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ADL Comes Out Against Ground Zero Mosque NYC

by shergald Sun Aug 1st, 2010 at 10:40:53 AM EST

ADL Comes Out Against Ground Zero Mosque

Who would have guessed? Once a venerable if checkered organization at the forefront of fighting bigotry in general and anti-Semitism in particular in the US and Europe, the Anti-Defamation League under Abe Foxman has stooped to a new low and essentially acknowledged its support of Islamophobia, prejudice against Muslims.

The Anti-Defamation League came out against Ground Zero Mosque. So much for religious tolerance.

Says Wikipedia about the ADL,

Defending Other Religions

As its goal is to defend not only Jews, but also "all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens," the ADL has periodically made statements against misrepresentations of other faiths.

From the Huffington Post coverage,

The Anti-Defamation League has joined the likes of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Lazio, and a slew of other Conservative protesters in standing against the building of a mosque in the vicinity of the World Trade Center site.

In a statement issued by the Jewish organization, the group claims that while "proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam," it is ultimately "not a question of rights, but a question of what is right."

Moreover, despite "the bigotry some have expressed in attacking" those behind the building of the mosque (which the ADL deems "unfair" and "wrong"), it is their judgment that "building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain - unnecessarily - and that is not right."

While the ADL rarely shies away from controversy, news of their opposition left many journalists and pundits stunned.

Other views from the story,

As Tablet's Marc Tracy puts it: "Founded in 1913, the ADL, in its words, "fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all." Except when it does the precise opposite." And, "We regard freedom of religion as a cornerstone of the American democracy, and that freedom must include the right of all Americans - Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths - to build community centers and houses of worship." And, "We categorically reject appeals to bigotry on the basis of religion, and condemn those whose opposition to this proposed Islamic Center is a manifestation of such bigotry."

But, but, but.....

....there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site. We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there, the pain we all still feel - and especially the anguish of the families and friends of those who were killed on September 11, 2001..blah, blah, blah....

The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found.

Here' a comment from Dan Stewart on Huffington Post who got to the gist of it when he said,

"It is not news that the Abe Foxman's ADL opposes building a mosque anywhere.

It would be simpler to just report that, "Abe Foxman's ADL opposes anything that is not in complete sympathy with fanatical Zionism."

Then report when there's an exception. Now that would be news."

Looks as if the ADL is out of the closet for certain.

Just for reference sake, the ADL has offices in several EU cities.

There's an interesting article by Mathew Yglesias, confirming ADL's veer toward its right wing Zionist support of Israel, even though that perspective probably goes back to its indirect support of South African Apartheid decades earlier.

ADL Poll: Israelis Want Attack on Iran

For whatever reason, the Anti-Defamation League decided that their mission of fighting anti-semitism extends to surveying the Israeli public's attitudes toward a preemptive military strike on Iran:

What's the point of the ADL doing such a poll?

For the details, see Jeffrey Blankfort's story on Mondoweiss: The back-of-the-envelope history of the Anti-Defamation League

by shergald on Sun Aug 1st, 2010 at 10:43:47 AM EST
It is safe to say, that the ADL should now be unequivocally grouped with American and European organizations like AIPAC, ZOA, AJC, the Israel Lobby in general, as a supporter of right wing Likud politics in Israel, the Greater Israel dream, anti-Islamism, anti-Palestinianism, and the voices that scream for an attack on Iran, hopefully by the US?

So why is the US helping Israel build an SDI type defense screen?

by shergald on Sun Aug 1st, 2010 at 10:46:30 AM EST
The second paragraph is answered by the first.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Aug 1st, 2010 at 11:43:31 AM EST
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This diary, by the way, grew out of a comment posted on Booman's story on the topic: The Entitlement of Bigotry.

by shergald on Sun Aug 1st, 2010 at 08:22:19 PM EST
It's a Muslim community center patterned after, for example, Jewish community centers. It's two blocks away from Ground Zero.

The proposed center, called the Cordoba House, would rise as many as 15 stories two blocks north of where the twin towers stood. It would include a prayer space, as well as a 500-seat performing arts center, a culinary school, a swimming pool, a restaurant and other amenities.


It is hard to acquire the actual facts in the current the propaganda disguised as news environment.


by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Mon Aug 2nd, 2010 at 04:59:04 PM EST
The reference to "moderate Islam" in the J Street support of the Islamic Center is also ridiculous and does nothing more than perpetuate myths about Islam. No need to fear that suicide bombers will lurk the city. They're "moderates."

We don't ever seem to hear references to "moderate Christianity" to distinguish most Christians from extremist abortion groups that condone murder or the Christian Zionists who wish to provoke an attack on Iran, or to "moderate Judaism" to distinguish most believers from people like the Kahane extremists or the Israeli rabbi who just reportedly condoned the killing of non-Jewish children and babies.

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and much less than one percent, from mainly the Saudi Wahabi sect or the Taliban, constitute Al Qaeda type extremists. Myths about Islam will no doubt continue, but it does little to break them down by referring to "moderate Islam" as if we can all be assured that Muslims who pray at the Center will not blow up buildings in Manhattan once they are there.

This entire matter has been nothing more than ADL's attempt to continue the biggest myth about a West-Islam confrontation introduced by the second rate historian, Samuel Huntington. It fits perfectly with Israeli propaganda, where there is a need to persistently characterize Islam, the religion to which most Palestinians follow, as an extremist, terrorist religion.

It is all about maintaining a war footing in the Middle East until the Greater Israel dream is attained.

And people, especially Americans, are still buying it up.

by shergald on Mon Aug 2nd, 2010 at 08:52:56 PM EST
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This likely points to a future where 'extreme' views will be made illegal. Pre-2001 the idea was that it wasn't whether you were 'extreme' or 'moderate', but whether you (directly) advocated violence, in part because it's impossible to really say what a 'moderate' or 'extremist' is, but you can see if a person advocates violence.

Anyway, in fact there are many 'extremists' who advocate non-violence and 'moderates' who are rampaging warmongers (J Street among the latter, I suppose). Oh well.


by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Aug 3rd, 2010 at 02:35:14 PM EST
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Who would have guessed?

Well, anyone who had followed the ADL's opposition 3 years ago to recognizing the Armenian genocide, for one.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 4th, 2010 at 03:16:19 AM EST
Things have changed. At the present time, Turkey is scum in Israel and so the Armenian genocide is back on the table. That is, as long as it does not bring up associations with the Palestinian genocide of 1948. Well, not that many were actually murdered, just in the 10 of thousands, and we will never get to see the massacre data, like from Deir Yassin, when the massacred were actually stripped to nakedness, or so I now understand. The reason? Muslim aversion of nakedness. Let 'em die in shame, old women and children.

by shergald on Wed Aug 4th, 2010 at 06:00:27 PM EST
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For what it's worth, Fareed Zakaria has returned a $10,000 award he received from the ADL in 2005, in protest at their opposition to the project.
by Gag Halfrunt on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 04:25:00 PM EST
Worth a lot. The ADL has gone so far beyond its original purpose that it might as well pack up and call it a day. It served well before Foxman decided to turn it into an anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian organization which supports the racist Likud party of Israel.

Poor Abe. He came out of the closet and there's no way to put humpty-dumpty back together again.

by shergald on Tue Aug 10th, 2010 at 10:28:30 PM EST
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