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From <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>,http://www.phillyimc.org/article.pl?sid=02/05/21/1935233@ainfos.ca
Date Wed, 25 Dec 2002 13:05:42 -0500 (EST)

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Underneath the name Anti-Defamation
League and their public relations ploy of
fighting anti-semitism, the ADL has a long
history of spying on Leftists,
cooperating with oppressive governments,
and inappropriately accusing groups of
Underneath the name Anti-Defamation
League and their public relations ploy of
fighting anti-semitism,
the ADL has a long history of spying on
Leftists, cooperating with oppressive
governments, and inappropriately accusing
groups of racism.

The last issue of the Defenesterator had an
article about the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) turning against Anti-Racist
Action (ARA). ("In the Aftermath of
York, ADL Turns on ARA," pigpen, March
2002) After ARA organized and
carried out a militant protest against white
supremacist groups, ADL ironically
labeled ARA a "hate group" and worked with
the Philadelphia police to stop ARA


The incident with the ARA is not the first
time ADL has fought against anti-
racist struggles in the name of fighting
against racism. In November of 2001, I
spoke at a teach-in about Israel and Palestine
at the State University of New
York at New Paltz. Two of the three
organizers for this event are Jewish and 4 of
the 7 speakers are Jewish, yet the ADL
contacted the school and complained that
the event was "anti-Semitic." Presumably,
they believed the teach-in was racist
because Israel was criticized.

According to the ADL: "The mission of ADL
today is, as it has been in the past,
to expose and combat the purveyors of hatred
in our midst." (adl.org) Yet, in the
wake of the 1967 Israeli occupation of
Palestine, ADL has begun to use anti-

Semitism and racism as a synonym for
"critical of Israel." In a 1974 ADL
publication entitled "The New
Anti-Semitism," then-ADL National Director
Benjamin Epstein argued that any "criticism
of Israel reflects insensitivity to
American Jews and constitutes a form of
anti-Semitism." ADL continues to
staunchly defend Israel and much of it's
website is dedicated to justifying Israel's
brutal 35 year-occupation.

ADL's position on Israel and Palestine is an
act of racism. It defends and
empathizes with Israeli lives while casting
the label of "terrorist" over
Palestinians. It is this racist way of thinking
that enables ADL to call any
empathizing with Palestinians and criticism
of the Israeli government as "anti-
Semitic." There is no question that that many
Israelis have suffered from the
Occupation, but that does erase the fact that
3 million Palestinians face military
invasions of their neighborhoods, dangerous
and humiliating checkpoints, an
active de-development of their economy, and
the rest of the emotional and
physical effects of living under an foreign


It gets worse. After World War II, the ADL
worked with the conservative forces
in the US to blacklist and jail progressives
and Leftists in what's known as
"McCarthyism." Since then the ADL has
worked with CIA agents, domestic
police forces, the FBI, the House Committee
on Un-American Activities, Massod
(the Israel FBI), and Apartheid South Africa
to undermine a broad range of
Leftist, progressive, and anti-racist activists.

In 1947, the US Government?s House
Subcommittee on the Expenditures of the
Executive Department conducted an
investigation of the Civil Service
Commission, a governmental committee
involved in the McCarthy witch-hunts.
During the investigation the Commission?s
President, Mitchell, admitted the ADL
help to compile a list of 6,000 or 7,000
dissidents. One example of a ADL is
dissident is the National Lawyers Guild, a
group that provides legal services for
progressive causes.

Since then, the ADL has continue to spying
on progressives and Leftists. In 1993,
the FBI accused a former CIA operative and
torture instructor in Latin America
named Thomas Gerard of stealing FBI files.
The investigation uncovered that
Gerard was working with an ADL spy named
Robert Bullock. For over 7 years,
Bullock had been on the ADL?s payroll. The
investigation led to a several
hundred-page report about the ADL?s spying

According to the report, Robert Bullock had
compiled computer files for the ADL
on 9,876 individuals and more than 950
groups. Bullock?s targets included the
NAACP, the Rainbow Coalition, ACLU, the
American Indian Movement, the
Center for Investigative Reporting, Pacifica,
ACT UP, 77 Palestinian and Arab
groups, Sandinista solidarity groups,
Americans for Peace Now, Jesse Jackson,
29 anti- apartheid organizations, CISPES, the
National Lawyers Guild, Asian Law
Caucus, 20 Bay area labor unions,
Greenpeace, and the San Francisco Boycott
Shell Committee.

