Against Anti-Defamation League
8 August 2002
Join Human and Civil Rights activists and groups to Protest the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and to spread the word all around.
Demonstration to demand that ADL respect freedom of speech and expression
and cease targeting human rights advocates
In front of the ADL's office at 345 Whitney Avenue in New Haven
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 12 Noon
The Anti-Defamation League frequently engages in attacking conscienscious
Jews, Christians, Muslims and others for taking a stance for human
rights and equality if they speak out against Israeli violations
of human rights. The ADL seems unable or unwilling to distinguish
criticism of Israeli violations of human rights (which we consider
legitimate) from generalizations about Judaism or Jews. In their
attacks on any group or individual criticizing the action of the
Israeli regime, the ADL identifies itself with the actions that
they supposedly fight against (bigotry, racism, prejudice, hate).
The Middle East Crisis Committee, The Palestine Right to Return
Coalition (Al-Awda-CT), Connecticut Peace Coalition / New Haven,
Citizens for Fair Legislation, American Muslim Alliance-CT, Connecticut
chapter of the Council for the National Interest, American Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee-CT chapter, Women in Black of Greater
Hartford (list in formation, contact us to add your group)
of ADL's misguided attacks:
2002 ADL attacks Tunxis Community
College staff for including two critics of Israeli policies in a
program at Manchester Community College. The ADL falsely describes
as "two of the most virulent anti-Israel activists in the state
2002 - ADL demands the Governor
deny funds to New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas
because a play by Palestine's only theater group was included. ADL
pushes for post play discussions (an unprecedented action following
2002 - ADL demands that seminar
on Islam at Tunxis Community College be reviewed because it might
be critical of Israel. Real reason: organizer of seminar had given
eyewitness account of Israeli brutality in an interview to the New
2002 - ADL demands a teacher
training seminar at Central Connecticut State include a "pro-Israel"
speaker. According to the Jewish Ledger, "Jewish leaders"
mobilized activists. Singled out for mention is Dr. Norton Mezvinsky,
a CCSU history professor "known for his anti-Zionist views."
Mezvinsky did in fact edit a book called "Anti-Zionism",
a criticism of Jewish superiority laws in Israel. He also happens
to be Jewish, has visited Israel many times and is an expert on
Jewish religious extremists
2002 - ADL interferes in
planned talk in Waterbury by Fred Shlomka of the Israeli Committee
Against Home Demolitions demanding other speakers.
In all these cases, this constitutes unwarrented interference in
freedom of expression and clear deviation from ADL's stated goals
of working against hate and Anti-Judaism ("Anti-Semitism").
As ADL targets semitic people (Palestinian and other Arab Americans)
and spreads misinformation about them, ADL becomes guilty of the
same crime it supposedly targets.
Join us to demand that ADL:
- stop targeting critics of Israeli regime
- stop attacking Academic Freedom
- stop Defamation of supporters of Palestinian Human Rights