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Foxman and the vice president at ADL centennial gala last week

Foxman and the vice president at ADL centennial gala in November

Ten days ago, Tablet called for the release of Jonathan Pollard, who spied on the U.S. for Israel, after 27 years in prison and said that his continued imprisonment reflects anti-Semitism, inasmuch as the government is imputing dual loyalty to all American Jews.

Abe Foxman agrees. The 73-year-old leader of the Anti-Defamation League published a response, January 16, saying that he has reversed his earlier view that the government’s case was not anti-Semitic. No, it’s a “vendetta” against Jews to “intimidate” them and communicate that they are more loyal to Israel than the U.S. Excerpt:

I am not one to equate what Pollard did, to betray his country, to the recent revelations that the United States has been spying on top Israeli leaders. Here too, however, these revelations add further context to the absurdity of the ongoing vendetta against this one man.

Yes, I use that word because that’s what it seems like at this point. If it were only a vendetta against one individual it would be bad enough. But it has now become one against the American Jewish community.
In effect, the continuing imprisonment of this person long after he should have been paroled on humanitarian grounds can only be read as an effort to intimidate American Jews. And, it is an intimidation that can only be based on an anti-Semitic stereotype about the Jewish community, one that we have seen confirmed in our public opinion polls over the years, the belief that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, the United States.

In other words, the underlying concept which fuels the ongoing Pollard incarceration is the notion that he is only the tip of the iceberg in the community. So Pollard stays in prison as a message to American Jews: don’t even think about doing what he did.

I come to this conclusion with much sorrow and, as noted, as someone who resisted efforts early on to connect the Pollard affair to anti-Semitism.  It is harder and harder to do so any longer.

I’d only point out that this is a man who is regularly invited to the White House to confer with Obama about our Iran policy, and then slams the president publicly in what his organization describes as “a series of media interviews in Israel.” Then he had a gala at which he slammed the US government even as Vice President Biden was hugging him. That access reflects the power of the lobby, and Foxman’s claims about Jewish persecution bespeak some degree of entitlement, or nuttiness. I wonder how Obama gets through those meetings.

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 28, 2014, 10:27 am

    Foxman is so full of s$it at this stage.

    You won’t let a traitor out because you hate Jews
    You talk about the destruction of the Ukrainian kulak population because you hate Jews. If you didn’t you would only talk about the Shoah.
    You support human rights for Palestinians because you hate Jews.

    I don’t give a rat’s ass about Panamanians and whether or not they feel okay. Most of them are probably doing okay. I trust them to manage their own affairs. why do we have to bring everything else back to Foxman and the working class Jews he doesn’t care about ? why doesn’t he act to steer Israeli spending away from the IDF so the next time there’s a carmel fire they have enough helicopters ? Does he ever lobby for better childcare in Orthodox areas or social care for elderly Shoah survivors ? Why are Israeli maths scores so poor? Why do the rabbis have such a hold over whether or not poor women can divorce ? Does Foxman care about any of that ?

    No, it’s always Abe the paranoid Jewish wife with his “if you say my ass looks big in this white skirt it means you hate all Jews”

    Please leave the stage , Abe. The joke isn’t funny any more

    • January 28, 2014, 11:38 am

      Let’s jail Foxman for a while.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 28, 2014, 12:44 pm

        I bet he will die a broken man

    • Jack Holland
      Jack Holland
      January 30, 2014, 1:57 am

      Abe Foxman is the overrated. When Abe rises out of bed in the morning, he looks in the mirror and says, “I am G-d’s chosen people.” Abe simply doesn’t understand that the word “people” is plural and not every Jew is bigoted and racist as he.

  2. piotr
    piotr
    January 28, 2014, 10:39 am

    I am all for clemency and not keeping people in prison for more than 15 years barring clearly dangerous individuals, but the arguments raised by Foxman are weird indeed:

    So Pollard stays in prison as a message to American Jews: don’t even think about doing what he did.

    I come to this conclusion with much sorrow

    So American Jews should think about doing what Pollard did?

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      January 28, 2014, 12:47 pm

      They got Pollard. They didn’t get Sharon.

      In the round it’s a fair cross subsidy between their sons of bitches.

    • Rusty Pipes
      Rusty Pipes
      January 28, 2014, 1:08 pm

      Hmm: “don’t even think about doing what he did.” So, are the recruitment stats for sayonim down or is Foxman nervous that what happened to Rosen might happen to him? Considering the ADL’s history of spying on activists (and passing along info to Apartheid South Africa), the organization has no moral standing to be accusing others about spying.

