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November 29, 2013 10:59 am

ADL Makes Conflicting Statements on Existence of Report on Anti-Israel Texts in Boston Suburb

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The anti-Israel "Arab World Studies Notebook," which has appeared in the public school curriculum of Newton, Mass. Photo: Amazon.

JNS.org Anti-Defamation League (ADL) officials made conflicting statements on the existence of a report by the organization about allegations of anti-Israel teaching materials in the public school curriculum of the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts.

Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) recently took out an advertisement in Boston-area newspapers that highlighted research by concerned parents and students on the presence of anti-Israel texts in Newton schools. The texts mentioned in the ad include “The Arab World Studies Notebook,” which claims that Israeli soldiers murdered hundreds of Palestinian nurses in Israeli prisons; “A Muslim Primer,” which claims that astronaut Neil Armstrong converted to Islam; “Flashpoints: Guide to World History,” which asserts that Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, is the capital of Israel, and that Jerusalem is the capital of “Palestine”; and other materials.

Leaders from the ADL, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston’s Jewish federation) said in a Nov. 6 statement that “based on a careful review of the materials at issue by ADL and JCRC, there is substantial reason to believe that the allegations made in the [APT] ad are without merit.” The ADL, however, is refusing to make its findings on the teaching materials public, The Jewish Advocate of Boston reported in its Nov. 29 edition.

Furthermore, ADL officials contradicted themselves on the existence of an ADL report on Newton schools. ADL New England Regional Director Robert Trestan told The Jewish Advocate that a report of the ADL’s investigation does not exist, while ADL New England Region Board Chair Jeffrey Robbins said, “It’s an internal report. People do this stuff internally all the time. … It involves all kinds of proprietary research.”

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  • The ADL is quick to condemn any perceived comments from Jewish or secular Conservatives.When it comes to Muslim,Leftists or obama water carriers they hum haw and shake like leaves.

  • Arie

    Time for an ADL REALITY CHECK!!

    Foxman has TWO concerns:

    1) Maintaining his fealty to the obama administration at all cost

    2) Getting Soros to increase his donations to the ADL so Foxman can get that mass pay increase he so genuinely believes he deserves.

    My question: WHO determines who the Jewish “leaders” are. No one asked me, and none of the Jews I know have ever been asked.

    Conclusion: The ADL has become a farcical arm of the cult and their massa who obfuscate and jive to promote obama’s agenda. FOR EXAMPLE: Have you seen any condemnation of the “knockout games” aimed mainly at Jews by Foxman? Of course not. He promotes the canard that the claims of attacks are promoted by “racist Jews” looking to defame “the Black man in the WH, and that the attacks are – like the Episcopal publishers of the NY Times allege – an “urban legend.”

    Anyone donating to the ADL only provides revenue to Foxman. Money that would be better spent aiding Jews.

    • ScottAdler

      How much does Soros give to the ADL? Do you have a source?