WASHINGTON (JTA) – Abraham Foxman, the retired Anti-Defamation League director, said language that President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel directed at the group is “unacceptable” and “ugly.” “Ambassador-designate Friedman’s ugly language in describing ADL, its current CEO, and J-Street is unacceptable and it undermines the need for unity in our community to face…
Former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman is viewed by many as a Jewish leader with a unique common man’s touch. But that has not hindered his twice-yearly visits, over two decades, to the exclusive Golden Door, a secluded spa on 600 acres of hills, meadows and gardens 35 miles north of San Diego, from where he spoke to the Forward by phone.
It was an overcast afternoon in New York. But in Southern California Abraham Foxman was paying one of his twice yearly visits last week to the exclusive Golden Door spa. Known as the “Jewish Pope” thanks to his 28-year leadership of the Anti-Defamation League, Foxman used, until his July 2015 retirement, to damn or pardon people for anti-Semitism. That’s no longer his job. So over the course of more than an hour, Foxman, 76, spoke from a position of distance that was not just a product of his temporary immersion in a world of massages, mountain hikes and organically grown gourmet meals. Retirement, Foxman stressed, had brought him new perspectives after decades of dealing from the inside with anti-Semitism, broader issues of bigotry and racism, and advocacy on behalf of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
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Donald Trump knew he was evoking fascist symbolism when he asked supporters at a campaign rally in Florida to raise their right arms and pledge to vote for him, former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman said.
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“We, the children of the Holocaust, are now the last survivors to commemorate a world that is no more,” ADL Hidden Child Foundation Vice President Rachelle Grossman told the 150 survivors — many who had been hidden children — at the April 15 Yom Hashoah commemoration held at ADL headquarters. “We rejoice and take great pride in the lives and families we’ve rebuilt. But 70 years later we still remember and mourn our murdered grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and siblings.” Addressing soon-to-depart ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, Grossman said: “Abe, we’ve always considered you our number one Hidden Child.”
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