  3. amigo
    amigo
    January 28, 2014, 10:43 am

    “So Pollard stays in prison as a message to American Jews: don’t even think about doing what he did.”abe

    So thousands of Palestinians stay in Israeli dungeons as a message to Palestinians : Don,t even think about protesting or looking crooked at a Jew.

    Would someone stop the planet and kick this […] off.

  4. Felipe
    Felipe
    January 28, 2014, 10:45 am

    Talk about cynicism and reaching the absurd limits of self-victimization. Abe Foxman and his ilk are absolutely shameless about exploiting the anti-semitism card to force the American government into releasing this convicted criminal so he can be hailed as a hero by Israel and American jewish neocons. Had Pollard been an Arab American spying for an arab country, Foxman would undoubtably be all for keeping him in jail to serve as an “example” of the consequences facing potential perpetrators of anti-american activities within the US government. All of this of course while the Israel lobby, of which Foxman is one of its most influential representatives, exercises near absolute control in American foreign policy on matters related to the Israel/palestine issue.

    It truly makes me sick.

    • amigo
      amigo
      January 28, 2014, 11:07 am

      “Had Pollard been an Arab American spying for an arab country, Foxman would undoubtably be all for keeping him in jail”Felipe

      Not so Felipe.He would be calling for the Death Penalty as it would be anti semitic not to rid the world of an enemy of all Jews.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      January 28, 2014, 11:52 am

      Foxman is a complete and utter scumbag . He is a fraud.

      Look at what he tells the Ukrainians who want to draw attention to the suffering of their people under Stalin

      The Ukraine is a peripheral region of Europe that has been very hard by the fallout of the financial crisis. Many Ukrainian families have been pauperized. Goldman Sachs hasn’t. Foxman works for Wall St and for the 17 Israeli oligarchs, not for anyone else.

      It is so dangerous. and when Ukrainians start joining the dots Foxman will say they are inherently anti-Semitic.

      • Krauss
        Krauss
        January 28, 2014, 1:07 pm

        I’m glad you brought that up, seafoid.

        Foxman isn’t a liberal, he’s an ethno-nationalist.
        And in fact worse than that, he’s and out-and-out racist.

        He feels that you cannot speak about many millions Ukrainains butchered under WWII and then Stalin because he fears it would mean that the Jewish Holocaust would somehow be less “exceptional”.

        Actually, genocide is genocide. Whether against Armenians, Ukrainains, Jews or Tutsis in Rwanda.

        […]

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 28, 2014, 4:28 pm

        I think it’s horrible, Krauss. The community leadership in the States is full of evil men. They’ll do anything to anyone for power. And they hide behind the sacrifice of the last generation of Jews they shafted.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        January 28, 2014, 4:48 pm

        @seafoid- “Defamation” is such a powerful documentary. Thanks.

        Foxman was objecting to the fact that the Ukrainian name for a massive Ukrainian genocide is a “Holo-” word, Holodomor, “derived from ‘Морити голодом’, “Killing by Starvation” [3][4][5])” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor.

        Such disgusting, exclusionary arrogance.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 28, 2014, 4:58 pm

        I read somewhere that you have balance in your life. Too much emotion and you can’t do anything. Only rationality and in certain circumstances you may go the way of the Nazis.

        Foxman has zero compassion, no emotion. He is a bastard.
        He’s like a 2014 Kastner.

      • American
        American
        January 28, 2014, 10:30 pm

        Foxman should stay out of the Ukraine if there is any anti semitism there he will make it worse–they are already connecting the dots.
        And they have just forced the Ukraine PM to resign and to revoke the anti protest laws..

        Ukraine PM resigns amid unrest, parliament revokes anti-protest laws
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/28/us-ukraine-azarov-idUSBREA0R0BR20140128

        He should also stay out of France. In fact he and all the zionist should just shut up period before they stir up more trouble ..

        French Anti-Government March Turns Anti-Semitic
        Protesters Praise Quenelle Comic Dieudonne
        By JTA
        Published January 27, 2014.
        Print Email Share Paris — A march through Paris against French President Francois Hollande ended with anti-Semitic chants and cries of support for an anti-Semitic comedian.

