Abe Foxman is retiring from the ADL as of July, 2015. He’s had a very successful career pursuing Jewish interests, from unqualified support for Israel to strictly enforcing the ban on assertions of White identity and interests. The ADL is an 800-lb. gorilla of American politics and culture, pulling in $53 million in 2011; his salary of $688,188 should ensure him a comfortable retirement.
Since our beginnings in 2008, TOO has posted 68 articles mentioning Foxman, so perhaps a retrospective is in order. The vast majority of our comments relate to statements and actions of Foxman and the ADL that get reported in the media, thereby ignoring the many important programs that continue whirring in the background, such as holocaust education, makingallianceswith Latinos and other non-White groups, promoting diversity education (CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCE™), etc. Still, the record as seen inTOO is a good summary of the tactics Foxman has used to advance Jewish interests, often at the expense of White America.
Hypocrisy. Paul Gottfried called attention to Foxman’s hypocrisy in a book of essays reviewedon TOO — ”the idea that Israel must be a Jewish state, while having no sympathy for the idea that America should be defined as a White, Christian republic.”
Foxman’s hypocrisy was also front and center in an article titled “Shocker! Abe Foxman is a hypocrite.“ Discussing the mostly ill-fated Arizona law on illegal immigrants (also discussed here), Foxman said it was “biased, bigoted and unconstitutional.” When asked about how to reconcile this with Israel’s successful policy of getting rid of illegal immigrants, Foxman didn’t see a problem: “Well, in terms of size and dimension Israel is nowhere near the U.S.”
Wow, great news for small, traditionally White countries like Norway, Switzerland, and New Zealand! Foxman has doubtless pressured the powerful Jewish communities in these countries to oppose immigration so that they can retain their traditional White ethnic and cultural character.
And if you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Similarly, an article on Dutch politician Geert Wilders noted that “Abe Foxman is incensed at Wilders’ failure to agree with both prongs of the Jewish strategy, loving multiculturalism at home and Israel abroad [quoting Foxman]: “It’s akin to the evangelical Christians. … On one hand they loved and embraced Israel. But on the other hand, we were not comfortable with their social or religious agenda” (Geert Wilders’ Unrequited Love“).
Enforcing Penalties for Free Speech. America has that pesky First Amendment, so, at least without another vote on the Supreme Court, there are no laws against speech that Jews dislike. Foxman and the ADL would love to see people locked up for dissident views, but in lieu of that, they are a big part of the informal infrastructure that attempts to get people fired from their jobs or suffer ostracism and walls of hate in their daily life if they hold certain opinions.
While Foxman basks in a well-appointed retirement, he will doubtless gloat at his list of victims. In Foxman’s ideal world, these people would be panhandling for spare change on a street corner. This list would doubtless be much longer, except that TOO has only been around since 2008.
Recently American venture capitalist Tom Perkins was vilified for calling attention to Jewish wealth in Germany even after the National Socialists came to power. Foxman complained that “He discredits himself and his argument by leaping to the absurd conclusion that class differences in America are stirring up sentiments similar to the virulent anti-Semitism that led to the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust. … This is historical trivialization of the worst kind imaginable.”
It would seem that Foxman was more than usually outraged by Perkins analogizing the class warfare going on in San Francisco with the hostility toward Jews in 1930s Germany. That’s because, in the official story, the fact that Jews were an elite in 1930s Germany had nothing to do with the hostility directed against them. The official pitch is that anti-Semitism is nothing more than a psychiatric condition, completely unrelated to Jewish behavior.
A … Forward article recounts the firings of Rick Sanchez, Octavia Nasr, and Helen Thomas for their comments on Jewish issues. It points out that “Jews have done more than other groups to make it clear that they will not suffer lightly the public slights like those made by Sanchez [on Jewish media control]— let alone by those with even bigger mouths, like Mel Gibson. As Foxman put it, ‘We are a community that is sensitive, and — have no doubt — we’ll respond.’ (from “Alan Dershowitz on Jewish Media Influence“)
When Pat Buchanan was fired by MSNBC, he notedthat, in addition to other groups that opposed him, “On Nov. 2 , Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who has sought to have me censored for 22 years, piled on.” In a comment on Buchanan’s VDARE articleon his firing, he quotes Foxman complaining that Buchanan ”bemoans the destruction of white Christian America.” I noted, that “as Buchanan says, why shouldn’t he complain about it? He’s a Christian. And he’s White. Watch Foxman go into a rage at the thought that Israel doesn’t have a right to do everything it can to remain a Jewish state. And need I state the obvious—that Jewish money funds the left [in the U.S. which is the major force for the destruction of White, Christian America]?”
