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ADL Campus guide describes how to block events about Palestine

The ADL claims to oppose injustice, but spends much of its huge budget defaming Palestinians and their allies who work for an end to Israel’s human rights abuses.
By Alison Weir | If Americans Knew | September 13, 2107

The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has just launched a new initiative for college students called “ADL CAMPUS: Tools for Dealing with Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Incidents on Campus.”

This resource contains much useful information about addressing anti-Semitism, endorses such valuable principles as freedom of speech and non-violence, and recommends that students talk to others who may hold different perspectives.

It also, however, contains some deeply problematic components for anyone who believes that human rights and justice should apply to all people without exception.

Unfortunately, the ADL does not share this belief. While it announces prominently, “We protect the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all,” in reality the ADL supports Israeli injustice against Palestinians.

Its recent campus resource exemplifies this, and distorts facts and words in order to do so.

First of all, ADL Campus conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. Rather than meaning bigotry against Jewish people, the ADL’s use of the term anti-Semitism includes many forms of criticism of Israel. The Israeli government and certain of its partisans have been pushing this new, expanded definition in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

Below, this article will look in more detail at what kinds of criticism of Israel the ADL considers unacceptable, and why its parameters will include virtually all speakers truly critical of Israeli oppression of Palestinians. First, however, let us turn to the ADL’s advice on blocking events championing Palestinian human rights (and undermining free speech and academic inquiry).

ADL strategies to prevent events about Palestine

ADL Campus provides an entire section on how to block events on Palestine. The section starts out by assuring students that they have tremendous resources on their campuses to help them in this: faculty, Hillel, Chabad, J Street U, Stand With Us, The David Project, off-campus organizations like ADL, the Israel Action Network, Israel on Campus Coalition, AIPAC, and “your local Israeli Consulate.”

It provides an array of “Proactive Strategies to Prevent Anti-Israel Activity” – “steps you can take year-round to prevent an anti-Israel event from taking place on your campus, and to be prepared if and when an anti-Israel event does take place.”

They are advised to join – and lead, when possible – student organizations so that they can use this position to advocate for Israel and prevent campus activism on Palestine. The guide advises students to:

“Run for student government. Write for the campus newspaper. Join committees and other student organizations. Holding leadership positions on campus provides a great opportunity to meet new people, build coalitions, and exchange views with your peers. With a seat at the table, you can more effectively speak out (or even vote) against anti-Israel actions, including divestment resolutions.”

This is not a new idea. In 2010 an AIPAC official (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) said that AIPAC was going to take over student governments in order to block resolutions on behalf of Palestinian rights:

More recently, pro-Israel students have been working to insert an Israel-centric definition of anti-Semitism into student governments. This then blocks university funding for student groups wishing to bring speakers on Palestine.

ADL Campus expands further upon the value of building relationships with other students as a strategy to prevent Palestine activism:

“Build coalitions with other student groups. Take the time to understand the needs and priorities of other groups and learn how to be an ally to other communities. Attend their events and meetings.  Join advocacy efforts for issues you care about. Think about opportunities for co-sponsoring events with these groups.”

Another suggested strategy is to put on Israel-related events; again the document suggests resources students can tap into:

“Hillel, the Israeli consulate responsible for the region in which your campus is located, ADL and other organizations, on campus and off, can help provide you with speakers and ideas.”

What to do if an event about Palestine is scheduled

If, despite their efforts, a program on Palestine is scheduled for their campus, ADL Campus tells students what to do next: investigate the speaker by contacting Hillel, ADL, ICC (Israel on Campus), or other organizations. (Some of these groups compile witch-hunt-like dossiers on Palestinian rights speakers which often contain inaccurate information, grossly exaggerated ad hominem attacks and claims that they are “anti-Semitic.”)

If they find that the speaker has engaged in alleged “hate speech, including anti-Semitic comments [sic],” ADL Campus tells them to contact the administration about it. Given that the ADL labels numerous valid statements about Israel “anti-Semitic (see below),” this could apply to virtually all honest and committed speakers on Palestine, and is often used in attempts to impugn the speaker’s integrity and block his or her talk. Such misrepresentations sometimes cause academic departments and other organizations to back out of sponsoring a lecture.

If an event does go forward with speakers that don’t pass ADL muster, ADL Campus tells students they should consider “an active, organized effort.” It advises them to “send a small contingent of pro-Israel students to the event to question the speaker about their views. Prepare some questions in advance based on what you’ve learned about the speaker [sic] in your research.”

