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In tour for 16 college leaders, ADL says occupied East Jerusalem is Israel

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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…

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  1. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    August 22, 2013, 10:25 am

    The ADL is basically a hate group (unless, of course, Jews are victims and not perpetrators of the hate.) Why would anyone be surprised?

  2. seafoid
    August 22, 2013, 11:21 am

    They might as well wind up the anti defamation league. I don’t imagine Stonewall or any feminust orgs willfollow it and end up as an advocate of human rights abuses.

    • James Canning
      James Canning
      August 22, 2013, 6:31 pm

      Good idea. And how peculiar, that the most powerful group in America has so many organisations to promote the power of that group. And the interests of that powerful group.

  3. mondonut
    August 22, 2013, 11:37 am

    And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

    • Hostage
      August 22, 2013, 9:07 pm

      And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

      Like Generalissimo Franco, the ADL lies even when the truth would serve it much better, just to stay in practice, e.g.
      *Generalissimo Franco Says Spain Has Never Been Anti-Semitic

      The ADL is fond of telling Palestinians that the status of territory they want can only be decided through negotiations. Well that’s a two-way street. The Jewish Virtual Library even documents the fact that the US State Department explained to the government of Israel that, in a de jure sense, Jerusalem was part of Palestine and has not subsequently become part of any other sovereignty.

      Keep in mind the fact that both the international courts, and the US federal courts, ruled that mandate Palestine was a State. The US Courts even ruled that the federal government had formally recognized the mandated state of Palestine in a case brought by a Zionist against the Secretary of State in the 1950s. See “Kletter v. Dulles, Secretary of State”, the United States District Court District Of Columbia (1953) link to

      Despite the fact that the ADL and a host of Jewish and Zionist organizations have researched all of that legal history, when they filed amicus briefs for the petitioner in Zivotofsky v. Clinton over the status of Jerusalem, Abe Foxman is still inventing a false history in which Palestine didn’t exist and its entry on a US Passport is merely an insult to the Jews, e.g.: See “Overturn the U.S. court decision: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital”: The U.S.’s refusal to allow those of its citizens born in Jerusalem to request ‘Israel’ as their birthplace is discriminatory, reprehensible, even offensive.

  4. yrn
    August 22, 2013, 11:52 am

    That’s horrible News, even worse then the News coming in from Syria , that shhhh….. not a word here.

    • seafoid
      August 22, 2013, 5:31 pm

      I remember Mondo back in 1944 when someone brought up the Shoah and some German posters pointed out that Stalin’s purges of the kulaks were twice as big. But “look over there at that brutality’ is so important to the bot footsoldier, innit?

    • Hostage
      August 22, 2013, 8:37 pm

      That’s horrible News, even worse then the News coming in from Syria , that shhhh….. not a word here.

      Geez, you’re just about the only person here who hasn’t written an article on that subject. Some of us here actually do read the articles before making comments about them:

      *We cannot fix the national problems of Syria
      *Mainstream turns against intervention, this time (Tom Friedman has spoken)
      *Syria: No to intervention, no to illusions
      *Yes, what about Syria?
      *Military intervention in Syria will only make life worse for Palestinian refugees
      *Mixed messages from Syrian National Council on U.S., Israel
      *Israel stirs the pot in Syria
      *Shrewdly positioned as Syrian interventionist, Samantha Power has neocon backing
      *Syria watch

      • Walid
        August 23, 2013, 2:55 am

        “not a word here” is surely an overstatement by yrn, but about 9 articles, half of those directly or indirectly related to Israel issues, over a 12-month period that involve 100,000 dead and 5 million displaced persons is not really a river of knowledge on what’s been happening in Syria since 2 years. Compared to the neverending writings on the 1400 dead of Cast Lead and of the Lebanon war, minimal talk of the 100,000 dead Syrians is almost a “shhh”.

      • annie
        August 26, 2013, 1:08 am

        walid, part of the reason is that we (staff) are not all in the same certainty wrt syria. there have been times i have written about it and we got a TON of negative feedback from the pro opposition crowd to stfu. i can’t always write about topics from my perspective here if they are deemed too controversial, (for example the bombings in lebanon right now) so i might spend hours on a draft and not have it published. part of this is it would require my editors to fact check everything. sometimes there’s a lot of behind the scenes dialogue/disagreement about what goes up. there’s also a responsibility to be factual and not all analysis makes it to the front page. needless to say this can be quite frustrating at times, especially if i’ve spent a lot of time preparing an article.

        so, it is not a shh, it could just mean there’s not enough certainty. and sometimes some people who post are given more leeway on analysis than others.