Also related to Buchanan, the ADL condemned Buchanan for appearing onJames Edwards’ radio talk show in early 2012 to promote his book,Suicide of a Superpower and again complained that “Buchanan has repeatedly demonized Jews and minorities and has openly affiliated with white supremacists. He has also claimed that the sovereignty of the United States is being undermined by Israeli control and Mexican incursion.” Another example of the Canard Strategy described in Part 2: Simply to list the charges is to refute them. It’s also an example of the “Cordon Sanitaire” discussed in Part 2: Establish a barrier between acceptable and unacceptable media. James Edwards, an explicit White advocate, is in the latter category.
Foxman also expressed his displeasure with Buchanan’s column “Are Liberals Anti-WASP?”where Buchanan wrote: “If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?”Jewish activists immediately went to work. The National Jewish Democratic Councilcomplainedabout Buchanan’s “over-the-top, conspiratorial screeds.” Abe Foxman was at his most colorful, calling Buchanana “recidivist anti-Semite who doesn’t miss an opportunity to show his fangs.” Foxman also gave his expert, unbiased opinion that Kagan “is a highly qualified candidate for the judiciary, an exemplary Solicitor General and a great legal mind” (“The New Elite Doesn’t Officially Exist“)
Foxman has been active in condemning the Catholic Church. “Foxmandeclared that “It would be unthinkable to allow a Catholic breakaway sect [i.e., Society of St. Pius X] that includes a Holocaust-denying bishop, Richard Williamson, to be reintegrated into the church while still being allowed to promote anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism — which they have been doing for years in their teachings and on their web site.” This quote appeared in a TOOarticle by Peter Stuyvesant emphasizing the lack of reciprocity in Jewish-Catholic relations. While Jews have been successful in expunging anti-Jewish statements from the Catholic liturgy, there has been no reciprocal action by Jews, including Foxman and the ADL, to remove anti-Christian passages from the Talmud (e.g., Jesus was a bastard, etc.).
Foxman attacked Mel Gibson for his anti-Jewish tirade when arrested for DUI and then complained loudly about Gibson’s involvement in a planned film on the Maccabees (“a travesty”).
The “Disease” of Intolerance. Foxman continues the Jewish tradition, dating at least from the 1950s, of conceptualizing any criticism of the organized Jewish community or even any description of Jewish power and influence as a disease and therefore a public health problem. (In 1987 Foxman as the new head of the ADL stated, ““We’ve conquered time and space. We’ve reached the moon. We’ve developed a vaccine for smallpox. And yet, unfortunately, we have not yet come up with a vaccine against this disease [i.e., anti-Semitism].”) Recently Andrew Joyce called attention to ” the closing remarks from … Foxman’s unintentionally hilarious Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype , where parents and teachers are urged to ‘try to help the next generation grow up freer from theinfection of intolerance.’ The goal being, as Mr. Foxman so recentlyarticulated, to ‘make America as user-friendly to Jews as possible.’”
Supporting Israel. The metaphor of America being user-friendly to Jews suggests an image of Jews using America instrumentally to advance their interests, just as a user-friendly software program allows one to easily attain one’s goals. And high on the list of Jewish goals is to use America to advance the interests of Israel. A comment on an article by John Mearsheimer on “The Future of Israeli Apartheid” included Mearsheimer classifying Foxman as among “the “new Afrikaners” — people like Abe Foxman and Elie Wiesel whose views are identical to those of the politically dominant ethnonationalist government in Israel. At the very least, the new Afrikaners will support Israel no matter what it does.” (As another TOO articlenotes, “when John Mearsheimer and Steven Walt published their work on the Israel Lobby, organizations like the ADL were quick to condemn them as anti-Semites and compared their writing to classic anti-Jewish themes in writings like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”)
There’s also the recent case where the Economist withdrew a cartoon from its website due to the ire of the ADL which described it as “anti-Semitic.” As usual, everyone knows about the power of the Lobby, especially in Congress, but no one is supposed to talk about it.