ADL Campus also tells students: “Share information with fellow students attending the event about the speakers and organizations they’re about to hear from. Prepare fact sheets [sic] in advance that highlight how extreme the views of the speaker really are. ADL and other organizations make it easy to access information on extreme speakers who frequently appear on campuses.”

In reality, such “fact sheets” typically misrepresent speakers’ statements and contain non-factual information about Israel-Palestine in general and about the speaker in particular.

The ADL “deciphers” anti-Semitism

ADL Campus contains an entire section and video that claim to help students decipher when something is anti-Semitic or contains “anti-Israel bias” (the latter seems to be anti-Semitism’s almost equally objectionable sister sin).

According to the ADL, you are anti-Semitic if you who fail to affirm Israel’s alleged “right to exist as a Jewish state.”


Palestinians forced out in 1948 by Israel’s founding war

Affirming such a “right” may seem benign. In reality, it means affirming Israel’s “right” to have created its state through the violent expulsion of the majority indigenous population and confiscation of their land, simply because they were not Jewish. It also means you believe Israel has the “right” to prohibit these families from returning to their homes because they are of the “wrong” ethnicity or religion (even though returning to one’s home is an internationally recognized human right.)

In actuality, saying that Israel has a “right to exist as a Jewish state” entails the morally untenable position that universal human rights do not apply to the residents and indigenous people Israel does not want in its ethnically preferential state.

ADL Campus also states that BDS (Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions), the international nonviolent movement that works to require Israel to adhere to international law and end its violations of human rights, is “anti-Semitic.”

In fact, the ADL head has just endorsed legislation that would make Americans who support boycotts targeting Israel criminals to be punished by fines of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. Once again, we see the ADL turning morality on its head. Those who stand up for justice and who oppose oppression and discrimination are not bigots or criminals, they are human rights champions.

While the ADL Campus video allows in theory that “people can support the Palestinian cause without being anti-Israel,” it censures what the ADL claims is “illegitimate criticism.” As the narrator’s voice intones that this consists of “false accusations,” the screen shows the words apartheid, genocide, and ethnic cleansing.


Screenshot from ADL Campus video

Far from being “false accusations” and “illegitimate criticism,” however, all three characterizations of Israel and its actions are based on factual conditions and have been argued for by diverse scholars, institutions, and human rights advocates (see links below*).

ADL campus also decrees that statements comparing Israel to Nazis are “anti-Semitic” (reflecting the international redefinition of the term mentioned above). However, Israeli leaders themselves at times have referred to one another this way, beginning with Ben Gurion, who compared both Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky and future Prime Minister Menachem Begin to Hitler (Begin returned the epithet). An article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz is headlined: Calling your political rival a Nazi is a time-hallowed tradition in Israel.

And while such comparisons are exaggerated and imprecise, some years ago there was an uproar in Israel when an Israeli military officer suggested that studying how the German army fought in the Warsaw ghetto could be useful in finding strategies to use in seizing “a densely populated refugee camp, or take over the casbah in Nablus.” Author Melvin Goodman, describing the cruel situation in Gaza, concludes:  “Perhaps the comparison with the Warsaw Ghetto is not completely far-fetched after all.”

ADL helps mislead people, then calls them “anti-Semitic”

In one case, the ADL’s characterization of some statements about Israel as “anti-Semitic” may be legitimate. The ADL accuses individuals of being “anti-Semitic”– i.e. bigots – if they suggest that all Jewish people are responsible for the actions of Israel.

Such a conflation is erroneous and should be corrected. However, it is important to understand that the state of Israel itself and its strongest partisans, including the ADL, actively work to conflate Judaism and Jewish identity with Israel. This intentional conflation has gone on for decades. A century ago Supreme Court Justice and Zionist leader Louis Brandeis was known for specifically working to conflate Zionism with being Jewish at a time when most Jewish people were not Zionists.


Israeli flag featuring the “Star of David” Jewish identity symbol

Israel specifically calls itself “the Jewish state” and often claims to represent Jews worldwide, a claim specifically rejected by certain Jewish individuals and organizations.

The Israeli flag, which adorns tanks, helicopter gunships, and fighter jets that periodically attack Gaza civilians, consists of a star of David, thus working to symbolically conflate Israel and its actions with Judaism and Jews. Israelis regularly call the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. “the Jewish lobby.”

In addition, virtually every mainstream national Jewish institution in the U.S. publicly supports Israel, numerous synagogues and schools across the country exhibit the Israeli flag and affirm their attachment to Israel, and Jewish Community Relations Councils and Jewish Federations advocate for Israel in cities throughout the country.

