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September 16, 2016 2:23 am

The ADL Should Be Praising Netanyahu for His Ethnic-Cleansing Comment, Not Condemning Him

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Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Photo: ADL.

Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Photo: ADL.

It is painful and frightening that Anti-Defamation League (ADL) head Jonathan Greenblatt (a former Obama administration official) joined with Obama and Palestinian Arab terrorists to condemn Benjamin Netanyahu for accurately and appropriately exposing Mahmoud Abbas’ stated goal to “ethnically cleanse” Jews from any future Palestinian State.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Abbas has repeatedly insisted that a Palestinian state “would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands.” That is ethnic cleansing of Jews.

Instead of furthering the ADL’s supposed mission of combating antisemitism, ADL leader Jonathan Greenblatt’s September 13, 2016, essay in Foreign Policy sarcastically condemned “Bibi” for telling the truth about monstrous PA antisemitism.

Greenblatt’s essay also ignored the Palestinian Arab leadership’s numerous statements demanding ethnic cleansing of Jews (including from the Jewish people’s holiest areas in Jerusalem and Hebron), by eviction, discrimination, and murder.

For instance:

  • In December, 2010, PA president Mahmoud Abbas said: “We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it … when a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israeli presence in it.”
  • Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the Dean of Al-Quds University, widely and falsely called a Palestinian moderate, said: “No Jew in the world, now or in the future . . .  will have the right to return, to live, or to demand to live in Hebron, in East Jerusalem, or anywhere in the Palestinian state.”
  • On September 16, 2015, on official PA television, Abbas incited the current Palestinian Arab wave of terror, saying “The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours… and they [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem… We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. ” (A video of those remarks is available here.)
  • In August 2014, Abbas’ ruling Fatah party bragged on its Facebook page that it “has killed 11,000 Israelis” — and has “killed more Jews than Hamas.”

Any organization that claims to combat antisemitism should join — not oppose — Prime Minister Netanyahu in condemning the PA leadership for demanding a Jew-free state. Incredibly, the ADL’s leader instead used twisted logic and a double standard to try to justify the PA leadership’s goal.  Would anyone support establishing any new State that would bar all blacks?

Sadly, Greenblatt’s essay justifying the PA’s efforts to ethnically cleanse Jews from Jewish lands is part of a new ADL pattern. Under Greenblatt, the ADL is now siding with groups hostile to Israel.

The ADL and Greenblatt should be vigorously combating radical Islamic terrorism at every opportunity. Instead, Greenblatt has been promoting and praising the extremist J Street;  accusing fellow Jews of “Islamaphobia;” continuing to promote ADL educational materials encouraging high school students to join the radical Black Lives Matter protests (which are anti-Israel and pro-BDS); talking about the equivalent “role and responsibility of both sides” instead of unequivocally condemning the Palestinian Arab terrorist war against innocent Israelis — and their refusal to negotiate or even accept a State if it means accepting Israel; falsely stating that Israel is “marginalizing” Palestinians; and demanding that Israel “acknowledge the legitimacy” of the (false) Palestinian “narrative.”

It’s time for a serious reassessment of the ADL’s direction, statements and leadership.

Indeed, as Jonathan Tobin, senior editor of the respected Commentary magazine, wrote:

Greenblatt’s stance is deeply troubling…[T]here is nothing unreasonable about Netanyahu’s argument…Greenblatt…ignores specific statements by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas [and] Hamas…Greenblatt…side[s] with the Obama administration against the government of Israel…From now on, ADL must be viewed as an ally of J Street…This is a betrayal of ADL’s long and honorable legacy…[and] undermines ADL’s credibility in the fight against forces that threaten Israel and world Jewry…Greenblatt is the one who is playing crass political games. [The ADL] needs to demand that Greenblatt retract his attack on the prime minister [of Israel] or step down.

Morton A. Klein is the President of the Zionist Organization of America. Elizabeth A. Berney, Esq. is ZOA’s Director of Special Projects.

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  • Dani

    What ADL and J Street are doing now is only the begining of a much deeper division within American Jewry that will happen during this and the following generations. In a hundred years from now, most of the descendants of today´s Jews will be completelly assimilated and ready to accept whatever American main stream positions on the Middle East will be then. No wonder why Israel doesn´t already expect much from American Jews and prefers to cultivate other political allies in the United States.

  • I have been a strong supporter of ADL for many years. After reading Jonathan Greenblatt’s comments i have my doubts. Jews should speak with one voice. But when one speaks the same language as Abbas it’s time to replace him. I would love to hear Abe Foxeman’s opinion. I am positive he would not agree with him.Greenblatt is a disgrace to what ADL has always stood for.

