Robert O. Trestan, civil right counsel for a major pro-Israel American Jewish organization, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), had attended the three-day conference seeking ways to prevent hate speech and hate crimes, organized by the International Hrant Dink Foundation at Istanbul Bilgi University on April 15/17, 2011.
Abraham Foxman, the national director of ADL is well-known for his criticism of everyone who dares to criticize the Zionist regime – from former US President Jimmy Carter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Trestan began his speech with usual Zionist rant: “The Anti-Defamation League has been fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate and bigotry for almost 100 years. We have known what many of you attending this conference know; that when one of us is targeted because of our religion, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, none of us is safe. Acts of violence motivated by hatred are an attack on all of us. Acts of hate and terror permeate nations around the world at every level of society…..”
Naturally, Trestan believes that none amongst his audience knew ADL being strictly an Israel Lobby. On December 20, 2006, ADL fired an open letter to Jimmy Carter, saying: “We have read your letter to American Jews. As much as the tone of this letter is different from that of your book, “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid,” or your many public interviews, the damage to the good name of Israel and the American Jewish community from your unwarranted attacks remains. As does our outrage”.
While receiving ADL’s highest humanitarian award in 2005, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had said that there is no place for the so-called ‘anti-Semitism’ in Turkey. However, that was the time when Erdogan had not criticized Israel for later’s genocide of Palestinians. On January 21, 2010, Abe Foxman wrote in Huffpost: “Erdogan’s tirade against Israel during the Gaza war, his continuation last year at Davos which forced Israeli President Shimon Peres to react, his unstinting support of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Goldstone Report accusing Israel of war crimes, and his support of Iran in the nuclear standoff, are impossible for Israel to ignore”.
Abraham Foxman in his book “Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism” had claimed that the Christian Bible, The New Testament (NT) is ‘anti-Semitic’ and its teaching fueled the Holocaust during WW II. In other words, Abe Foxman, too believe that the 150,000 Grman Jews who took active part in the Nazi Army, had studied NT instead of their Holy Talmud which loaths Christianity.
Abe Foxman was against American Muslims building an Islamic Center not far away from ‘Ground Zero’, Israel’s greatest PR stunt. He said: “The Cordoba Initiative, has the legal right to build at the site. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.”
On June 6, 2010 – Abe Foxman issued a statement that Helen Thomas cannot be forgiven for telling Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to their ancestral European lands.
On October 14, 2010 – Abe Foxman released list of top US ‘anti-Semite’ groups for criticizing Israel’s illegal actions in the Midlle East. Abe’s list included; Jewish Voice for Peace, Muslim American Society, Friends of Sabeel, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, ANSWER, If American Knew!, Al-Awada, CAIR, International Solidarity Movement, and Students for Justice in Palestine.
Last year, when one of America’s top dozen Islamophobe, Glenn Beck, called Jewish multi-billionaire George Soro, “a Nazi helper” – Abe Foxman defended Soro by saying: “This is the height of ignorance or insenstivity, or both. There is an arrogance here for Glenn Beck, a non-Jew, to set the standards of what makes a good Jew”.
And finally, the latest case of Zionists’ hate and bigotary right under ADL’s nose. The City University of New York (CUNY), has withdrawn its offer of an honorary degree to the award-winning Jewish playwright Tony Kushner by bowing to its Jewish trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld’s campaign. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, an investment banker and former Republican Party aide, claims that Kushner had described the removal of Palestinians in order to create Israel as an act of ethnic cleansing and supported a boycott of the state.
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