The ADL’s 2015 Annual Report itself conflates Israel and “the Jewish people,” stating: “Since the founding purpose of ADL is to protect the Jewish people, our work on behalf of and in support of the State of Israel is a significant way of fulfilling that mission.” The ADL Campus video itself uses an image of a menorah, a religious symbol, to represent Israel.


Graphic featuring the menorah used in ADL Campus video

If some people critical of human rights abuses or other actions by the government of Israel or certain Israel partisans connect all Jews to Israel’s actions, this intentional conflation is part of the problem, not the solution. Those taken in by it are mistaken, not necessarily prejudiced.

ADL: Advocate for Israel

For many years the ADL has been held in high regard by many Americans who believe its purpose is to oppose bigotry and assist those being treated unfairly, and who are unaware of the ADL’s work to defame human rights defenders and maintain Israel’s power over Palestinians, one of the world’s most oppressed populations.

Through its own well-funded efforts combined with the support of media figures who may also be pro-Israel, the ADL has attained considerable power. Its frequent reports on alleged anti-Semitism are cited regularly as though they are the work of an objective, official, accountable entity.

In reality, the ADL is a non-governmental organization without public accountability whose work is non-transparent, lacks objective review, and which has a publicly stated goal of advocating for a foreign country—a nation whose system is antithetical to the principles held by most Americans, and whose actions are frequently harmful to the United States.

With its $142 million assets, the ADL crows that it helps “shape laws locally and nationally, and develop groundbreaking model legislation,” thus exerting influence from the highest levels of the U.S. government down to American campuses.

ADL Campus is its latest effort to maintain US taxpayers’ $10 million+ per day to Israel, and thus maintain Israel’s hegemony over Palestinians and others in the region.

Opposing bigotry, prejudice, and racism are noble actions that benefit everyone. Sadly, that’s not what the ADL is about.


Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew, president of the Council for the National Interest, and author of Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel.  

* According to the ADL, statements suggesting that Israeli actions and/or policies have constituted apartheid, genocide, and ethnic cleansing are “false claims” and therefore constitute “anti-Israel bias,” a phrase that the ADL seems to suggest is tantamount to anti-Semitism. In reality, however, there is considerable evidence that such statements are accurate; at minimum, they are valid criticisms worthy of investigation. Below are a few of the many resources available on these topics:

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  1. THE JEWISH KABBALAH

    WHAT IS KABBALAH?
    Today, “Kabbalah” makes most think of pop stars like Madonna or Britney Spears who dabble in the occult. Actually, Kabbalah has no real relevance to Gentiles. It is an occult theology and practice centering around the superiority of Jews and their predestined purpose to dominate society.

    While conservatives focus on the dark side of Islam, they take it for granted that Judaism is a benign religion of peace and tolerance. But if we are brave enough to take a closer look, we find a very, very different reality. Deep in the heart of Judaism’s sacred texts lie a set of twisted and chilling beliefs.

    Christian-Jewish historian Alfred Eidersheim comments,

    “It is undeniable that already at the time of Jesus Christ, there existed an assemblage of doctrines and speculations that were carefully concealed from the multitude. They were not even revealed to ordinary scholars. This kind bore the name of Kabbala.” [1]

    In Kabbalist theology, “God”, called the “En Sof”, is beyond rational description. He consists of the most exalted, rarified light. As his wavelengths descend, they manifest themselves, according to Jewish Kabbalists, as a most wonderful phenomenon: the Jewish people. Jews, being semi-divine, are the rational, physical manifestations of God’s presence in the universe. They are as indispensable to the existence of the universe as a proton is to an atom.

    EVIL GENTILES:
    Unfortunately, the wavelengths of God continue to descend, becoming so degenerate that they produce demons and – most troubling to Israel – satanic creatures called “Kliphoth,” or Gentiles. The rabbinic treatise, “Sepher Or Israel, 117”, recommends: “Take the life of the Klipoth and kill them, and you will please God the same as one who offers incense to Him.” [2]

    The Zohar, meaning “brightness” or “light”, is the five-volume repository of Kabbalistic lore and mystic speculation. It explains, “‘living soul’ refers to Israel who have holy, living souls from above, and ‘cattle’ and ‘creeping thing’ and ‘beast of the earth’ to the other peoples who are not ‘living soul’.” [3]

    BAD VIBRATIONS:
    According to the Zohar, the great tragedy of this world is that the Kliphoth or Gentiles perpetually unsettle the higher levels with their evil imbalance. As long as the Kliphoth continue to exist in their present state of discord, God and His universe will be disordered as well.

