Abraham Foxman

'Meathead' makes Holocaust comparison, and why we need a serious study of this rhetoric

Why do they do it?

Now the Anti-Defamation League is going after film actor and producer Rob "Meathead" Reiner,  who likened the Tea Party movement – which has been wrist-slapped for it's own numerous Holocaust comparisons - to the Nazis.

Populists’ Anti-Islam Message Has European Jewish Leaders Worried

10/25/2010
JTA

BERLIN (JTA) -- Geert Wilders, the rock star of European politics, is riding the crest of a populist tsunami.

As the pro-Israel founder of Holland’s Party of Freedom lets loose recently in Berlin, shouting that Islam is a threat to Germany’s identity, democracy and prosperity, his audience of 500 reacts with an evangelical zeal, offering big-time applause and standing ovations.

“Stand by the side of those who are threatened by Islam, like the State of Israel and its Jewish citizens,” he exhorts the crowd.

Celebrating `Jews And Money’ At The Four Seasons

I didn’t know whether to smile or cringe on receiving an invitation to an upcoming book party for Abe Foxman, the national director of the ADL, on his new book, “Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype."

The party is being hosted by Jack Rudin, a major real estate magnate in New York, and will take place at The Four Seasons, a restaurant associated with wealth, if not lavish wealth.

What were they thinking? I wondered.

Jewish Group on ADL Top 10 Anti-Israel List

10/17/2010

(JTA) -- A Jewish organization is on the Anti Defamation League's top 10 list of anti-Israel groups in America.

Jewish Voice for Peace, based in Oakland, Calif., was on the list released Oct. 14 by the ADL of the most influential and active anti-Israel groups in the United States.

ADL Honors Rupert Murdoch

10/17/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Harvey Weinstein, who produces thought provoking films, called Rupert Murdoch a great innovator for taking the Wall Street Journal in an age when all newspaper circulation has been spiraling downward and making it “the greatest newspaper in the nation.”

When Murdoch visited the paper the first day, Weinstein said, every employee was polite and quiet. “Is this a newsroom?” the new boss asked. “Looks more like a morgue.”

“Boy, has he changed that!” Weinstein said.

Roger Ailes, Liz Claman and Abe Foxman at ADL dinner for Rupert Murdoch. Photo by Tim Boxer

Illinois Republican Party goes for the gutter

 It's really sad and a little scary how anti-Semitism has become just one more piece of cheap campaign rhetoric, to be hurled at just about anybody and any organization that doesn't agree with you.

Today's case in point: the Illinois Republican Party, which just issued a statement headlined “This Just In: Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel MoveOn.org Calls Giannoulias Their Hero.”

Pink Floyd Bassist Roger Waters Changes Concert Video After ADL Raises Concerns

10/10/2010

(JTA) -- Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters reportedly changed one of the videos he uses in his new "The Wall" tour after claims it was anti-Semitic.

The ADL had slammed Waters last week for using what it said was anti-Semitic imagery during performances of "Goodbye Blue Sky," which targets Israel's West Bank security fence.

An animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David, dollar signs, a crucifix, a hammer and sickle, a crescent and star, a Mercedes sign and a Shell Oil sign.

Westchester’s ‘White Supremacist’ Candidate

ADL says Internet is empowering racist politicians like Jim Russell, Rep. Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger.

09/28/2010
Staff Writer

His own party leaders are repudiating the Republican candidate seeking to unseat 11-term incumbent Rep. Nita Lowey in Westchester, and the Anti-Defamation League is calling him a “white supremacist with anti-Semitic overtones.”

Jim Russell, Rep. Nita Lowey’s Republican challenger.

Mosque Conflict Seen Sharpening Jewish Divisions

Nascent effort to combat anti-Islam sentiment running into strong headwind.

09/15/2010
Washington Correspondent

The New York Islamic center controversy — and what some analysts say is the worst surge of nativism and bigotry since the Red Scare of the 1950s — is sharpening longstanding rifts in American Jewish life.

Sign of the times: Opponents of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero protest on 9/11. Getty Images

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein (and Casablanca's Victor Laszlo) Join Fight Against Mosque -- And what if Rauf's name was Hagee?

With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein coming out agaInst the location of mosque at Ground Zero (see his sermon below), I'm reminded of nothing less than Victor Laszlo telling Bogart at the Casablanca airport, "Thanks. And welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win."

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