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November 15, 2016 5:17 pm

Amid Antisemitism Controversy, Senior Trump Adviser Stephen Bannon to Attend Major Pro-Israel Group’s Gala Dinner

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Stephen Bannon, whose appointment to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor has drawn controversy in recent days over allegations of antisemitism, will attend the Zionist Organization of America’s annual awards gala in New York City on Sunday.

“All administration officials are welcome to come to the ZOA dinner,” ZOA National President Morton A. Klein told The Algemeiner on Tuesday. “Any Democrat is welcome, as is any Republican. If you’re a government official and you want to come to the ZOA dinner — unless you’re extremely hostile to Israel or a Jew-hater — you’re welcome to come.”

Furthermore, Klein emphasized, “Bannon is not an antisemite at all. He’s never said or written anything that is antisemitic. If he was an antisemite in any way, shape or form, I’d be screaming.”

On Sunday, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement, “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right,’ a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’ We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that makes our country great.”

Greenblatt was referring to Bannon’s role as executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News website.

In a statement released on Monday, the ZOA said its “own experience and analysis of Breitbart articles confirms Mr. Bannon’s and Breitbart’s friendship and fair-mindedness towards Israel and the Jewish people. To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of antisemitism is Orwellian. In fact, Breitbart bravely fights against antisemitism.”

Speaking with The Algemeiner on Tuesday, Klein characterized Greenblatt’s condemnation of the Bannon appointment as “disgraceful.”

“The ADL should be ashamed of themselves,” Klein said. “To assassinate the character of a man who is extremely pro-Israel and pro-Jewish and to promote an image that he’s antisemitic, that’s rubbish.”

Klein also called on other Jewish groups to defend Bannon.

“You don’t call someone an antisemite who is not an anti-Semite,” Klein said “Bannon is a champion for Israel and the opposite of an antisemite.”

Honorees at this Sunday’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis Awards Dinner will include Bernie Marcus, Congressman Ed Royce, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Ken Langone and Michael Leven.

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  • peter

    Morton Klein denounced any allegations about Steve Bannon on Fox and Friends this week

  • stannadel

    The benefit of dog whistles giving plausible deniability to bigotry and allowing those who do’t want to recognize it an excuse to deny it.

  • alainny

    It is “Animal Farm” all over again. The proctectors of the Jews have come full circle and sit at the table with those who dontclike the Jewscand Israel. Thank you ADL. Jews, Judaism, and Israel have become a liability in the Democrat party and intelligensia. Maybe if wear a hat (to hide your horns) attack Jewish interests your friends in the Democrat party will not even know that you are a Jew and you will be invted to all the cocktail parties.

  • Joy Daniels Brower

    The minute I read the Alt-Left’s first volley of total intolerance and ignorance of the true patriotic nature of Breitbart News, I realized that they were gleefully running with the Lie of the Year! And anyone who knows anything about the modern conservative media knows that the late Andrew Breitbart was, himself, a Jew and fiercely pro-Israel. Of course, his greatest professional asset was his absolute BRILLIANCE in the world of media and how to maximize the Conservative message through his popular and very successful news empire. And although the news outlets have changed with the change of personnel over the years following his passing (most especially with the departure of the talented Max Shapiro), the news organization remains strong and focused. Bannon was a key ally of Breitbart when the latter was alive, and has left his indelible mark ever since. But here’s the ugly truth in our biased world: If a Conservative political person or news outlet is in any measure successful, the despicable Alt-Left will focus its ire and its lies on that hated institution. When Breitbart was just a relatively quiet news outlet, the LSM/MSM ignored it; but ever since Bannon has been with the supremely successful Trump campaign, the knives of the political left have been unsheathed and sharpened. As in most cases that the winning Trump campaign has exposed, when the Left cannot argue facts or history, it resorts to what it really knows and does best: Namely, name-calling!! Beware that devil!!

  • The ADL is in league with defamation.

  • Peter Joffe

    Just because Bannon is pro white, that does not make him antisemitic! Trump is not antisemitic so if Brannon starts to be anti Israel, he will find himself fired. We have had nearly 8 years of Obama antisemitism and it must end. With those 8 years Obama also forced racist, Islam preferences, anti white and pro black policies on us. Who is in the majority here?? It is white people and that is not racist it is majority rule. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Minorities have rights that should not be trampled on but they should not take preference over the peaceful majority. Democrats are quick to find fault with Trump but failed to do anything about the worst criminals, within their rotten party, that America has had to face.

  • Berferd

    There is no “controversy,” just more lying presstitutes.

  • watsa46

    Morton: that is what illiberal Jews do!

  • UncleVladdi

    Typical MSM slander! Here’s Pamela Geller’s defense of Bannon:

  • zvi gross

    Shame on Greenblatt. He is a closet antisemite, like many othere leftist American Jews, with their support of Hussein Obama.
    I read Breidbart News for years and yet to see an antisemitic article.

  • Keith James

    can’t wait until the Lobby requires Bannon to kneel…..

    • stannadel

      see, the Antisemites come out in Bannon’s defense

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Always honorees

  • herbcaen

    The ADL is now a satellite of the Democratic Party and thus has no useful purpose. Bannon is more pro-Jewish than Greenblatt

    • B. Terclinger

      “The ADL is now a satellite of the Democratic Party”

      Has been for years.

      “and thus has no useful purpose. ” UNTIL it unentangles itself from the Left, I completely agree.

    • Sarah

      Agree a thousand times. All of ADL prayed probably for the crooked Hillary to win.