Foxman, therefore emerges as an icon of the most ethnocentric element of the Jewish mainstream — so much so that he becomes an ideal contrast to someone like Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss: “[Weiss] does not have a sense of historical injustice, at least when he thinks of his own experience in America. As he acknowledges, in this regard, he is quite unlike most American Jews and certainly unlike the activists who staff the organized Jewish community — the Jews like Abe Foxman who use their sense of persecution as a badge and sword” (“Philip Weiss on Philosemitism and Ethnocentrism“).
Given that the Israel Lobby has been actively influencing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, at times by successfully advocating wars seen as benefiting Israel, an important function of the ADL has been to prevent assertions that in fact the Jewish identity of these advocates has anything to do with the policies they promote. The following appeared in “The Canard Strategy in the Service of War with Iran“:
The main Jewish activist organizations [were] quick to condemn those who have noted the Jewish commitments of the neoconservative activists in the Bush administration or seen the hand of the Jewish community in pushing for war against Iraq and other Arab countries. For example, the ADL’s Abraham Foxman singled out Pat Buchanan, Joe Sobran, Rep. James Moran,Chris Matthews of MSNBC, James O. Goldsborough (a columnist for theSan Diego Union-Tribune), columnist Robert Novak, and writer Ian Buruma as subscribers to “a canard that America’s going to war has little to do with disarming Saddam, but everything to do with Jews, the ‘Jewish lobby’ and the hawkish Jewish members of the Bush Administration who, according to this chorus, will favor any war that benefits Israel.”
Similarly, when Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) made a speech in the U.S. Senate and wrote a newspaper op-ed piece which claimed the war in Iraq was motivated by “President Bush’s policy to secure Israel” and advanced by a handful of Jewish officials and opinion leaders, Abe Foxman of the ADL stated, “when the debate veers into anti-Jewish stereotyping, it is tantamount to scapegoating and an appeal to ethnic hatred …. This is reminiscent of age-old, anti-Semitic canards about a Jewish conspiracy to control and manipulate government.” (“Neoconservatism as a Jewish Movement,” pp. 15–16)
When there were widespread reports that Israelis in New Jersey were celebrating the 9/11 bombings, a TOO article quoted a source suggesting that Carl Cameron’s Fox News report was squelched after Foxman intervened:
According to a source at Fox News Channel, the president of the ADL, Abraham Foxman, telephoned executives at Fox News’ parent, News Corp., to demand a sit-down in the wake of the Cameron reportage. The source said that Foxman told the News Corp. executives, “Look, you guys have generally been pretty fair to Israel. What are you doing putting this stuff out there? You’re killing us”. The Fox News source continued, “As good old boys will do over coffee in Manhattan, it was like, well, what can we do about this? Finally, Fox News said, ‘Stop the e- mailing. Stop slamming us. Stop being in our face, and we’ll stop being in your face–by way of taking our story down off the web. We will not retract it; we will not disavow it; we stand by it. But we will at least take it off the web.’” Following this meeting, within four days of the posting of Cameron’s series on Fox News.com, the transcripts disappeared, replaced by the message, “This story no longer exists”.
Invoking the Holocaust. The holocaust, which is the focus of elaborate educational programs run by the ADL, is used as the ultimate moral trump card. Foxman has often used it to frame particular Jewish interests as preventing another holocaust. This was apparent in the recent campaign to get the Obama administration to go to war with Syria. Here Foxman invoked the holocaust as implying that America must attack Syria:
The world failed to act during the Holocaust and stood by through the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda. It is a moral imperative that the international community act now to prevent further atrocities in Syria.
Perhaps the most revealing Foxman quote on the Holocaust appeared in areviewof Gilad Atzmon’s The Wandering Who?: The Holocaust is “not simply one example of genocide but a near successful attempt on the life of God’s chosen children and, thus, on God himself.”
In Foxman’s view then, God may be equated with the Jewish people—exactly the point of view of the Old Testament, as seen, for example in this complaint from Ezra about intermarriage: “For they [the Israelites returning from the Babylon exile] have taken of their daughters [i.e., the daughters of the Israelites who remained behind and were genealogically suspect] for themselves and for their sons; so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the peoples of the lands’” (Ezra 9:2). “The use of the phrase ‘holy seed’ is … a rather unvarnished statement of the religious significance of genetic material and the religious obligation to keep that genetic material pure and untainted. … For the Israelites, there was really only one purpose for God—to represent the idea of kinship, ingroup membership, and separateness from others. … In a very real sense, one may say that the Jewish god is really neither more nor less than Ezra’s ‘holy seed’—the genetic material of the upper‑class Israelites who were exiled to Babylon” (see here).
