Abraham Foxman

Jewish Leaders Mourn 'Modern-Day Prophet'

Support for PLO didn't diminish Mandela's stature, says ADL.

Staff Writer

The international Jewish community praised former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95 in his Johannesburg home.

Israeli President Shimon Peres called Mandela “a great leader who changed the course of history. He was a passionate advocate for democracy, a respected mediator, a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people.”

Tim Boxer At Elie Wiesel Honor

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), called upon Hillary Clinton to present the organization’s second annual Theodor Herzl Award to Marion and Elie Wiesel last month at the Waldorf-Astoria.

“We have come to know Hillary Clinton as our former First Lady, former United States Senator, and former Secretary of State and our future…”

Lauder didn’t have to finish.

Clinton recalled a lecture Wiesel gave at the White House on the eve of a new millennium. “He emphasized that indifference is more dangerous than anger and hatred,” she said.

Ronald Lauder, from left, Marion and Elie Wiesel, and Jo Carole Lauder.  Tim Boxer

Hate Crimes Undercount Feared

Assistant Managing Editor

Jews were the targets of far more religion-based hate crimes than any other group in 2012, according to just-released statistics from the FBI.

Hate crimes, like this vandalism in Alexandria, Va., are declining according to reported numbers. Photo courtesy ADL

UN Envoy: We Won't Accept Bad Deal On Iran

'Mistrust of past is deep,' Samantha Power, top U.S. diplomat, tells ADL at centennial gathering; vows to stand up for Israel in world body.
Assistant Managing Editor

America's top envoy to the world community, Samantha Power, told leaders of the Anti-Defamation League Thursday that the Obama administration stands firm against Iran's nuclear program and isn't weakening its position, despite emerging dialogue between the two countries.

"No deal is better than a bad deal" on nuclear disarmament, said Power, who succeeded Susan Rice as United Nations Ambassador in August. "We will not accept a bad deal."

Power talk: "On my watch we will push ceaselessly for further inclusion of Israel in regional groups." David Karp for ADL

Ever On The Hate Watch


What keeps Abraham Foxman, the national direct of the Anti-Defamation League, up at night?

Abraham Foxman in conversation with Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt. Michael Datikash

Bibi's Hardline Speech ‘Lifts Veil On The Wolf’

Leaders, analysts largely agree on that Netanyahu had no choice but to take a tough stance in speech on Iran.
Staff Writer

Jewish leaders and analysts here largely applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sobering speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, although some were critical.

Netanyahu speaking Tuesday at the UN: No softening of his position. Getty Images

We Can't Turn Off Online Bigotry

"The relentless drumbeat of hateful content can desensitize Internet readers."

ADL And Other Jewish Groups Hail Ruling Against DOMA


The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday hailed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

The DOMA lawsuit had been brought by a Jewish woman, Edith Windsor, who was forced to pay federal taxes on the estate of her late wife, Thea Spyer, who was also Jewish, despite the fact that their Canadian marriage was recognized as legal by the state of New York, where they resided.

Glenn Beck Slammed For Bloomberg Nazi Image

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck caused a stir at the National Rifle Association's convention by presenting an image of Mayor Michael Bloomberg giving a Nazi-like salute.

In his address to the gun lobby, Beck complained about Bloomberg's efforts to curb illegal guns and impose other controversial health measures in New York City, then presented the image as a joke, suggesting that the mayor's new motto for the Big Apple is "you will love New York."

Foxman Slams NY Post Over 'Blatant Distortion' Of Galliano Garb


attempting to show sympathy and a connection with the very people he has offended.Saying chasidim “do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie,” Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman ripped the New York Post on Wednesday for a story suggesting controversial fashion designer John Galliano mocked ultra-Orthodox Jews this week.

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