A review of recent actions by Abraham Foxman and the Anti-Defamation League raises some unpleasant questions. Is the ADL carrying forward its stated mission of opposing anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of bigotry, or is it running interference for the often anti-Semitic left wing of the Democratic Party?
This November, Mr. Foxman issued a joint statement with the prominent racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton and his National Action Network. The National Action Network is the same organization that, under Sharpton’s personal leadership, paraded around a Jewish-owned store in Harlem while yelling racial and anti-Semitic epithets, along with an arson threat that was later put into effect. There is no difference between what Sharpton and the National Action Network did to Freddy’s Fashion Mart and what the Ku Klux Klan once did to African-Americans who moved into the “wrong” neighborhoods. By making a joint statement with Sharpton, and by lending what is left of the Anti-Defamation League’s good name to this, Foxman sanitized and whitewashed a vicious anti-Semite and hate monger in the same league as David Duke and Tom Metzger. Al Sharpton could become a serious liability to next year’s Democratic nominee, and a clean bill of health from the ADL would go a long way toward reducing this vulnerability. (more…)