ADL fights hate of all kinds
Gerard Leval’s blunderbuss attack on ADL and it’s leader Jonathan Greenblatt grossly misstates the facts (“Did Whoopi Goldberg take a page from the ADL?” Opinion, Feb. 10). To focus on just one claim: ADL’s principal mission today as it has been for 108 years is combatting antisemitism and the protection of the Jewish people. A Google search or visit to ADL’s website would show that ADL remains a leader in efforts to fight antisemitism, from education to training to fighting extremism on the right and left.
ADL was cited in the aftermath of the Colleyville hostage crisis as a leader in security training for Jewish institutions. ADL’s mission has not changed. From the beginning it has been to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to promote justice and fair treatment to all.”
In the best tradition of Hillel, ADL long has recognized that antisemites often are racists and other kinds of haters, and vice versa. Thus, it is in all of our interests to fight hate of all kinds. This is nothing new for Jews or for ADL.
The writer is a member of the
ADL National Board of Directors.