      • yrn
        August 26, 2013, 3:43 am

        “i have written about it and we got a TON of negative feedback from the pro opposition crowd to stfu.”

        Wow read Taxi response to STFU
        What are they going to do to you……….. send Asad to you, spread Gas in MW, what’s the use of this blog if you are afraid of responses, beyond spewing Israel.
        So it’s the easy way, we wont discuss it, as it is not too important that 100,000 are mascaraed by the butcher ASAD the hero of this site Taxi, that I did not see a word from you answering her supporting the butcher ASAD comments, but you decide to ignore, as you get tons of bad response…..

        You prefer not to deal with Syria, as you have nothing to say.
        which proves your hypocrisy, you who claim to be humanist, sit and watch the biggest cleansing of the century, and shhhhhhh but you open a big mouth on the stupid ITEM regarding the tour.
        a kill is a kill but not in MW.

        As you cannot spew Israel, you have nothing to say, for you killing people is an issue of interest, dose it serve our position against Israel.
        If not…. shhhhhhhhhh
        you are pathetic, keep on deleting my comments as they are for the moderator to read and see his real face, I hope once when you kids ask you, what have you done to stop the killing in Syria,
        You will say, we spewed Israel, that was our Answer.

      • annie
        August 26, 2013, 4:01 am

        yrn, perhaps you are misunderstanding my meaning. there are multiple misconceptions in your comment, it is hard to know where to begin. first of all, all the deaths in syria cannot be attributed to one side, the recent massacre cannot be attributed to one side. there is not certainty there, but this is not a zero sum game.

        second, it is not that i have not written, or cannot write, it is what the site will publish..and that is not primarily about what we can and cannot discuss here in the comments as your comment implies. the comments are a very small part of our reach. moving from news to analysis is different and when i offer my analysis i represent the site. and there is no clear determined site position on events in syria. but believe me, i do have an opinion.

        tell me, what site do you like to go to to discuss syria? can you recommend one with a good comment section? there are other sites to discuss syria.

      • Djinn
        August 26, 2013, 8:49 am

        And your answer will be ‘absolutely nothing except cynically using it to deflect attention from the crimes of another nation that was my answer’

        Nobody believes your crocodile tears for Syrians. You’re pathetic.

      • yrn
        August 27, 2013, 2:21 am


        I am not playing the humanist liberal peace activist human carrying bull, as all of this site dose.

        You don’t care a s**t about humans, all you care is to satisfy your hate to Israel.

    • talknic
      August 22, 2013, 11:45 pm

      yrn arrives and oblivious dives head first into elephant sh*te

  5. Citizen
    August 22, 2013, 12:30 pm

    When will the good guys use the same self-labeling device the Zionists do when they label their organizations? Either make them universal-sounding, e.g., ADL, or seemingly an all-American organization, e.g., AIPAC? There’s a myriad of such organizations with seemingly universal agenda and/or American agenda–all of them masks for Zionist agenda.
    Dick and Jane have no clue.

    • seanmcbride
      August 22, 2013, 12:54 pm


      When will the good guys use the same self-labeling device the Zionists do when they label their organizations? Either make them universal-sounding, e.g., ADL, or seemingly an all-American organization, e.g., AIPAC? There’s a myriad of such organizations with seemingly universal agenda and/or American agenda–all of them masks for Zionist agenda.

      Dick and Jane have no clue.

      As remarked before, the Israel lobby has mastered the art and science of public relations, propaganda and psychological warfare to perfection — that is why it has consistently rolled over the opposition with the greatest of ease — and continues to do so. Most Americans are simpletons in this arena — babes in the woods.

      William Kristol slipped up when he named one these propaganda arms as Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) — vague feel-good names like Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), Center for Security Policy (CSP) and the Hudson Institute are much more effective (and effectively misleading). Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) was another mistake — and Colin Powell used it to assign blame for the Iraq War.

      Also, good guys tend to accurately label themselves and their agendas — they are intellectually honest — not scam artists.

    • Daniel Rich
      Daniel Rich
      August 22, 2013, 8:41 pm

      @ Citizen,

      In the grand scheme of things, this might be of interest [aka ‘If we refuse to understand and learn from our past, our future will be doomed.’]:

      “Special Agent in Charge Sears opinion that some ADL reports of anti-Semitism and undercover investigations “not worth anything….(rumor) for political purposes. “Sears glad-hands them and personally reviews their complaints and is not worried about their indirect complaint—that’s the way they keep themselves important.”

