The ADL has smeared, defamed and libeled my colleagues and me for years for exposing the horrors of Islamic Jew-hatred. Ironically, their own data substantiates our work. Proud Jews have long been in the ADL’s crosshairs. The notorious org has condemned my work in the past (along with Joan Rivers, David Yerushalmi and Israel at various times).
HOLY SMOKES! Elon just revealed that the ADL, whose goal is to “fight anti-semitism” pushed to shut down Libs of TikTok which has nothing to do with anti-semitism and is run by an orthodox Jewish woman. https://t.co/PfRU9EQKqo
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 4, 2023
We have documented ADL treachery for years but our reach was muffled and shadowbanned. Now Elon Musk, someone with a platform and reach large enough to reach critical mass, is exposing their perfidy. And just like that, the massive Democrat media axis has sprung into action calling Musk’s expose of the far left antisemitic group’s “antisemitic”. You can’t make this stuff up. Their chutzpah is enough to make you throw up.
The LA Times is running this defamation piece: Elon Musk comes around to blaming the Jews
I have documented ADL treachery for years.
Advertisers avoid controversy, so all that is needed for ADL to crush our US & European ad revenue is to make unfounded accusations. They have much less power in Asia, so our ad revenue there is still strong.
This “controversy” causes advertisers to “pause”, but that pause is…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2023
Please consider releasing all communications and providing full transparency on the ADL & all other organizations who have pushed to censor certain accounts on Twitter/X.
Thousands of users who have been suspended, throttled, silenced, and shadowbanned. pic.twitter.com/ZcvoBSvR84
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 4, 2023
Jonathan Greenblatt and the Anti Defamation League have relentlessly pushed for suppression of free speech, particularly from right-wing voices, and even occasionally some self described centrists. The organization claims to be against misinformation, racism and hate speech.
let’s not forget Pierre Omidyar who actually funded the ADL’s center for online hate monitoringhttps://t.co/X26mo6Idu3
— Daniel Greenfield – “Hang Together or Separately” (@Sultanknish) September 5, 2023
Elon Musk’s Legal Threats Aside, The ADL Doesn’t Speak For Jews
By: David Harsanyi, September 06, 2023
It has no moral standing to dictate appropriate speech.
Elon Musk has threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League for some $22 billion over its slandering of him as an antisemite, which he alleges has tanked X’s advertising revenue. “Based on what we’ve heard from advertisers, ADL seems to be responsible for most of our revenue loss,” Musk says.
Judging from my own feed, there are plenty of real-life antisemites who have taken to X, formerly Twitter, to participate in the #BanTheADL movement over this kerfuffle. It’s unsurprising that more open discourse brings out more bigots. That’s an unfortunate price of free speech. Clearly, those who campaign to “ban” accounts don’t care about an open platform, anyway. Nothing stops us from calling them out.
That said, though, Musk’s criticism of the ADL isn’t antisemitic. Perhaps he has a case, perhaps not, but neither Musk nor anyone else has a responsibility to let a mob of online nuts dictate their reactions to the ADL’s activism.
For another thing, the ADL isn’t a “Jewish” organization in any genuine ethnic or theological sense. Its primary mission is no longer to stop the defamation of Jews. The ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Barack Obama appointee, has created a partisan leftist social justice outfit. And its primary goal these days is cynically using the organization’s historical position to advance often illiberal, completely irreligious, leftist ideas.
One of the ways it does this is by dishonestly framing an endorsement of free expression as an endorsement of the things people say using free expression, including antisemitism. That’s what it has done with Musk. So it would be no surprise if the ADL were leading a politically motivated boycott effort.
Musk, for example, contends that the ADL wants him to ban the Libs of TikTok, a popular account run by an orthodox Jew, Chaya Raichik, who gained fame by reposting real leftists saying real things. It’s certainly plausible, considering the ADL already has an entry for Raichik in its “glossary of terms.” Now, I’m not a big fan of nutpicking, but I haven’t seen anything in her feed that could be rationally construed as antisemitic. And that speaks to the problem of who gets to decide what “hate speech” entails.
For Greenblatt, who worked to get Tucker Carlson fired but can barely muster a word of disapproval for Jew-baiters like Rashida Tlaib or any other elected progressive, hate speech is a finely tuned political weapon. The ADL has spent years exaggerating the threat of antisemitism on the right, finding offense not only in demonstrably ugly speech, but also in an endless number of dog whistles (including criticisms of leftist megadonor George Soros). At the same time, it gives perfunctory attention (but mostly ignores) the threat and normalization of anti-Jewish sentiment among leftists on college campuses, within activist movements, and in the government.
Don’t think of it as a double standard. Think of the ADL as a run-of-the-mill activist shop — something akin to the SPLC — and it all makes complete sense.
You only need to look at the organization’s educational recommendations to understand that its worldview is detached from any traditional understanding of Judaism. One strongly doubts the founders of the ADL could have foreseen their organization endorsing the idea that Jews were among the racial oppressors of American society.
Yet the ADL’s school curricula and readings on race and racism are littered with identarian tracts like How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, a fan of a number of brazen antisemites, and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. How can the ADL claim to fight against the defamation of the Jewish people and recommend authors who insinuate, or worse, that Jews represent a disproportionate amount of power in the United States — one of the most enduring tropes of antisemitism? The ADL also recommends the pseudohistorical 1619 Project and the podcast “The Urgency of Intersectionality” by Kimberle Crenshaw, a leading “scholar of critical race theory,” the teachings of which are also inherently anti-Jewish.
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