  • susan

    Abraham Foxman must be plotzing; under his leadership, the ADL was an unwavering advocate for Israel and Zionism, and uncovered and zealously fought anti-Semitism wherever it reared its ugly head. What a shame!!

  • Lynne Marton

    Every time I see that a Jew turns on Israel and/or his fellow Jews – especially in a matter like this, I have to check the background to see the possibilities of where it is coming from. And with Jonathan Greenblatt, the connections are right there in this article! I didn’t even have to look anywhere else!!!

    It’s all in the first paragraph. He’s an ex obama lackey.

    So we need not go any further because all the things he SHOULD be doing are not going to happen. And the reasons are self-evident!!!!!

  • The ADL has become, like many other organizations supported by Jews, anti-Semitic. This includes many universities.

  • The level of anti semitism and anti Israel in the Obama Administration is so unprecedented.I can’t understand how in the name of God most american jews still vote democrat? This people are cowards and traitors and Israel has to identify its enemies fast and accurately; Israel won’t be taken down, Israel will prevail and kick those miscreants arses out of existence.


    This bastard had a very good teacher in Obama/
    Can we expect anything better from this bastard?

    the leaders of ADL should throw him to the wolves, and apologize to Bibi and all Jews everywhere,

  • Phi Stewart

    Jewish settlers who chose to remain in Palestinian State would have to take Palestinian citizenship, just as the French who stayed in Algeria or the British in Kenya had to take the citizenship of their adopted country. Nothing racist about that!

  • How much intelligence does it take to realise ‘Bibi’ was absolutely right. His was a great speech, may not have been PC but it was saying it like it is. For this Obama et al are castigating him. Well I say shame on them. What do they expect him to do or say, must he kowtow to those who are baying for the blood and death of all Israelis. Who teach their children from babyhood to hate. They treat him like a child, whereas he is a fine leader.
    It is a travesty!

  • Mr. Greenblatt,
    Regarding your reaction to Benjamin Netaniahu’s “ethnic cleansing ” speech, I don’t understand your reaction. Do you think he is lying to the public? Do you think his interperation of the Arabic Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the Palestinian People is incorrect? Have you listened to him untranslated? Do you think it’s OK for him to tell his people that he wants a “judenrein” state? How, Mr. Greenblatt, can you and your A.D.L. Support this position? What’s more, how do you publish your screed in public? Do you speak of your family in this way in public? I would like you to stop sending me constant requests for money. I have made my last donation to the Anti Defamation League while it remains under your leadership.

  • The ADL is a defunct organization which proves from its inception they have done nothing but platitudes and wealthy “Jewish leaders” who are worth nothing.

    They should be disbanded and save the wasted money they have spen for decades on Zuckerman and his bodyguards.

    For shame but not unexpected.

  • Steve Epstein

    The statements by Abas are full justification for Israel to annex Judea, Sammaria and the Golan. No place should be ethnically cleaned. While Hitler tried to do this in Europe, and while the Arab world may be able to do this in Arab countries, Israel, and all Jews, should resist this in all ways possible in their homeland. We must tell the world, and the ADL, NEVER AGAIN.

  • enufskyizenufsky

    But if Jonathan should act as other than hostile to Bibi (and a big chunk of Israelis)he won’t be invited to all the right cocktail parties ANYMORE!

  • Steve Epstein

    The ADL WAS so good. When did they lose their way? Now, Jews who support Israel and Judaism around the world should support other organizations.

  • rickK.

    How sick is it that an organization that promotes equality and has been the voice of Jews when they are discriminated against; is now a voice to destroy the Jewish State.

    Dump this guy, or the ADL will eventually be history. need to make sure anyone donating to this disgraced institution should be made aware that they(ADL) want to see Israel be free of Jews. how sad it is to see this great name sink to new lows.

  • Lillian teperow

    Ever since 1968 the ADLhas always been cowardly. They have what I call a diaspora mentality.
    They, the leadership, is so. Afraid of being labeled more for Israel than America that they have no
    Moral standing, no pride, and definately a lack if principles. Which have actually nothing to do with Israel and aver thing to do with Israel. FOR SHAME, FOR SHAME.

  • Emanuel

    Dump the ADL they are communist Marxist racists -face the facts they embrace and encourage defamation and bigotry and discourage growth, prosperity and freedom. They outlived their usefulness and have turned to the dark side.

  • Let’s start a movement to dump this clown.

  • Ted Crawford

    Greenblatt is a consummate Obama-bot, and has made the ADL a puppet organization to Obama’s evil reign. He needs to step down and let the ADL become the organization it was originally intended to be again.

  • Hillel

    It’s jews like this that helped hitler kill millions in the camps. He is proud no doubt at his ability to kiss arse. To quote an arabic derogatory term since he loves them so much “maniuk hede”.