ADL convenes summit of Hamas anti-Semites and apologists to fight anti-Semitism

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Daniel Greenfield, Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer dealing with radical left and Islamic terrorism.

When three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Hamas, Israel reacted, Jews cried and … Sheera Frenkel rushed to complaint that Hamas was not responsible.

“There is a Hamas official in history who says they are not Hamas,” he insisted on Twitter.

It was a low point in his career to smear Israel with lies and hatred, but that’s not unusual.

Frenkel had accused Israel of using white phosphorus, falsely claimed that there had been an explosion at an Iranian nuclear plant, wrongly described in Israeli ban on building materials and ended his cover-up of the brutal murder of a rabbi and his family in India with a quote suggesting that “the attitude of Chabad, which gives the sense of an elite club for Jews only, is part of what prompted the terrorists to target them for the attack”.

This is the kind of hateful nasty behavior that the ADL should condemn, not celebrate.

After a career in spreading disinformation against the Jewish state, Sheera Frenkel landed a “disinformation” job for the New York Times. And he will participate in a conversation on the spread of “disinformation” at the opening session of the ADL It is never now summit.

At the virtual event of the ADL alongside the notorious anti-Israel bigot there will be comrades New York Times activist Kara Swisher, who has her own history of anti-Israel tweets including a link to a column in the newspaper defending BDS, Representative Rashida Tlaib, along with the rest of the anti-Semitic “Squad,” and arguing that it is possible to “oppose Jewish ethno-nationalism without being bigoted ”.

This is how the ADL promotes anti-Semitism while claiming to fight anti-Semitism.

When the ADL convenes its latest It is never now At the summit, Kamala Harris and Lost actor Daniel Dae Kim will speak, as well as activists associated with anti-Israeli hate groups such as J Street and Israel Policy Forum, but not a single pro-Israel group will be represented at the event.

While the ADL didn’t see fit to invite any pro-Israel activists, it found a place for Amy Spitalnick, the former J Street press officer, who worked on the campaign for Anthony Weiner’s mayor and then became a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Earlier this year, Spitalnick appeared at a virtual J Street event alongside Peter Beinart, who supports BDS and recently wrote a New York Times editorial headlined “I no longer believe in a Jewish state”. Spitalnick, who currently claims to be fighting the Nazis, had defended the anti-Semitic Seven Jewish Children game that too The AtlanticJeffrey Goldberg described it as “anti-Jewish agitprop” ea Guardian editorial versus a medieval blood libel.

The ADL, which claims to fight anti-Semitism, is literally allying itself with the blood libelers.

Before Spitalnick reinvented himself as a fighter against the Nazis, he defended material that was compared to Nazi propaganda and describes Jews as the new Nazis.

And that’s the kind of thing the ADL has decided he’s suitable for It is never now.

In addition to Spitalnick, Oren Jacobson, the head of a pro-abortion group, is affiliated with the Israel Policy Forum and will also speak at the ADL event. The ADL, however, chose not to extend invitations to anyone affiliated with pro-Israel groups to defend the Jewish state.

However he invited Sara Yael Hirschhorn who, like Moshe Philips a Israeli national news underlined, accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing”. “The Palestinian case shares some common characteristics with South Africa: population transfer / ethnic cleansing,” Hirschhorn tweeted, falsely claiming that Israel is guilty of “daily human rights violations”.

Hirschhorn has cultivated a legendary career in striking Israel with New York Times editorials such as “Israeli Terrorists, Born in the USA” His book, Town on a hillp, attacking the Jews living in their historical homeland in Judea and Samaria, was presented, together with the author, in a Middle East Peace Foundation event. FMEP, a part of the Arab lobby, accuses Israel of “apartheid”.

Past It is never now at least the conferences tried for fiction balance by inviting one or two pro-Israel liberal activists. But now ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt is taking off his mask.

Together with Israel, the ADL is putting Jews and anti-Semitism on the back burner. The opening session of It is never now features Daniel Dae Kim talking about anti-Asian hatred. The third session is titled “Confronting Anti-Black Racism to Combat Anti-Semitism” and falsely claims that “Anti-Black racism is … a problem in our Jewish synagogues, schools and institutions.”

The ADL was never a good organization, but I remember when it condemned Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan instead of echoing them.

Now the ADL’s idea of ​​fighting anti-Semitism is to tell Jews that they are a bunch of racists.

“Without addressing the impact of racism,” the ADL falsely claims, “we cannot move forward in the fight against anti-Semitism” and urges a panel that “will explore how crucial it is to fight anti-black racism in order to build a more strong and more effective movement through communities to dismantle anti-Semitism “. Making the fight against anti-Semitism secondary to the fight against racism is the most obvious symptom of a sold-out organization that puts vigil before its main mission.

The NAACP does not tell its members that fighting racism should be secondary to fighting anti-Semitism. Nor does it create the artificial link proposed by the ADL that not only makes anti-Semitism a secondary issue, but demands that Jews admit they are racist.

After the last few years in which there have been two internal terrorist attacks on Jews by members of the Jewish black Jewish hate group, in which the main leaders of the left movement praised Louis Farrakhan and in which anti-Semitic hate crimes were repeated in the New York area led by black aggressors, the ADL should confront black anti-Semitism instead of accusing Jews of racism. But the ADL is not interested in anti-Semitism.

Only the final sessions, “Fighting Anti-Zionist and Anti-Semitic Activism in Progressive Spaces” and “Confronting Anti-Semitism on Campuses”, actually address everyday anti-Semitism. Instead of putting the fight against anti-Semitism first, the ADL puts it last.

The careful tenor with which he confronts left anti-Semitism on campus and in organizational life is very different from his willingness to denounce any other form of bigotry. When it comes to its condemnation of racism against “Black, Latinx, AAPI, Muslim, LGBTQ +”, the ADL does not engage in nuance or try to distinguish between legitimate and racist views. However, when it comes to left-wing anti-Semitism, the ADL is careful to cultivate an imaginary distinction between left-wing good hatred of Israel and left-wing bad hatred of Jews in order not to offend its political allies.

Anti-Semitism is the only bigotry that the ADL believes requires nuance towards bigots.

The ADL leadership is deferential to anti-Semitism on the left because, unlike anti-Semitism on the far right or any kind of racism or prejudice, they admit that anti-Semitism on the left is right.

The roster of anti-Israel bigots that he invited to present a It is never now report likewise.

Instead of opposing left-wing anti-Semitism, the ADL would like the left to moderate it, drawing a line between appropriate and inappropriate hatred, but as the story of its own collaborators in left-wing anti-Semitism shows, that line is as fictional as commitments. Jews of the ADL.

The decision of the ADL not only to organize its virtual conference with left-wing radicals waging a disinformation war against Jews, but to invite high school students to participate, shows how destructive the vigil has become for Jewish life. of the organization under Greenblatt.

Instead of calling his lectures It is never now, maybe the ADL should call them Now again.

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