ADL misrepresents Israel’s map to delegation it leads of 19 Latino leaders

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In reaching out to potential new sources of support for Israel in the United States, the Anti-Defamation League took a group of 19 “influential” Latino leaders to Israel and the occupied territories in late November.

But the trip seriously misrepresented the political landscape:

The Latino leaders visited key Christian and Jewish holy sites and traveled to various parts of the country, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. They also met with ordinary Israelis living in the south of the country who are regularly victimized by indiscriminate rocket fire from terrorists in Gaza, and traveled along the security fence that separates Israel and the West Bank.

Note the photo indicating that the Golan Heights is part of Israel. Also, note the reference to Jerusalem (evidently all of it) being part of Israel. And then there’s the inaccurate reference to the “security fence” as separating Israel and the West Bank when most of it runs well inside the West Bank. As anyone who has visited the West Bank and East Jerusalem and seen the wall knows, this is a flagrant misrepresentation of reality to American visitors.

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  1. Bill in Maryland
    December 11, 2012, 12:05 pm

    One possible motivation for the ADL to spend its dollars brainwashing educating Hispanic leaders (from Haaretz): ” The Israel Project: ‘American Hispanics are the most hostile toward Israel’”

  2. HarryLaw
    December 11, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Security Council Resolution 497 [December 1981] declared that that the acquisition of territory by force was inadmissible and that Israel’s decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Golan Heights is null and void and without legal effect. This use of force to acquire land also of course applies to the whole of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

  3. Denis
    December 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Check your letter-box, Abe’s year-end donation solicitation has been sent out. It’s a 4-page doosey and highlights the wonderful things ADL is doing to build bridges with the Latinos — including this hasbara junket. Copy at logophere:

    Once again, Abe’s favorite story of how being hidden by a Polish Catholic nanny during the Shoah until his folks could pick him up has motivated him 1) to insure the Catholics clean up their act and 2) to shed light on actions of the Catholic Church during the Shoah. Not sure there isn’t an element of non sequitur or bite-the-hand-that-saves-you here.

  4. yourstruly
    December 11, 2012, 2:08 pm

    ADL = Anti-Democratic League? and just think, once upon a time it was in the forefront of the civil rights movement

    • ToivoS
      December 11, 2012, 6:59 pm

      once upon a time it was in the forefront of the civil rights movement

      I still thought of them in those terms as recently as when the Walt & Mearsheimer article came out. I wrote a very polite letter to Foxman at that time asking how he could he accuse them of antisemitism, that such “defamations” would only stifle honest debate on the IP issue. I can’t believe how naive I was then.

    • braciole
      December 11, 2012, 8:49 pm

      Perhaps ADL = All Damned Liars

  5. eGuard
    December 11, 2012, 4:07 pm

    ADL. Any record of what they did in the 1930’s?

  6. amigo
    December 11, 2012, 5:08 pm

    It is good that Israel has to spend so much money peddling it,s propaganda to anyone sufficiently comotose to heed it.

    Keep it up guys.Soon you can get “Propaganda Aid “from uncle Sam.

    Only one pre-condition You have to spend it all in the USA.

  7. Kathleen
    December 11, 2012, 10:35 pm

    “flagrant misrepresentation” just business as usual for Israeli government officials

  8. Taxi
    December 11, 2012, 10:42 pm


    Why do you use the word “misrepresents”?

    Why don’t you call it what it is: lies, lies and more damned lies. All willfully aimed at covering up past war crimes and crimes against humanity – as well as covering up future gross levels of violence against unarmed civilians.

    Why don’t you call Foxman what he clearly is: a liar? An aider and abettor of mass crimes.

    mis·rep·re·sent (ms-rpr-znt)
    1. To give an incorrect or misleading representation of.
    2. To serve incorrectly or dishonestly as an official representative of.

    The word “incorrect” in the above context denotes the possibility of an innocent mistake. But there is NO MISTAKING the intent behind Foxman’s literature.

    Why not use the word ‘lie’ when it’s apt. The word ‘lie’ has only one meaning: WILLFUL INTENTION TO MISLEAD AND SCAM.

    That’s what Foxman is doing 24hrs per day – day after day, year after year, decade after decade.

    Enough PC!!

    These lies are causing millions of people misery, homelessness and death! It’s the wordsmiths’ moral duty to SAY IT LIKE IT IS.

  9. talknic
    December 11, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Lying for Israel is par for the course, even though lying is against the very basic tenets of Judaism. Remind me again, why do they call it the Jewish State?

  10. seafoid
    December 12, 2012, 12:57 am

    When the truth about the Israel machine is finally revealed to Main Street many people will be shocked to.learn that the ADL is actually a front for the promotion of apartheid.

  11. seafoid
    December 12, 2012, 1:05 am

    In a parallel universe the adl hosted 19 teaching union leaders on a tour of Israel. Historically the teaching unions have worked for better pay and conditions for their members but 2 days with the Jews in hebron convinced them that yesha is more important than their own miserable interests. At a time of rising economic insecurity only zionism can bring peace of mind to america.

  12. HarryLaw
    December 12, 2012, 8:04 am

    In my opinion the word Phil Weiss used “misrepresentation” was correct, this refers to a false statement of fact made by one party to another, on the other hand to “mislead” is to cast doubt as to whether it is false.

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