Foxman may be living in the 21st century, but his mindset is that of Ezra in 500 B.C.—a consummate example of Jewish hyperethnocentrism.
Foxman has also been involved in the holocaust reparations industry. Norman Finkelstein became a victim of the organized Jewish community after publishing his book The Holocaust Industry. In a TOO review, Foxman was noted as actively involved in pressuring the Swiss government on holocaust reparations: “In June 1998 the Swiss made a final offer of $600 million. Head of the ADL Abraham Foxman called it ‘an insult to the memory of the victims.’ By August the bankers finally gave in with a $1.25 billion settlement.”
A year after the settlement, no plan was drawn up to distribute the money to actual Holocaust survivors. By December 1999 only half of the $200 million originally given in 1997 had reached the victims. Finkelstein’s last edition of the book was released in 2000 but as of 2009 only $490 million of the $1.25 billion had gone to individual claimants. The rest went to such worthy causes as lawyer fees, Jewish organizations and Holocaust propaganda, presumably to help create a new generation of suckers. Holocaust programs in schools are recommended or required in seventeen states.
One of the most intriguing features of the posturing of the Anti-Defamation League, and other Jewish ethnic activist organizations, is their frequent discussion of what they call ‘canards.’ There are, I am informed, many ‘canards’ ranging from allegations that ‘the Jews’ killed God and mutilated communion wafers, to allegations that Jews control the media and have inordinate influence in the areas of culture and politics. … It was apparent to me that the question of whether Jews were supernatural ‘demons,’ and the question of Jewish over-representation in the media or at elite universities, were clearly worlds apart — the former simply ridiculous and the latter capable of being empirically examined and, at least in theory, logically and rationally discussed. …
Over time, organizations such as the ADL have come to jealously guard this list [of canards], and ‘canard’ has in fact achieved the remarkable feat of acting like a magic word — capable on deployment of making even the most blatant Jewish misdemeanor disappear. Take for example American Jews, who are no more ‘loyal’ to Israel than a Chinaman — because to suggest otherwise would be to employ the ‘canard’ of ‘dual loyalty.’ Likewise, Jews have an unblemished record when it comes to matters financial — because to say otherwise would be to employ the ‘canard’ of the greedy or untrustworthy Jew. Palestinian children never fall victim to Israeli incendiary devices — because to say otherwise would be to employ the ‘canard’ of the ‘Blood Libel.’
A good example of Foxman using the canard strategy related to dual loyalty was his reaction to a Huffpo article that attributed Sen. Bob Menendez’s attempt to undermine the Obama administration’s Iran policy to AIPAC influence. Now one might think that the matter of AIPAC influence would be obvious or at least a strong possibility for a senator who received $340,000 from AIPAC (more than any other candidate in the 2012 election cycle), but Foxman sees nothing but a canard:
Whether done intentionally or not, it is deeply troubling to see how easily even a well-respected mainstream media outlet like the Huffington Post can fail to see the ugly stereotype projected when the language of “sabotage” is combined with the image of an identifiably American Jewish organization known for its effectiveness in promoting U.S. political support for Israel. The charge of dual loyalty leveled against Jews has, for centuries, been a catalyst for scapegoating and vilifying Jews. It has no legitimate place in our society.
