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Has Eli Valley, Forward columnist, changed the future of Israel as we know it?
This is from an article about Foxman and Avigdor Lieberman’s proposed Loyalty Oath for Israeli citizens in February:
So the Anti-Defamation League has finally weighed in on L’Affaire Will Smith, and, I have to say, its statement is a little disappointing.
To recap: Will Smith, speaking off the cuff to a Scottish newspaper, suggested — quite reasonably — that Hitler was driven by a “twisted” notion of what he thought was “good.” The militant Jewish Defense League pounced, accusing the Hollywood star of saying that Hitler was a good person and having “spit on the memory of every person murdered by the Nazis.” Gossip sites joined in the frenzy, and Smith ended up issuing a clarification, attacking those who had distorted his words and calling Hitler “vile.”
The ADL has “allied itself with right-wing forces in our country.” ADL chief Abraham Foxman soft-pedals his criticism of the religious right “in the name of solidarity toward Israel.” The ADL’s positions are “usually those of the liberal wing of the Democratic party”. Foxman fights those on the religious right so strenuously that maybe they “just won’t support Israel anymore”.
Criticizing the ADL is a popular sport irrespective of one’s political views. That’s particularly true if you want to shift attention from your own sins. The latest silly critique of the ADL comes from silly pundit Ann “Why can’t Jews be perfect like me?” Coulter.
The ADL concludes from its latest survey that 15% of Americans have “unquestionably antisemitic” views. Interestingly, this proportion matches perfectly the percentage of Americans who said, in a different survey, that they wouldn’t want a Jewish president.
In any case, according to a recent Pew survey, we’re better liked than many other religious groups: 76% of Americans say they view Jews favorably and only 9% say they view us unfavorably. That’s better than prevailing views of Muslims (43%-35%), Mormons (53%-27%, and even Evangelicals (60%-19%) and Catholics (76%-14%). So we’re doing pretty well by comparison.
The Anti-Defamation League paid a heavy price of late for refusing to call Turkey’s slaughter of its Armenian population a genocide. First, its No Place for Hate program was booted from the heavily Armenian town of Watertown, Mass. Then the ADL fired its New England director Andrew Tarsy for criticizing his organization’s position. And the chorus of criticism within the Jewish community grew by the day.
Now the ADL has issued a mea culpa (sort of):