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November 14, 2017 10:17 am

ADL Chief Slams The New School Over Upcoming Antisemitism Panel Featuring Anti-Israel Activist Linda Sarsour

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Anti-Defamation League National Director CEO Jonathan Greenblatt slammed The New School on Monday over the Manhattan-based institution’s upcoming hosting of a panel discussion on antisemitism that will feature several prominent anti-Israel activists.

Participants in the Nov. 28 event — titled “Antisemitism and the Struggle for Justice” — will include Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson.

“Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism,” Greenblatt tweeted on Monday. “These panelists know the issue, but unfortunately, from perspective of fomenting it rather than fighting it.”

“Seriously there’s not a single Jewish organization that studies this issue and/or fights this disease (such as @adl_national) would take this panel seriously, let alone the institution that put it together,” Greenblatt continued. “It’s a sad day for the @theNewSchool.”

A description of the panel — found on its Eventbrite page – says, “Antisemitism is harmful and real. But when antisemitism is redefined as criticism of Israel, critics of Israeli policy become accused and targeted more than the growing far-right. Join us for a discussion on how to combat antisemitism today.”

Organizers of the event include JVP, Haymarket Books, Jacobin Magazine, Jews for Racial Justice and Economic Justice and The New School Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism Program.

Other panelists set to appear are Leo Ferguson from JFREJ and Lina Morales from JVP.

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