But it’s an effective strategy:
The result of this strategy is that legitimate discussions of Jewish influence and dual loyalty are off limits under pain of being charged with “anti-Semitism.” Foxman’s tactic, very familiar by now, is to argue that somehow the fact that Jews have been charged with dual loyalty and power over governments over the centuries logically implies that any current suggestion of dual loyalty and influence by Jews could not possibly have any empirical basis—that such charges are automatically nothing more than scapegoating. …
The common sense of it is just the opposite: If over the centuries Jewish groups in widely separated times and places have often been seen as influencing governments to pursue policies beneficial to Jews but not necessarily the rest of society and as more loyal to Jews in other societies than to the wider society they live in, the obvious suggestion is that these are real patterns, as indeed they are (see here, p. 38ff on Jews as an influential elite and p. 60ff for the pattern of dual loyalty; it’s interesting that the first examples of both of these “canards” may be found in the Book of Exodus). …
The charge of “age-old anti-Semitic canards” cuts off any rational, empirically based debate before it can start, which is exactly what the ADL wants. The charges themselves are portrayed as nothing but irrational anti-Semitism reflecting a medieval mindset. No need to discuss the evidence. (“The Canard Strategy in Service of War with Iran“)
The canard strategy was also on display in the wake of the financial meltdown:
It’s well known that when the financial meltdown first hit, the ADL was concerned about “a dramatic upsurge” in anti-Jewish messages on Internet discussion boards devoted to finance and the economy in reaction to the huge bailout of Wall Street. The ADL press release is predictable in its attempt to characterize such outbursts as irrational hatred against Jews: Abe Foxman complained darkly that in times of economic downturns, ”The age-old canards … about Jews and money are always just beneath the surface.” (“Jews Embarrassed by Jews: Slumlords — and Goldman Sachs“)
Argumentum ad David Duke.Another strategy is to argue that if David Duke (or Hitler) approves of something, it must be bad.
As with the canard strategy, the result is that there is no need to consider Mearsheimer and Walt’s arguments and the actual evidence, much less consider the truth of what David Duke has to say on the subject.
Taking Donations from Marc Rich. Although Foxman never fails to invoke the moral high ground in rationalizing Jewish interests, he was not above supporting financial criminal Marc Rich in the context of Rich’s $250,000 donation to the ADL. Andrew Joyce has great fun skewering Foxman’s pretensions of moral rectitude when he defended Rich by recounting how the money Rich obtained by defrauding the U.S. government was used to fund Jewish charities like Birthright Israel ($5 million).
In the petition [on behalf of Rich], signed by, among others, Abraham Foxman, it was stated: “Marc Rich has made amends. Over the past twenty years through his foundations he has donated over $100,000,000 to educational, cultural and social welfare programs. … His life has been committed to making the world a better place.”
A better place for who? For Jews. According to the authors of House Report No. 454 (p. 189), almost every cent that Rich donated went to Jewish causes, Jewish politicians, and Jewish organizations. The logic of the petition then is this: Rich defrauded United States taxpayers, 97% of whom are not Jewish, to the tune of over $100 million, and illegally funded a then enemy power [Iran], but because he funneled this illegal cash into the coffers of his own tiny ethnic group he should be free from punishment.
Hyperethnocentric activists like Foxman really can’t even imagine what it’s like to have interests that aren’t the same as Jewish interests.
Jews are not an elite. As noted, in Part 1, Venture capitalist Tom Perkins got in trouble with the ADL for calling attention to the elite status of Jews in pre-WWII Germany. But it’s a recurrent problem. The fallback position is to argue that the fact that Jews are an elite makes no difference. Edmund Connelly wrote that
the Jewish dominance of Hollywood is so obvious and undeniable that Los Angeles Times’ columnist Joel Stein recently announced it. What else can you say when all eight major film studios are run by Jews. And Abe Foxman seems to agree. So I guess it’s okay for us at TOO to say it.
But, according to Foxman, these Hollywood Jewish executives just “happen to be Jewish,” as if the Jewishness of Hollywood really doesn’t make any difference. But of course it does, and the War on Christmas is Exhibit A for that proposition.
