July 1, 2013
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. " - Martin Luther King Jr. A century ago, the Anti-Defamation League began with a simple but noble mission: "to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike. " It remains the nation's most prominent Jewish civil rights group, fighting discrimination, racism, and anti-Semitism. The ADL was founded in Chicago in 1913 by a group of prominent Jewish leaders who wanted to stop the mistreatment of American Jews at a time when it was shamefully commonplace.
July 1, 2013 |
This summer, 21 Catholic school teachers will spend four days at Daylesford Abbey near Paoli, learning about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. The program, for middle- and high-school teachers from Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware, is a partnership of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Anti-Defamation League. Bearing Witness, as the program is called, is one of numerous efforts by the Anti-Defamation League, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to combat anti-Semitism and to counter hatred, prejudice, and bigotry.
May 14, 2013 |
IN OCTOBER 1913, Chicago's monthly B'nai B'rith News announced the formation of a group seeking "to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience, and if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. " The fledgling group, organized the previous month, was named the Anti-Defamation League of America, and its executive committee included five Philadelphia men among 127 members of the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith. The immediate goal was specific: to combat demeaning caricatures of Jews in theater, movies, newspapers, magazines and textbooks.
April 19, 2012 |
The Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia publicly objected Thursday to a T-shirt being sold by Urban Outfitters Inc. that bears a symbol that critics said resembles a Star of David patch that Jews in Nazi Europe were forced to wear during the Holocaust, sometimes on concentration camp uniforms. "We find this use of symbolism to be extremely distasteful and offensive, and we are outraged that your company would make this product available to your customers," Barry Morrison, regional director of the ADL, wrote in a letter e-mailed to Richard A. Hayne, chairman and chief executive of the retail corporation headquartered at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
April 1, 2012
Benjamin Weinthal ?is a Berlin-based fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies French authorities brought a recent dramatic standoff with a crazed gunman to an abrupt end when they shot him dead in a house in the southwestern town of Toulouse. Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, is suspected of killing four Jews outside a school and three soldiers after returning to France from South Asia. Merah's murder spree represents a new European tradition of importing radical Jew-hatred.
October 19, 2010 |
Frank Meeink wasn't always a good guy. As a member of an underground Nazi movement dubbed the Strike Force, Meeink said that he "rarely went more than a week without beating on somebody. " Meeink was so proud of his violent acts, he videotaped them. When a video of the skinhead kicking and beating a victim for hours fell into the hands of Illinois authorities, Meeink was arrested and served nearly a year in prison when he was 18. While in prison, he forged a close friendship with two black inmates.
August 23, 2010
News Corp. should get out of politics There is something frighteningly apropos about Tony Auth's editorial cartoon Thursday satirizing News Corp.'s $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association. The lone elephant bathing in cash is an all-too-accurate symbol of this country's dash toward the concentration of obscene wealth in an ever-shrinking portion of the population. More frightening still is the near-fascist domination of our Supreme Court, which recently defied age-old precedent and practice to open the floodgates to such corporate political donations.
August 9, 2010 |
THE ADL publicly opposes the construction two blocks from Ground Zero of Cordoba House, which the planners imagine hosting a range of activities like those offered at the 92nd Street Y, and including a mosque at which Muslims could worship. The plan is opposed by some who have consistently used the attack on the World Trade Center as justification for fear and hatred of Muslims. ADL leader Abe Foxman presented the position of this organization that claims to oppose discrimination by reading a statement that seemed to be a perfect example of "shooting and crying" (first you attack brutally, then you cry about how sad it is to be put into this difficult position, often blaming the victims for having "forced" us to attack them)
May 17, 2010
WE ADMIRE Stu Bykofsky for consistently speaking his mind and being willing to go against the grain. But in doing so by taking on critics of Arizona's immigration law he, unfortunately, misses the mark. We agree the federal government has failed and dragged its feet in not passing sorely needed legislation. Also, those who want to bring about more stringent enforcement and regulation of immigration should not be categorically charged with being bigots. But the Arizona statute seduces the state's residents with the false promise of improving safety and security.