ADL head warns: U.S. at risk of ‘normalizing’ antisemitism


Greenblatt blames Trump, of course, while ignoring the open and violent Jew-hatred coming from the left. The ADL did good work once upon a time, fifty years ago. But its mission has morphed. Instead of protecting the Jewish people, they have aligned with the jihad force and have used their considerable influence and resources to go after proud Jews and Zionists (including me), while giving vicious Muslim antisemites sanction and cover. The ADL had a hand in norming Jew-hatred — attacking proud Jews and standing with anti-Semites. They cant wash the sins from their hands with platitudes now. For ignoring leftist Jew-hatred and even working in tandem with those who propagate it, Greenblatt, if there were any proud Jews left in the ADL. should be made to resign in disgrace. But he won’t be.

“ADL head warns: U.S. at risk of ‘normalizing’ antisemitism,” by Michael Wilner, Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

WASHINGTON – The head of the Anti-Defamation League is sounding an alarm that antisemitism has become normalized in America’s political discourse, following an historic massacre of Jews in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the ADL, said that antisemitic dog whistles long held at the fringes of American political life have entered the mainstream at little cost.

“I worry that antisemitism has become normalized – literally. That too many people roll their eyes when certain politicians evoke George Soros – ‘the Jewish financier George Soros, or the Jewish financier Sheldon Adelson,’” Greenblatt said. “They just shake their head at it and dismiss it.”

On television programs and in the press, Greenblatt has provided guidance to a nation non-conversant in a growing crisis of antisemitism, tracked by his organization’s annual reports. That crisis hit an inflection point on Saturday as a 46 year-old man entered a synagogue yelling antisemitic epithets, shooting and killing 11 worshipers and wounding several others.

“We’re in an environment where a term like ‘globalists’ has moved from the corners of the internet to the Cabinet Room of the West Wing,” Greenblatt said, referring to a term used in antisemitic conspiracies claiming that Jews control various levers of world power.

“We can demand that leaders lead,” Greenblatt said. “We can demand that they do better.”

Each year, the ADL tracks incidents of vandalism, harassment and assaults documented by law enforcement, in media accounts and directly by victims themselves. In 2017, the organization found that assaults decreased from the prior years but that acts of vandalism and harassment spiked.

In total, the organization identified a 34% increase in incidents from 2015 to 2016 – and an increase in 2017 of 57% from the prior year. That amounts to the largest single-year increase since the organization began tracking incidents in 1979, and an explosive short-term trend.

Incidents were trending downward until the exceptionally divisive election year of 2016, when Donald Trump successfully campaigned for the presidency, the data shows.

“I think for us, we’re very focused on the data,” Greenblatt said. “The data doesn’t lie, and I think both the toxic political atmosphere, the access of social media and how its accelerated and amplified some of the worst voices.”…

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