ADL’s Greenblatt compares left-wing anti-Semitism to climate change

WASHINGTON – Jonathan Greenblatt, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Tuesday that, unlike virtually every other issue in American life, anti-Semitism knows no partisan boundaries. “You have to fight aggressively whether it comes from the right or the left.

Speaking in the ADL’s annual “State of Hate” remarks, during the closing plenary session of the ADL Never is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate, Greenblatt said that anti-Semitism must be confronted “even if it means confronting old men. friends and allies “.

He said ADL has identified more than 50 people involved in the January 6 attack, “who have direct ties to far-right groups.”

“As we saw on January 6 and in Pittsburgh three years ago and as our Center for Extremism tracks daily, these threats on the right are Category 5 hurricanes that hit us, threatening to bring immediate violence and overwhelming damage,” he said. . . “Faced with this, we need to defend ourselves and work to fight it aggressively.”

“At the same time, we must also deal with the escalation of anti-Semitism on the left that could be compared to climate change,” Greenblatt continued. “Slowly but surely, the temperature is increasing. Sure, there are occasional storms, but too often people choose to ignore the signs and deny that there is a pattern, that something is changing. “

Demonstrators take part in protests in front of a meeting of the National Executive of the Labor Party of Great Britain to discuss the party’s definition of anti-Semitism, in London on September 4, 2018 (credit: REUTERS / HENRY NICHOLLS)

But by all measures, the metaphorical temperature is rising, conditions are worsening, and this situation threatens to change life as we know it, Greenblatt said. “What is being imposed is, at worst, the belief that all Jews are oppressors, part of a white establishment that has exploited racial and ethnic minorities for generations.”

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism,” he added. “Denying the right of Jews, the only ones among the world’s people, to have a homeland is anti-Semitism. Pointing to the Jewish state for condemnation while ignoring others is a despicable expression of prejudice. And unfortunately, these positions seem to be getting more and more popular. “

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