These groups represent a broad spectrum of
progressive causes from AIDS,
environmental issues, worker?s rights,
independent journalism, civil rights,
anti-racism, Lesbians/Gay/Bi/Trans, and
peace issues. Irwin Saul, the ADL?s
head of ?fact finding,? explains the need to
target progressive groups: ?The
right-wing isn't the problem. The left-wing is
the problem. The Soviet Union is the
biggest problem in the world for Jews. It's
the American left that is the biggest
threat to American Jews.? Likewise, Bullock
saw ?gay Left revolutionaries? as
one of the biggest threats to society. The
ADL wasn?t fighting against racism and
anti-Semitism they were fighting against the


In the 1980?s, Israel and South Africa
worked together, sharing nuclear weapons
secrets, attempting to avoid international
trade sanctions, and continuing their
respective Apartheids. Meanwhile, the ADL
worked with the South African
government to fight anti-apartheid organizing
in the US.

ADL's national director, Abe Foxman,
explains why they needed to spy on anti-
apartheid organizing. "People are very upset
about the [files on the] ANC [the
African National Congress, one of the main
groups resisting the white South
African government]. At the time we
exposed the ANC, they were communist.
They were violent, they were anti-Semitic,
they were pro-PLO and they were anti-
Israel. You're going to tell me I don't have
the legitimacy to find out who they were
consorting with, who their buddies are, who
supports them." Foxman finds the
anti-apartheid movement to be leftist,
anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic. Indeed, they
were leftist and critical of Israel. Yet, when
Fox throws around the term
?anti-Semitic?, we have to remember that
when the ADL uses that term it means
the same as ?critical of Israel.?

Bullock told the FBI that he the South
African government paid him $16,000 to spy
on anti-apartheid groups. He also said that he
had been spying on anti- apartheid
groups for the ADL before the South African
government had ever approached

ADL settles out of court The ADL was under
several charges for stealing
government information. They settled out of
court paid a $75,000 civil fine -- most
of which went to charitable causes along the
lines of the ADL's own interests.
Gerard pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor
charge of unauthorized use of a
police computer and was sentenced to three
years' probation, 45 days in jail, and a
$2,500 fine.

RACISM ADL?s spying does not occur in
a vacuum. It is part of a government and
rightwing crackdown on people?s
movements. Palestinians that the ADL spied
on have been deported from the US
and arrested by the Israeli Massod. South
Africans spied under ADL observation
have been assassinated. There is no way to
know if these actions are directly
related. However, we do know that the ADL
has become a resource for
oppressive governments.

The ADL isn?t all bad. They have supported
gay rights, voting rights act of 1965,
and the Civil Rights of 1964. Yet, as long as
the ADL continues to support the
Israeli Occupation of Palestine, spy on
progressive organizations, and cooperate
with repressive governments, they have no
legitimacy as an anti- racist group.

Perhaps it?s time ADL got a taste of their
medicine (spying, infiltration, and being
called out as racist). ADL has offices in
almost every city. ADL is also
connected to the lobbying group AIPAC.
Check out the AIPAC website to see
how you can get involved! Go to

The following resources were used to write
this article:
?Anti-Defamation League is Spying on You,?
Robert I. Friedman, Village Voice
May 11, 1993. ?Spy vs. Spite,? Matt Isaacs,
SF Weekly, February 2-8, 2000 ?The
ADL Spy Probe, ?Alexander Cockburn's,
The Nation. May 31, 1993 ?The ADL
Spying Case Is Over, But The Struggle
Continues? Anne Poirier, Jeffrey Blankfort
and Steve Zeltzer CounterPunch's Booktalk,
February 25, 2002. ?ADL Snoops:
Were the Spies ?Journalists??? ?ADL U.S.
Spy Networks Exposed in San
Francisco? Jeffrey Blankfort, Middle East
Labor Bulletin Vol. 4, No. 2 Spring 1993
(pgs 1, 13-16) ?ADL Info Helped HUAC In
1947 Witch-Hunts,? Middle East
Labor Bulletin, Vol. 4 No. 2, Spring 1993
?Unions Among 100s of Groups Spied On
By ADL Informant? Jeffrey Blankfort Middle
East Labor Bulletin Vol 4. No. 3 Fall
1993. ?Spy Case Update: The
Anti-Defamation League Fights Back,?
Marshall Hate Watch July/August, Page 20
Abe Foxman, No. Ca. Jewish Bulletin,
May 7, 1994, ?The Anti-Defamation
League,? Jabara Covert Action, Summer
1993, Norman Finkelstien, The Holocaust
Industry, 2000.

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