    In this concept we find a rationale for the Kabbalists’ hatred of Gentiles. Jesus said, “The time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (John 16:2) The Kabbalist sees the extermination of the Gentile as a necessary process toward restoring order in the universe. He teaches that the Gentile is a form of demon who should be treated with no more genuine benevolence than one would treat Satan himself.

    Gentiles, whom the Zohar describes as “Amalekites”, have an intrinsic tendency to disorder the world, causing it to revert to its primordial state of chaos (tohu) and emptiness (bohu).

    “All of these [Gentiles] tend to bring the world back to the state of tohu and bohu, and they caused the destruction of the temple. But as “tohu” and “bohu” gave place to the light, so, when God reveals Himself, they will be wiped off the earth. But, withal, redemption will not be complete until Amalek will be exterminated.” [4]

    “The People of the Earth are idolaters, and it has been written about them: Let them be wiped off the face of the earth.” [5]

    LONG SUFFERING ISRAEL:
    Until the blessed day when the Gentiles are exterminated, the Zohar says, Israel must remain in a withered, blighted condition. This is because Gentiles, by the confusion they stir up in the lower levels, prevent the blessings of the Shekina in the upper levels from adequately descending upon Israel.

    Someday, however, things will be as they were meant and “man” (meaning Israel) will be given the preeminence he was created to enjoy. Then, says the Kabbalah, “man should be unique and ruler over all.” [6]

    HOW WILL “MAN” CONQUER THE WORLD?
    “Rabbi Jehuda said to him Rabbi Chezkia:
    “He is to be praised who is able to free himself from the enemies of Israel, and the just are much to be praised who get free from them and fight against them.”
    Rabbi Chezkia asked,
    “How must we fight against them?”
    Rabbi Jehuda said,
    “By wise counsel thou shalt war against them.” (Proverbs 24:6)

    “By what kind of war?”
    “The kind of war that every son of man must war against his enemies. Which Jacob used against Esau-by deceit and trickery wherever possible. They must be fought against without ceasing, until proper order be restored. Thus it is with satisfaction that I say we should free ourselves from them, and rule over them.”” [7]

    The intention of this passage is clear: world domination.
    WORLD DOMINATION:
    When Jews control the planet, Kabbalists believe, God’s power will be manifest through the Messiah.
    “The Holy One, blessed be He, will display His force, and exterminate them [Gentiles] from the world.” [8]

    In that day,
    “happy will be the lot of Israel, whom the Holy One, blessed be He, has chosen from amongst the Goyim of whom the Scriptures say: “Their work is vanity, it is an illusion at which we must laugh; they will perish when God visits them in his wrath.” At the moment when the Holy One, blessed be He, will exterminate all the Goyim of the world, Israel alone will subsist even as it is written: “The Lord alone will appear great on that day.” [9]

    Until then, the Kabbalah has a solemn mission:

    “It is certain that our captivity will last until the princes of the Gentiles who worship idols are destroyed.” [10]

    To hasten the end of Israel’s captivity, Kabbalah recommends extermination of Gentiles, not simply as a necessity, but as the highest religious duty. Zohar II explains the principles of redemption of the firstborn of an ass by offering a lamb:

    “The ass means non-Jew, who is to be redeemed by the offering of a lamb, which is the dispersed sheep of Israel. But if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull. They should be taken out of the book of the living.” [11]

    “In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those who lamented over Sion and Jerusalem and all those who destroyed idolatrous nations.and those who killed off people who worshipped idols are clothed in purple garments so that they may be recognized and honored.” [12]

    To the Kabbalist, even the quaint and commonplace liturgy of the synagogue has a deep, far-reaching significance:

    “The feast of tabernacles is the period when Israel triumphs over the other peoples of the world. That is why during this feast we seize the loulab and carry it as a trophy to show that we have conquered all the other people known as ‘populace’.” [13]

    KABBALAH TODAY:
    How relevant is the Kabbalah to modern Judaism?
    Although many Jews today have become so secularized that they have forgotten most of their own beliefs, as well as the literature which is supposed to uphold them, observant Jews, including Conservative, Orthodox and especially ultra-Orthodox, still consider the Kabbalah inspired by God. They believe it stands with the Talmud as the greatest legal authority of Judaism. In fact, passages from the Zohar are read along with the Bible and Talmud as part of the worship service in synagogues every Saturday.