There are a great many other examples besides the war on Christmas, including coverage of Israel and how cultural pluralism and anti-Semitism are portrayed. For example,
Perhaps the most important issue Jews and Jewish organizations have championed is cultural pluralism — the idea that the United States ought not to be ethnically and culturally homogeneous. As described in The Culture of Critique, Jewish organizations and Jewish intellectual movements have championed cultural pluralism in many ways, especially as powerful and effective advocates of an open immigration policy. The media have supported this perspective by portraying cultural pluralism almost exclusively in positive terms — that cultural pluralism is easily achieved and is morally superior to a homogeneous Christian culture made up mainly of white non-Jews. Characters who oppose cultural pluralism are portrayed as stupid and bigoted (Lichter et al. 1994, 251), the classic being the Archie Bunker character in Norman Lear’s All in the Family television series. Departures from racial and ethnic harmony are portrayed as entirely the result of white racism (Powers et al. 1996, 173). …
In general, television portrays Jewish issues ‘with respect, relative depth, affection and good intentions, and the Jewish characters who appear in these shows have, without any doubt, been Jewish — often depicted as deeply involved in their Judaism’ (Pearl & Pearl 1999, 5). …
Television presents images of Jewish issues that conform to the views of mainstream Jewish organizations. Television ‘invariably depicts anti-Semitism as an ugly, abhorrent trait that must be fought at every turn’ (p. 103). It is seen as metaphysical and beyond analysis. There is never any rational explanation for anti-Semitism; anti-Semitism is portrayed as an absolute, irrational evil. Positive, well-liked, non-Jewish characters, such as Mary Tyler Moore, often lead the fight against anti-Semitism. …
Regarding Israel, ‘on the whole, popular TV has conveyed the fact that Israel is the Jewish homeland with a strong emotional pull upon Diaspora Jews, that it lives in perpetual danger surrounded by foes, and that as a result of the constant and vital fight for its survival, it often takes extraordinary (sometimes rogue) measures in the fields of security and intelligence’ (Pearl & Pearl 1999, 173). Non-Jews are portrayed ashaving deep admiration and respect for Israel, its heroism and achievements. Israel is seen as a haven for Holocaust survivors, and Christians are sometimes portrayed as having an obligation to Israel because of the Holocaust. (see here, pp. 55–59)
In another article, Connelly touched on Foxman’s role in getting director Oliver Stone to apologize for stating the obvious:
The Wall Street Journal reported this past summer that Stone said that “public opinion was focused on the Holocaust because of ‘Jewish domination of the media.’” Stone also said that the Jews “stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f—– up United States foreign policy for years.” (“Rich Sanchez on Jewish Media Power“)
Stone got off relatively easy, perhaps, as Connelly suggests, because he is part Jewish. After Stone’s grovel (“Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry”), Foxman noted, “I believe he now understands the issues and where he was wrong, and this puts an end to the matter.”
As noted in Part 1, Foxman expressed his displeasure with Pat Buchanan’s column “Are Liberals Anti-WASP?”where Buchanan had the temerity to call attention to Jewish overrepresentation on the U.S. Supreme Court by writing, “If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?” As usual, the thrust of Foxman’s position is to remove any consideration of the actual evidence. In this context, I noted that
Liberals are fond of making arguments that ethnic and religious diversity affect people’s judgments and therefore we should do everything we can to promote diversity. For example, Sonia Sotomayor’s famous “Wise Latina” comment was doubtless a huge asset for her among her liberal supporters. But Foxman is implying that Kagan’s Jewishness will have no influence at all on her judgments and anyone who says otherwise is a rabid anti-Semite.
Foxman also expressed outrage at a rather pathetic attempt by Rush Limbaugh to get liberal Jews to oppose Obama. The ADL quoted Limbaugh as saying,
To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s – if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.
Without discussing actual Jewish power on Wall Street, Foxman resorted to the Canard Strategy:
While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans. His [Limbaugh's] notion that Jews vote based on their religion, rather than on their interests as Americans, plays into the hands of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists. (“What’s Gotten Into Rush Limbaugh?“)
Foxman’s philosophy is that mentioning Jewish identity is just fine if one is referring to Jonas Salk or Albert Einstein (although perhaps not mentioning Einstein’s attitudes bordering on racial Zionism [see here, p.3] to non-Jewish audiences). But Jewish identity should never be mentioned when it plays into negative stereotypes about Jewish behavior.
In December 2008 the astonishing news broke of Bernard Madoff’s immense Ponzi scheme — the biggest in history, apparently, with a notional value approaching $65 Billion.. This was very rapidly followed by loud complaintsby prominent Jewish leaders such as the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxmanand the American Jewish Committee’s David Harris, to the effect that the media coverage of this scandal was facilitating anti-Semitism by repeatedly noting that Madoff is Jewish. (John Graham and Kevin MacDonald, “Is the Madoff Scandal Paradigmatic?“).
The same thing happened when slumlord Menachem Stark was murdered and newspapers highlighted his Jewish identity:
In a letter to the New York Post, the Anti-Defamation League called the Post’s headline “insensitive” and also took issue with the accompanying article for referring to Stark as a “millionaire Hasidic slumlord” in its lead sentence.” In the ADL’s ideal world, the story would be presented without any mention of him being a Jew and certainly without a photo clearly marking him as a Hasid. (“Two Ingroup Morality Items“)
The Cordon Sanitaire: Keeping Discussion of White Interests and Identity out of the Mainstream Media. Pat Buchanan’s appearance on James Edward’s radio show to promote his book, Suicide of a Superpower,received a great deal of media attention, as recounted in a TOO blog post by Edwards who notes “Pat’s unintimidated response to the interviewer’s point that ADL head Abe Foxman condemned the interview: ‘I think there’s an awful lot of smearing being done by the Anti-Defamation League frankly over the years of individuals who simply disagree with them maybe about U.S. policy toward Israel.’”
