ADL, these groups demonize Israel through various public campaigns. Their messages are one-sided and fail to take the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into account," said Mr. Foxman. "They unfairly attack Israel while ignoring Palestinian terrorism and incitement. They apply a different standard to Israel than other countries, condemning it for implementing policies to protect its citizens."
Well on that point Abe is correct. I have never seen a critique of Israel's policies against the Palestinians that found them more barbaric than say, the Sudanese, and the killings and rapes that occur in Darfur. True.
Israel! You get a walking card for your relatively better level of barbarism in relation to the Palestinians relative to the Janjaweed. We have never seen Israel attack civilians on camels; it has always been with rifles and tanks and planes, usually a bloody affair.