ADL campus leaders
Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League brought 16 college leaders from a diverse set of campuses to Israel for “the experience of a lifetime” — to learn about Israel’s “vibrant society” and about “the strategic and social challenges facing Israel today.” The students are shown above in New York, before leaving.
It turns out the ADL has an expansive view of Israel. The students were repeatedly told that East Jerusalem is in Israel:
On Wednesday, our group arrived in Israel after a long but exciting flight to Israel…. Immediately after arriving, we drove to a scenic spot on the Mount of Olives and listened to an overview about the city of Jerusalem.
There Max Hommeyer from Bucknell University reflected that “the fundamental idea of returning to their territorial homeland has undoubtedly led to a Jewish society with bonds stronger than blood or kin.”
They also met up with Yossi Klein Halevi, who lives in a colony in occupied East Jerusalem.
One student had his “home visit” in Ramot, in occupied Jerusalem:
Shawn Matson from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee described his home visit… “Being in Israel doesn’t get any better than spending time with Israelis, in their homes.”
It does not appear that the students were told anything about Palestine. They were exposed to rightwing views of an Ethiopian Israeli…