While FBI statistics show that hate crimes against Jews in America are eight times the number of crimes against Muslims, fewer than 8 percent of Anti-Defamation League (ADL) press releases address Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism and terrorism, according to a study by Charles Jacobs, president of the American Anti-Slavery Group and Americans for Peace and Tolerance.
“As the [Islamic] problem grows, ADL generates even fewer press releases on the matter,” Jacobs wrote in a recent letter to ADL head Abraham Foxman.
Jacobs criticized ADL for devoting Jewish funds to fighting Islamophobia, quoting Foxman as saying “You can’t fight the fight against anti-Semitism without fighting against bigotry” and “You cannot ask people to stand with you unless you are ready to stand with them.”
“Today more than ever, Jews need an effective and assertive ADL, with strong leadership that can fulfill the organization’s mission and commitment to its donors and constituents,” Jacobs wrote. “There are many reasons to vacillate, to temporize, to appease. None of them are ever any good.”