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Jacobs to ADL: Stop Ignoring Radical Islam

May 1, 2012 8:33 am 0 comments

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman.

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.”

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