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  • ADL hosts discussion on coming out and fitting in

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Wearing a suit and tie and sporting a beard and a closely cropped haircut, Seth Marnin explained at an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) panel discussion that people are often startled to learn he was once a woman. 

    A transgender Jew, Marnin recalled confusing an acquaintance by...

  • Just released ADL audit shows significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents

    By Ryan Torok

    March 30, 2015 | 5:16 pm

    One Shabbat this past August, Jewish comedian Elon Gold was walking with his family when they were confronted by a Middle Eastern-looking man who harassed them and shouted, “I hope your children die! Just like you are killing children in Gaza!”

    This local incident was one of many...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    March 26, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • ADL condemns Farrakhan’s claim that Jews were behind 9/11

    March 6, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the “leading anti-Semite in America” after a speech in which he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    “At a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic...

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  • ADL questions ‘clouded’ response by Obama officials to Paris kosher market attack

    February 11, 2015 | 10:28 am

    The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern after two top Obama administration spokesmen parsed whether last month’s deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris was anti-Semitic.

    Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, and Jen Psaki, his State Department counterpart, later ...

  • Urban Outfitters sells tapestry ‘eerily reminiscent’ of Holocaust garb

    February 10, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is urging fashion retailer Urban Outfitters to stop selling a gray-and-white striped tapestry with pink triangles that is reminiscent of the garb that gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.

    ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman wrote...

  • Pro-Palestinian billboards are popping up in Los Angeles

    January 9, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    [UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2015]

    StandWithUs has informed the Journal that it has extended its own ad campaign against the Pro-Palestinian billboards to include a new billboard, for the first time targeting Los Angeles's Spanish speaking residents. StandWithUs' 50 new billboards feature a...

  • U.S. Jewish groups opposing Israel’s ‘Jewish state’ law worry about consequences

    December 2, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    It’s not unusual to hear U.S. Jewish groups speaking out against laws that discriminate and framing their protests as protecting Jewish interests.

    What’s unusual is that the target this time is the Israeli government and the proposed law emphasizes Jewish rights.

    At issue is ...

  • White House aide Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed Abe Foxman as ADL chief

    November 6, 2014 | 10:42 am

    The Anti-Defamation League’s new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt — a special assistant to President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the bottled water brand Ethos.

    Greenblatt, 43, will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February...

  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    October 20, 2014 | 11:29 am

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

  • ADL alerts U.S. synagogues to protect against online hackers

    October 14, 2014 | 11:55 am

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a security alert to Jewish institutions across the country concerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, which could compromise...
  • Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity Media CEO, donates to four pro-Israel organizations

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    Ryan Kavanaugh, the 39-year-old CEO and founder of Relativity Media, is, to borrow the cliché, putting his money where his mouth is.

    On the heels of an Aug. 13 op-ed in the "Hollywood Reporter", in which he expressed support for the Jewish state while Israel was waging war with...

  • Talking ‘True Blood’ deeper meanings, sexual healings

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 2, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Gregg Fienberg, the executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire saga “True Blood,” is nicknamed “Captain Chaos” by his cast and crew. It’s a nod to his knack for juggling myriad obstacles to bring the campy-sexy (and very expensive) supernatural thriller to the screen. 

    Based on the...

  • ADL condemns anti-Semitic remark by actor Gary Oldman; Says he ‘should know better’

    June 24, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Reacting to published comments by actor Gary Oldman defending Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments as justifiable, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Mr. Oldman “should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood.”

    In an interview...

  • Battleground California

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    If only Lauren Rogers had known what she was getting herself into when she signed up to go to Israel.

    During UCLA’s winter break in December 2013, the rising senior and outgoing financial supports commissioner for UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) took an...

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

  • Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor

    May 23, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light.

    ...
  • Moving and Shaking: ADL’s Entertainment Industry Awards, Bend the Arc gala

    By Ryan Torok

    May 21, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Actress, producer and philanthropist Roma Downey, who was born in Northern Ireland, speculated that Jesus must have been Irish, too.

    “Many wonder if Jesus was Irish. He never got married, he lived at home until he was 30, and his mother thought he was God,” she said, speaking to...

  • Why is Greece the most anti-Semitic country in Europe?

    May 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    When the Anti-Defamation League published its global anti-Semitism survey last week, Greece, the cradle of democracy, captured the ignominious title of most anti-Semitic country in Europe.

    With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was...

  • ADL survey: More than a quarter of the world is anti-Semitic

    May 13, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    A lot of people around the world hate the Jews.

    That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes.

    The survey, released Tuesday, found that 26 percent of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults...

  • ADL survey: 26 percent of adults worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

    May 13, 2014 | 10:15 am

    More than one in four adults harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, a worldwide survey found.

    Some 26 percent of those surveyed for the ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism were found to be “deeply infected” with anti-Semitic attitudes, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which...

  • The Israel conversation we should be having

    May 12, 2014 | 11:01 am

    The recent vote by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejecting J Street’s membership bid was not entirely surprising. J Street had been reaching out to conference members and community contacts for weeks. We knew that gaining the necessary...

  • Hollywood, ADL gather to honor ‘The Bible’ power producers

    By Ryan Torok

    May 9, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Actress, producer and philanthropist Roma Downey, who was born in Northern Ireland, speculated that Jesus must have been Irish, too.

    “Many wonder if Jesus was Irish. He never got married, he lived at home until he was 30 and his mother thought he was God,” she said, speaking to a...

  • ADL creates bias-education curriculum for schools

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 7, 2014 | 11:37 am

    The controversy surrounding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been the talk of the town since racist comments attributed to him were released at the end of April, so the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) thought it should be the responsible talk of schools as well.

    To educate...

  • School assignment in Rialto revised after ADL, Wiesenthal condemnation

    May 6, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    An assignment for eighth-graders in the Rialto Unified School District asking them to use critical thinking skills to determine whether or not the Holocaust occurred has been revised following condemnation by the local branch of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon...

  • How serious a problem is BDS, and what are Jewish organizations doing about it?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:41 am

    [Related: Should we fear BDS?]

    The authors reached out to a number of leading Jewish organizations, asking each the same two questions regarding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: How serious a problem is BDS, and what is your organization doing about it?

    American...

  • ADL’s Foxman explains his ‘yes’ on J Street, ZOA’s Klein his ‘no’

    April 29, 2014 | 11:16 am

    “There is more tolerance for dissent in Israel than in the Jewish community,” Abraham Foxman told me yesterday at the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Washington conference.

    That’s one reason the ADL’s national director gave for why it makes sense for J Street to be admitted to...

  • Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling

    April 28, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

    “If the National Basketball Association’s investigation...

  • Maryland budget slams Israel academic boycotts, offers no penalties

    April 9, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    Maryland lawmakers included language in the new state budget condemning academic boycotts of Israel but scrapped any penalties that were included in a bill under consideration.

    Wording in the 2015 fiscal year spending plan, which was adopted April 6, includes a statement of...

  • Foxman: Obama’s Bloomberg View interview was an ‘ambush’ for Netanyahu

    March 10, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    President Obama, in his interview with Bloomberg View’s Jeffrey Goldberg, was unusually blunt and personal in demanding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu show leadership on achieving a two-state solution. Many saw the interview, published the day before Obama and...

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