Abraham Foxman Joins Prominent Anti-Semite and Racist in Joint Statement
Nazi concentration camps turned the respectable German slogan Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes you Free) into a sick joke, because the inmates were there to be worked to death or exterminated in gas chambers. Abraham Foxman, the same individual who whitewashed MoveOn.org’s anti-Semitic hate speech, contributed to a diplomatic crisis with Turkey by sticking ADL’s collective nose into the Armenian genocide issue while causing senior ADL leaders to quit in disgust, has now turned the Anti-Defamation League into an equally sick joke.
Foxman and Sharpton Issue Joint Statement on Symbols of Hate
New York, NY, November 1, 2007….Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, today issued the following statement regarding the series of recent displays of nooses and swastikas in our community:
We wonder whether Abraham Foxman will be issuing his next joint statement with David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan, Tom Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance, or maybe some skinhead who signs all his blog postings “1488” (The Fourteen Words plus Heil Hitler, H being the eighth letter of the alphabet). Foxman’s enhancement of Al Sharpton’s credibility by joining him in making any kind of statement is a direct empowerment and enablement of a professional racist and anti-Semite, and a racist and anti-Semitic hate organization in the bargain. Abraham Foxman has therefore stepped completely over the line of common decency by allying himself, and therefore the ADL, with exactly the same kind of hate organization the ADL claims to oppose. At this point, the so-called Anti-Defamation League must itself be regarded as an instrument and agent of anti-Semitism and racial hatred.
The content of the Foxman-Sharpton press release, which rightly condemns hate symbols like nooses and swastikas, is irrelevant. Foxman’s cooperation with Al Sharpton in any kind of public statement enhances Sharpton’s credibility. A joint statement with the National Action Network enhances this hate organization’s credibility, and deceives Jews and others into believing that it is not a hate organization. This is what Abraham Foxman is enabling and empowering:
It would have taken no great effort for the reporters covering the Apollo debate to have walked across 125th Street from the theater to visit Freddy’s Fashion Mart, where in 1995 eight people died in a murderous rampage inspired by Mr. Sharpton. Mr. Sharpton is best-known for the Tawana Brawley hoax, in which he insisted that a 15-year-old black girl had been abducted and raped by a band of white men practicing Irish Republican Army rituals. In fact she had made up the story to protect herself from her violent stepfather. But at Freddy’s, Mr. Sharpton was even more malevolent. He turned a landlord-tenant dispute between the Jewish owner of Freddy’s and a black subtenant into a theater of hatred.
Picketers from Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network, sometimes joined by “the Rev.” himself, marched daily outside the store, screaming about “bloodsucking Jews” and “Jew bastards” and threatening to burn the building down. After weeks of increasingly violent rhetoric, one of the protesters, Roland Smith, took Mr. Sharpton’s words about ousting the “white interloper” to heart. He ran into the store shouting, “It’s on!” He shot and wounded three whites and a Pakistani, whom he apparently mistook for a Jew. Then he set the fire, which killed five Hispanics, one Guyanese and one African-American–a security guard whom protesters had taunted as a “cracker lover.” Smith then fatally shot himself.
We are confident that Abraham Foxman and the Anti-Defamation League don’t want any of Al Sharpton’s “bloodsucking Jews” to contribute to its $40 million or $50 million budget, whose current purpose seems to be to enable and whitewash the anti-Semites at MoveOn.org while actively promoting the reputation of the racists and anti-Semites of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. We are even more confident that the ADL doesn’t want contributions from any money-grubbing Jewish diamond merchants, as shown here.
But it is impossible to imagine, say, David Duke running for president as a Republican and not being shunned by every leading figure in the party. Impossible to imagine his campaign appearances being covered in news accounts that made no mention of his history in the Ku Klux Klan and his links to neo-Nazis. Impossible to imagine that he would be treated as just another candidate, albeit one with a “controversial” past. No one would roll over for Duke. Why are they rolling over for Sharpton?
After all, Sharpton’s résumé is at least as vile as Duke’s.
…1991: A Hasidic Jewish driver in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section accidentally kills Gavin Cato, a 7-year-old black child, and antisemitic riots erupt. Sharpton races to pour gasoline on the fire. At Gavin’s funeral he rails against the “diamond merchants” — code for Jews — with “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. He mobilizes hundreds of demonstrators to march through the Jewish neighborhood, chanting, “No justice, no peace.” A rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum, is surrounded by a mob shouting “Kill the Jews!” and stabbed to death.
Right. Abraham Foxman is now issuing joint statements with an individual who not only denounces Jews as “diamond merchants,” but also says they have “the blood of innocent babies” on their hands. We don’t recall whether Sharpton also said the Jews were making matzos with the blood of those innocent babies, but what he said was more than enough to help kill a Jewish rabbinical student in a reenactment of the Night of the Broken Glass.
Nordlinger adds even more:
There was more, of course-always more. In the spring of 1989, the Central Park “wilding” occurred. That was the monstrous rape and beating of a young white woman, known to most of the world as “the jogger.” The hatred heaped on her by Sharpton and his claque is almost impossible to fathom, and wrenching to review. …Outside the courthouse, they [Sharpton and his entourage] chanted, “The boyfriend did it! The boyfriend did it!” They denounced the victim as “Whore!” They screamed her name, over and over (because most publications refused to print it, though several black-owned ones did). Sharpton brought Tawana Brawley to the trial one day, to show her, he said, the difference between white justice and black justice. He arranged for her to meet the jogger’s attackers, whom she greeted with comradely warmth. In another of his publicity stunts, he appealed for a psychiatrist to examine the victim. “It doesn’t even have to be a black psychiatrist,” he said, generously. He added: “We’re not endorsing the damage to the girl — if there was this damage.” …But the torching, so to speak, continued. In 1995-four years into the putative New Sharpton-there was another, fatal case in which Sharpton had a guilty hand: Freddy’s Fashion Mart.
In Harlem, a white store owner — no, worse: a Jewish one — was accused of driving a black store owner out of business. At one of the many rallies meant to scare the Jewish owner away, Sharpton charged that “there is a systemic and methodical strategy to eliminate our people from doing business off 125th Street. I want to make it clear . . . that we will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.” Sharpton’s colleague, Morris Powell, said of the Jewish owner — Sharpton’s “white interloper” — “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers. Reverend Sharpton is on it.”
As far as we know, Sharpton and the National Action Network have never even given lip service to an apology, let alone trying to set things right with the families of the people their followers killed. Sharpton has never apologized for his defamation of innocent people in the Tawana Brawley scandal either.
This is what the Anti-Defamation League is now supporting, enabling, and empowering. It is clear that ADL is now, far from opposing anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, an agent and enabler for it.