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Sunday, July 18, 2004

I know the ADL means well

Like when they told us not to protest the "Jews killed the Lord" sign in Denver

But, but, but, but . . . . I really wish they'd get their head out.  This is their new ad campaign:

"The new campaign, aimed to reach and engage a broad and diverse audience, is designed to change the perception that anti-Semitism is strictly a problem for Jews. Anti-Semitism is everyone's problem. Anti-Semitism in a society is an expression of a hatred of the other, it is contrary to our values of democracy, diversity and acceptance."


Judith Weiss at Kesher Talk thinks this is "inane" and objects to the campaign being launched in Manhattan where "half the New Yorkers who aren't Jews are married to Jews."

Julia Gorin finds it dubious" and "misleading" - in the WSJ Opinion Journal:

We're not being told that anti-Semitism is bad in and of itself, and why, but that it's bad because it's like being racist, dude. Anti-Semitism isn't anti-everybody, Mr. Foxman. It's just anti-Jewish.

And I just can't get over that they didn't use pictures of Jews! 

Danielle Shefi, Ma'ayan Na'im, David and Nava Appelbaum, Yaffa Ben-Shimol, Ra'anan Kumemi, Tamar Ben-Eliahu, and Benayahu Zuckerman.  And there are hundreds more photos where these came from.

I vaguely understand what the ADL is trying to do, but when it comes down to it, how dare they disassociate themselves from Jews; how dare they disassociate Jews from antisemitism; and how dare they pander - to Asians, Blacks and Christians -  as if begging them to receive the moral imperative of Jewish existence as a matter of shared social and cultural discrimination.

Antisemitism may be construed as "everyone's problem" in theory, but we're the ones, the only ones, for whom it is a very real and deadly threat. 

The ADL just doesn't get it.

"We are hated not because we are blamed for everything,
but we are blamed for everything because we are not loved."

-- Jabotinsky, in a piece aptly titled, "Instead of Excessive Apology"

Jabotinsky wrote that in 1911.  In 2004, almost a hundred years later, we still "are not loved." Not even by the ADL.  Now, how sad/funny is that?