Among Buchanan’s many sins was to appear on a show where White interests and White identity are taken for granted and seen as entirely legitimate—which of course results in the ADL saying that he “openly affiliated with white supremacists.” (Similarly, George Soros-funded Media Matters was quite upset when CNNquoted Peter Brimelow and James Edwards on immigration-related issues.)
People who have a sense of White identity and White interests must be kept out of the big media at all costs. Blacks and Latinos who identify with their race/ethnic group and seek to advance their interests by, for example, establishing organizations like La Raza and the NAACP are absolutely sane and normal, and the organized Jewish community has established strong connections to these organizations. Jews who fail to strongly identify as Jews and support the organized Jewish community are “self-hating Jews.” But for Foxman and the ADL, Whites who identify as Whites and advocate for White interests are “White supremacists,” while Whites who disavow their racial identity and interests are the epitome of moral rectitude. It’s really a war against White America.
Engaging in Aggressive, Hostile Behavior against National Cultures Despite Possible Blowback. Foxman’s name came up in a discussion of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s quotation of a passage from a Jewish observer that Jewish participation and broad sympathy for the Bolsheviks during and after the Revolution “had astonishingly suicidal overtones.” (Incidentally, the issue of Jewish involvement and support for the Bolsheviks resurfaced in Russia recently when a politician from Vladimir Putin’s party claimed of Jews that “You destroyed our country in 1917 and you destroyed our country in 1991.”)
Foxman has at times seemed aware that advocating massive non-White immigration is dangerous for Jews:
Most famously, Stephen Steinlight has called attention to the danger to Jews of Muslim immigration, and Abe Foxman has agonized about the fact that Latinos are unlikely to be deeply attached to Jewish issues, such as the Holocaust and Israel. Moreover, if the Western media was more attuned to White interests, knowledge of Jewish promotion of non-White immigration would doubtless lead to anti-Jewish attitudes.
Thus, despite the relatively mild, politically weak anti-Jewish attitudes that have occurred in the U.S. historically (and no violence to speak of), Foxman and the rest of the organized Jewish community continue to push ahead with the project of dispossessing the historical American nation. Indeed, Foxman is (correctly) implying that White Christians are relatively “user friendly” to Jews because of their proneness to guilt over issues such as the holocaust and to Israel (e.g., Christian Zionists).
Similarly in Europe, anti-Jewish attitudes and behavior stem overwhelmingly from the Muslim community, but this has not dampened the enthusiasm of the organized Jewish community for multiculturalism and continued displacement-level immigration by Muslims (see Geert Wilders’ Unrequited Love“). AnotherTOO article noted that the ADL and liberal American Jews “are as one when it comes to supporting Muslims as part of the non-White coalition. Here’s Abe Foxman cataloging all the ways that the ADL supports the political and cultural aims of Muslims in America. The only difference between liberal Jews and the ADL is that the ADL can’t find any fault with Israel” (“Jewish liberals and Israel: Managing the enemy“).
Foxman’s solution is to support non-White minorities and hope to make alliances with them. Foxman:
In general today, one of the long-term challenges for the American Jewish community is evident in demographic forecasts that predict that in two or three decades, certain minority groups are expected to become a majority in the United States. A recent ADL poll showed that 12 percent of Americans hold anti-Semitic views — but among African-Americans, the figure is 28 percent, and among foreign-born Hispanics it is 35 percent.
“If 20 years from now the largest caucus in Congress is Hispanic, they will have a great deal to say about where foreign aid goes,” says [ADL head Abraham] Foxman. “On church-state issues and all kinds of social issues — some of which impact directly on the Jewish community and some indirectly — they will have a great influence. We are working on it now, so as they become the majority force, there is a sensitivity, a relationship. It’s a major challenge.”
Is this a rational strategy?