      On November 15, 1943 SAC Drayton complains to the FBI director about insistent requests his FBI field office participate in an ADL meeting. “I am writing to the Bureau because I cannot understand the reason for the insistence of the Anti Defamation League that a representative of this Bureau address this group. However, I feel that there is some ulterior motive which influences them to be so insistent. In any event, no representative of this office will address this meeting.”


      That was 70 years ago…

      It is not what you say, it is what you do…

  6. Abdul-Rahman
    August 22, 2013, 6:01 pm

    United Nations Security Council Resolution 478

    “United Nations Security Council Resolution 478, adopted on 20 August 1980, is one of seven UNSC resolutions condemning Israel’s attempted annexation of East Jerusalem.”

    Max Hommeyer babbling debunked Zionist mythology still “returning to their territorial homeland”. Johns Hopkins University geneticist Dr. Eran Elhaik ( has shown otherwise (working with his friend and colleague Professor Shlomo Sand

    “‘The various groups of Jews in the world today do not share a common genetic origin. We are talking here about groups that are very heterogeneous and which are connected solely by religion.’

    The bottom line, he (Dr. Eran Elhaik) claims, is that the ‘genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient peoples and its origin is largely Khazar.’

    ‘The majority of Jews do not have the Middle Eastern genetic component in the quantity we would expect to find if they were descendants of the Jews of antiquity.'”

    From: Haaretz “The Jewish People’s Ultimate Treasure Hunt” on December 28, 2012 by Ofer Aderet. A copy of the original Haaretz article not behind a paywall

    And as for “yrn”, it seems these past articles may have been written specifically for people (propagandists) just like you: “The (what about) China syndrome” by Tom Suarez
    The China-Darfur distraction” by David Samel

    Excerpt: “We don’t send hundreds of billions of American tax dollars to the North Koreans so that they can drop or shoot white phosphorus onto schools and hospitals, where kids like the one at the upper left have to end up dead or looking like him.”

  7. James Canning
    James Canning
    August 22, 2013, 6:28 pm

    ADL is mistaken. What a surprise. East Jerusalem is not part of Israel.

  8. Krauss
    August 23, 2013, 1:44 am

    Of course they selected the token black Jew who is a right-winger in order to fit in(he’s the kind of person who kicks downwards on people with an even weaker standing to please the white Jewish establishment), just like Stand by Us can’t get over the fact that Miss Israel is black(which is not bad, btw) meanwhile they don’t give a crap about the vast majority of black Jews and let’s not even talk about non-Jewish blacks who get told they are a “cancerous tumor” before they’re deported.

    Still, do people listen to these ‘campus leaders’?
    Most people who got involved in ‘leadership positions’ in my high school and now in College don’t really have any influence at all. If I were to ask the people in any of my classes about recent initiatives, the vast majority would say they have no clue. In many ways the people with the highest GPA’s would be even more disinterested since they have more important things to focus on.

    Also, for these campus leaders, getting a free trip abroad is not a bad deal with paid food, roof under your head and getting guided tours. It’s like a free vacation for them.
    But didn’t a recent report come out that essentially slammed these kinds of program as wasting cash?

    I guess ADL needs something to spend that donor cash upon.
    They can’t fool anyone any longer that a mass pogrom is just around the corner.
    So this’ll do. Then they wonder why their donations are dropping and blame intermarriage.

    • seafoid
      August 26, 2013, 2:34 am

      A big pogrom to free up some space in erez israel would set a very bad precedent. Israel is an enclave surrounded by co religionists of the target victims. Pogrom logic would hang over it forever.

  9. Talkback
    August 23, 2013, 3:29 am

    “In tour for 16 college leaders, ADL says occupied East Jerusalem is Israel”

    Will this be part of their “reeducation” program?

  10. just
    August 23, 2013, 7:26 am

    Ironic that the ADL defames itself by LYING.

    Occupied East Jerusalem is Israel in their collective heads only. Was there a Palestinian/Arab ‘token’ invited on the trip to Fantasy Land?

    ADL should stand for Arab Defamation League.

  11. August 23, 2013, 9:57 am

    Speaking of the PR – yesterday 4 rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel. One rocket was intercepted but one was not and caused damage in civilian area? Did you read or hear about this in any of the media channels?
    During the night Israel attacked in Lebanon in retaliation – so now everyone and his mom announces this, relegating the info on the missile attack WHICH WAS THE REASON for the Israeli strike to the back of the report and sometimes forgetting to mention it at all.

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