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Anti-Defamation League's Top 10 Anti-Israeli Groups

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Anti-Defamation League's Top 10 Anti-Israeli Groups


by Stephen Lendman


ADL fronts for Jewish supremacy. It supports Israeli rights over Arabs. It backs occupation harshness. It believes colonizing Palestine for dominance and exploitation is OK.


It's one of 52 Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization (CPMAJO) Zionist organizations.


They disseminate pro-Israeli propaganda. They conduct smear campaigns against its critics. They spew hate and malicious lies.


They do so under the ruse of fighting anti-semitism. They claim support for human rights equitably for all. Their policies are polar opposite.


ADL's history is long and disturbing. It's shamelessly loathsome. It believes Arabs are inferior to Jews.


It wants Palestinians denied self-determination. It believes Jews alone have rights. 


It favors conflict over peace, equity and justice. It's a monument to unfairness. It substitutes myths for facts. It spews hate. It's a rogue organization writ large.


It publishes an annual top 10 anti-Israeli organization list. On October 21, a press release headlined "ADL Lists Top 10 Anti-Israeli Groups in America in 2013," saying:


They're "fixated with delegitimizing Israel." They "demonstrated the ability to reach new segments of the American public with a hostile and misleading narrative about Israel."


According to national director Abe Foxman:


"The Top 10 anti-Israel groups are the most significant players in the domestic anti-Israel movement today." 


They prioritize "delegitimizing Israel and convincing the American public that (it's) an international villain that deserves to be ostracized and isolated."


It's all that and then some. Don't expect Foxman to explain.


"In compiling its list, ADL considered various criteria," it said.


They include:


  • organizing ability;


  • sponsoring and endorsing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns;


  • sponsoring and participating in anti-Israeli rallies, panel discussions or conferences; and


  • pursuing anti-Israeli lobbying and other policy initiatives.


Israel and influential Jews exert enormous sway over government and media policy, they say.


Israel is compared to Nazi Germany. One state for Jews and Arabs is advocated.


Support is given to legitimate resistance groups Israel wrongfully calls terrorist organizations.


According to Foxman:


ADL's top ten represents "the worst of the worst anti-Israel groups."


"They lob any and every accusation against Israel, including charges of Nazi-like crimes, 'apartheid' policies, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide." 


"Their accusations are rarely, if ever, balanced with an acknowledgement of Israel's repeated efforts to make peace with the Palestinians, or the legitimate terrorism concerns faced by Israeli citizens."


Foxman masquerades as a human rights champion. He consistently turns truth on its head. His lies long ago wore thin. He repeats them ad nauseam.


He's a longstanding Islamophobe. He ignores rule of law principles. He supports the worst of Israeli crimes.


He deplores the notion of Arabs and Jews having equal rights. He endorses greater apartheid harshness than Black South Africans endured.


He menaces peaceful conflict resolution. He's done so throughout his career.


His top 10 list in alphabetical order includes:


(1) ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)


It's an activist group against war, imperialism, bigotry, civil and human rights, as well as Palestinian equity and justice.


Its right over wrong agenda trumps Zionist hatemongering.


(2) American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)


It's a national education and advocacy organization. Making ADL's list proves it's "hitting the mark," it said.


According to national media and communications director Kristin Szremski:


"In trying to defame us, (ADL) recogniz(es) the impact of our work in educating the American public about Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people."


"Of course we provide training about recognizing and exposing Zionist organizations."


It's 'because Zionism is racist. (It) has at its core the call for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Palestine. The American public deserves to know the truth."




It calls itself "a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement." It opposes "US funded wars and occupations."


It challenges global militarism. It "redirects (its) resources into health care, education, green jobs, and other life-affirming activities."


It's not exclusively for women. Co-founders Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, and Starhawk urge male participation. 


At the same time, it especially wants "mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters, female workers, students, teachers, healers, artists, writers, singers, poets and all outraged woman (to) rise up (against) global militarism."


(4) Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA)


It "promotes awareness and understanding" of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.


It does so "through educational programs for North American Christians."


It "seeks reconciliation between people of the Holy Land in a vision of peace based on principles of a just peace." 


It prioritizes "the urgency of ending US support for Israel's illegal military occupation."


(5) If Americans Knew (IAK)/Council for the National Interest (CNI)


IAK calls its mission "inform(ing) and educat(ing) the American public on issues of major significance that are unreported, underreported, or misreported in the American media."


It believes conflict resolution and justice depend on revealing vital truths major media scoundrels suppress.


Founder Alison Weir acknowledged making ADL's top 10 list. "We are pleased ADL noticed," she said.


"We are pleased to announce that (IAK) is in this elite group of principled organizations."


Weir is a longtime member of ADL's top five Americans against Israeli injustice.


The Council for the National Interest (CNI) "works for US Middle East policies that represent the highest values of our founders and our citizens and that work to sustain a nation of honor, decency, security, and prosperity."


It congratulated its other truth-telling comrades for making ADL's top 10 list. "(Y)ou are the pride of the United States and the whole world," it said.


"It's one of the highest accolades truth-telling fighters against racism and bigotry could hope for." 


(6) Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP)


It seeks equity, peace, security, and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians.


It does so through "grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media." 


It calls itself the only US Jewish organization providing a voice for Jews and their allies seeking peace "through justice and full equality for Jews and Muslims alike."


(7) Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)


It "informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource (for) decision makers in government, media and policy institutions."


It's committed to "enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims."


It "promot(es) Islamic values of mercy, justice, peace, human dignity, freedom and equality for all."


ADL advocates polar opposite policies.


(8) Neturei Karta


It promotes Torah Judaism. "Its only loyalty is to G-d and His revelation."


It believes Jews were exiled "due to Divine decree."


It's anti-Zionist. It calls its ideology "heresy." It rejects its "aggression against all peoples."


"Today this cruelty manifests itself primarily in the brutal treatment of the Palestinian people," it said.


It claims doing so violates core Torah principles. It seeks peace and reconciliation with all peoples and nations.


Furthering it is especially vital in Middle East Islamic countries, it says. It's where Zionists have "done so much to ruin Jewish - Muslim understanding."


It welcomes everyone of good will to join them.


(9) Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)


It opposes apartheid and occupation. It does so through protests, memorials, and other initiatives. 


It highlights the plight of Palestinians against longstanding Israeli aggression and occupation.


(10) US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation


It's a "diverse coalition working for freedom from occupation and equal rights…" 


It does so "by challenging US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." It seeks peace, justice, and conciliation by "chang(ing) the US role." It calls its initiative the essential way to do it.


Policies ADL and 51 other Zionist organizations endorse are polar opposite those the above organizations support.


They believe peace, equity and justice are verboten. They support wrong over right. They promote Israeli supremacy, exceptionalism and specialness.


They're comfortable about its belligerence, persecution, racism, occupation harshness and land theft.


They believe Israel's rights alone matter. They claim it has a divine right to all parts of Judea and Samaria it wishes. They consider Arabs subhuman. It shows in their longstanding hatemongering policies.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 


His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."




Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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