The fact that Jews are doomed to follow their gut hostility about Europeans and their culture doesn’t mean that they aren’t making rational calculations about the future. Foxman’s comments indicate what is doubtless the mainstream Jewish attitude about a non-White future: It presents problems, but the problems are manageable if the organized Jewish community makes alliances with the looming non-White majority. (“The ADL: Managing White Rage“)
This looming non-White majority is coalescing in the Democratic Party which is also the party of around 70–80% of Jewish voters — an aspect of theracialization of American politics given that landslide percentages of Whites are voting Republican, often against their economic interests (e.g., working class Whites) and their ethnic interests given the Republicans pathetic record on immigration.
America Hates Jews. A recent letter by Foxman on the continued incarceration of Jonathan Pollard after 28 years illustrates his mindset that America sees Jews as disloyal:
In effect, the continuing imprisonment of this person long after he should have been paroled on humanitarian grounds can only be read as an effort to intimidate American Jews. And, it is an intimidation that can only be based on an anti-Semitic stereotype about the Jewish community, one that we have seen confirmed in our public opinion polls over the years, the belief that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, the United States.
In other words, the underlying concept which fuels the ongoing Pollard incarceration is the notion that he is only the tip of the iceberg in the community. So Pollard stays in prison as a message to American Jews: don’t even think about doing what he did.
Foxman doesn’t provide any evidence for this conjecture, and of course he leaves out the fact that a great many Jews have in fact been investigated for espionage on behalf of Israel, with precious few convictions. Pollard is definitely an anomaly.
We should not, therefore, be surprised that at least some American Jews may be more loyal to Israel than to the United States. Unlike the German-Americans who assimilated to America, Israel remains a powerful source of identity for the great majority of American Jews. Chi Mak, the Chinese spy who was sentenced to 24 years in prison for sending information on military technology to the Chinese, has as his counterparts Jonathan Pollardand Ben-Ami Kadish, convicted of spying on behalf of Israel.
Besides Pollard and Kadish, there is a bumper crop of neoconservatives who have been credibly accused of spying for Israel: Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Bryen, Douglas Feith, and Michael Ledeen.
None of the neocons were convicted, and now we have the AIPAC espionage trial in which former AIPAC employees Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman have been accused of providing information to Israeli Embassy employees. Jewish Congresswoman Jane Harman has allegedly been caught agreeing to “waddle in” to help get the charges against Rosen and Weissman reduced.
As part of her defense in the media, Harman pointedly noted that “anyone I might have talked to was an American citizen, and these were conversations that took place in the United States.”
This is the multicultural defense par excellence. Harman was talking to an American about the business of AIPAC, an American organization that has not been required to register as an agent of a foreign government. What could possibly be wrong with that?
Pollard may indeed be rotting in prison because of resentment by the American intelligence community. But quite clearly, there are a lot more American Jews who should have been prosecuted for espionage than actually have been. Foxman should be happy about that.
We shouldn’t expect that an activist organization like the ADL, any more than the SPLC, would be even-handed and prone to rigorous attempts to uncover the truth. Avoiding the facts and spinning the truth are what they do.
Still, the ability of Foxman and his ilk to shut down debate by tactics such as the Canard Strategy and by always claiming the moral high ground on issues such as Israel despite glaring hypocrisy is breathtaking and a good indication of Jewish power. In general, these tactics have been successful. Everyone in politics or the media understands this reality or, like Rick Sanchez, they find themselves out of a job. As Joe Sobran noted some time ago, “survival in public life requires that you know all about it, but never refer to it. A hypocritical etiquette forces us to pretend that the Jews are powerless victims; and if you don’t respect their victimhood, they’ll destroy you. It’s a phenomenal display not of wickedness, really, but of fierce ethnocentrism, a sort of furtive racial superpatriotism.”
I rather doubt that whoever replaces Foxman will be any different. These tactics will continue at least until they are ineffective. And that could happen. Right now we are seeing that Jewish power is increasingly unable to spin the image of Israel as a democratic country dedicated to human rights, and this is forcing real changes. AIPAC has a new position for outreach to progressive Jews, and a letter pressuring Netanyahu to agree to a two-state solution was signed by a wide range of American Jews, including “Israel right-or-wrong” Alan Dershowitz (Philip Weiss, “Liberal Zionists and rightwingers shed differences in effort to save the Jewish state“).
These changes are ultimately a response to the real power of their opponents such as the BDS movement. The lesson is that until White America starts to push back against its dispossession, we will continue to be victimized by the ADL and similar organizations such as the SPLC.