    The Concise History of Judaism describes the Zohar as “inspired Jewish writings.” The preface to the Soncino edition of the Zohar says:

    “The Zohar appeals to many Jews in a way that makes them regard it as the most sacred of sacred books! For it mirrors Judaism as an intensely vital religion of the spirit. More overpoweringly than any other book or code, more even than the Bible, does it give to the Jew the conviction of an inner, unseen spiritual universe-an eternal moral order.” (p. 12)

    The same source continues,

    “During the present century there has been a distinct revival of interest.in Kabbalah, and eminent Jewish scholars have attempted to show that these devotees of the mystic side of Jewish life and religion were not, as is popularly supposed, half-crazy visionaries living in a universe peopled by the figments of their own degenerate brains, but men of intellect, scholarship and sound sense who aimed at bringing back to Jewish organized communal life a breath of that mystic sentiment and emotion which are the aromatic life essence of religion, and which are indispensable to Judaism if it is to continue to play its predestined part of bringing mankind “under the wings of the Shekinah.” (p. 25)

    The Kabbalah is thought to be divinely inspired by many Jews because, like the Talmud, it proceeded from the very hub of Jewry-the most eminent rabbis. Many of the greatest Talmudists, from Ben Zakki and Maimonides through the numerous Baal-shems and Talmudists of the 16th through 18th centuries, even to perhaps the greatest rabbi in the world today, Rabbi Steinsaltz of Jerusalem-all have been initiates and practitioners of Kabbalah. They take the Kabbalah very seriously, indeed, as the Word of God.

    What about the Kabbalah’s description of Gentiles as animals who must be slaughtered before “order” can be restored? That concept is not a minority opinion but fundamental to how Kabbalah structures God, Israel, and the universe. Thus, we can only assume it provides much of the motivation for the racist laws, war crimes, and homicidal agenda of the state of Israel today. After all, Orthodox, Kabbalah-venerating Judaism is the official position of the government, religious hierarchy, and military of Israel.

    KNOW YOUR “FRIENDS”:
    There is now an accelerating interest among conservatives and Christians in what the Koran teaches about “infidels.” Many are eager to discuss how the inner teachings of Islam’s most sacred literature might help explain international Arab terrorism.
    Yet, incredibly, the Evangelical Christian Right has no interest in similar investigations into the sacred, semi-secret teachings of Judaism. No one is curious about how such teachings might help explain not only Israel’s notorious mistreatment of her Arab neighbors but also Jewish power worldwide in government, finance, and media.

    This must change. Israel is in the public domain. If Israel expects America to contribute $5 billion annually, sustaining her as the world’s fourth greatest military superpower, then Jews must no longer cry “Anti-Semitism!” whenever their most sacred literature, the Talmud and Zohar, are investigated.

    If America is to keep from being pawned into even greater military and public relations disasters in the Middle East, we must have an accurate understanding of the beliefs of those we are committed to defend.

    Yes, the bombs that fell on Lebanon were made in America. But the hatred and racism behind them were MADE IN ISRAEL.

    Endnotes:
    [1] Eidersheim, Alfred. La Societe Juive au Temps de Jesus, p. 363, 364, with select quotes translated by Nesta Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, p. 10.
    [2] Pranaitus, Rev. I. B. The Talmud Unmasked, p.82.
    [3] Zohar I, Bereshith 47a, Soncino translation. This is the authoritative five-volume English edition of the Zohar translated by Maurice and Sperling.
    [4] Zohar I, Bereshith 25b.
    [5] Zohar I, 25a, Pranaitus.
    [6] Zohar I, Bereshith 47a.
    [7] Zohar I, Bereshith 160a, Pranaitus, p. 74-75.
    The Soncino version of this passage, contained in Vol. 2, Vayeze 160a, says the same thing but in less pointed language. Scholars of the Hebrew and Aramaic language have translated this and other passages of the Zohar for me from the authoritative Mantuan edition of the Zohar, 16th century, which resides in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress. Their conclusion is that in the case of volatile passages the Pranaitus translations are consistently superior to the Soncino. In such passages which cannot be omitted, Soncino’s practice is to tone them down by paraphrasing or omitting them entirely.
    [8] Zohar III, Schemoth 7 and 9b, DePauly translation. Nesta Webster presents selected quotes in English from the French DePauly translation of the Zohar, in her Secret Societies and Subversive Movements. The original DePauly translation is available in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress.
    [9] Zohar, Sec. Vayschlah Folio 177b, DePauly translation.
    [10] Zohar I, 219b, Pranaitus p. 80.
    [11] Zohar II, 43a.
    [12] Zohar I, 38b and 39a.
    [13] Zohar, Toldoth Noah, 63b.
    ________________________________________
    Source: Ted Pike

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