        At least 150 protesters were arrested in the “Day of Anger” demonstrations on Sunday, according to reports. Nineteen police officers were injured in clashes with protesters, one seriously, the French news agency AFP reported. Police estimated that 17,000 participated in the march.

        Protesters performed the quenelle, a gesture reminiscent of the Hitler salute that was invented by the anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. They also called for freedom of speech on Dieudonne’s behalf.

        Anti-Semitic chants included “Jews go home” and “Jews, France is not your country,” according to Israel Radio.

        The Union of French Jewish Students, or UEJF, condemned “anti-Semitic slogans and Nazi salutes” by some protesters, according to AFP. The group’s president, Sacha Reingewirtz, told AFP, “This Day of Anger has turned into a day of hate.”

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 29, 2014, 6:47 am

        It is dreadful. Foxman, the wall st titans and the yesha funders do the damage and ordinary French schmuck Jews get the consequences. Kastner was exactly the same. But can anyone in French judaism join the dots?

      • American
        American
        January 29, 2014, 9:45 am

        Zionist having governments carry out vendettas against popular figures with a following in the name of Jews is huge mistake imo. Creates more resentment.
        And the right left division in Europe is even more volatile than in the US—the right appears to be rising with a platform of national ‘sovereignty’ and against global economics, censorship, ruling elites,etc.. Zionist and zionism is already seen as part of or within some of the elite and globally aligned governments.

        ”Police raid properties belonging to controversial comedian Dieudonné M’bala Mbala as part of an investigation into alleged money-laundering and fraud ”

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/police-raid-properties-belonging-to-controversial-comedian-dieudonn-mbala-mbala-as-part-of-an-investigation-into-alleged-moneylaundering-and-fraud-9091806.html

        Multiple police raids were launched today on the homes, office and theatre of the anti-semitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala Mbala as part of an investigation into alleged money-laundering and fraud.

        Police raided the comedian’s theatre in eastern Paris and several offices and homes, including his large country residence in Eure-et-Loir west of the French capital.
        Dieudonné, 47, the creator of the allegedly anti-semitic “quenelle” arm performed by the Premier League footballer Nicolas Anelka, is under investigation for fraudulently engineering his own bankruptcy and illegally hiding €400,000 in Cameroon.
        Earlier this month, the French government, backed by an independent government watchdog, banned Dieudonné’s stand-up stage act for inciting racial hatred. He is currently touring France with an amended version of this show.
        Senior French officials warned at the time that they intended to open a “second front” against Dieudonné by pursuing more vigorously long-standing allegations of financial misconduct”

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 29, 2014, 10:52 pm

        And now he is just “the anti-Semitic comedian”
        It’s really dangerous. People need an outlet for their economic views even if they don’t find favour with the elites.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 30, 2014, 1:04 am

        American

        ”Police raid properties belonging to controversial comedian Dieudonné M’bala Mbala as part of an investigation into alleged money-laundering and fraud ”

        Plan B would presumably be sexual misconduct

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Strauss-Kahn

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 29, 2014, 3:59 pm

        The Hasidim have a big Rosh hashana pilgrimage to Uman in Ukraine every year.
        I hope there is no trouble this year.

        http://www.jta.org/2013/10/15/news-opinion/world/as-uman-pilgrimage-turns-mainstream-a-hard-core-invents-new-customs

      • traintosiberia
        traintosiberia
        January 31, 2014, 7:22 am

        Ukraine was ravaged by Arendata system in Middle Ages. Poland-Lithuania combination empire attacked Ukraine and leased almost 2/3 of it to the middlemen who were Jewish .Their job included tax farming,revenue collection, and organization in a vertical system distribution of raw material ,manufacturing,and selling of finished product,control of tavern, distribution of permit,and lending to poor at high interest rates . Essentially the Jewish community worked like the nobles of a big estate with duty of paying to the king a fixed sum every year and owning the control of the citizen and economy.So when Ukraine shook off the yoke,there was anti Jewish violence .
        The Jewish politburo member of 1919 Soviet Russia did not forget this when Russia tried and succeeded in imposing communism and making it part of Russia. The Ukraine famine and destruction of Ukraine Christian traditions arose out of this complex,myriad interconnected ,religious animosity. Foxman does not want this neglected be given proper attention.

  5. eljay
    eljay
    January 28, 2014, 10:46 am

    >> But after this long imprisonment, the fact that it was such a close ally who received his information should have influenced a positive response when the subject of parole arose.

    So, spying on your country is bad…unless you’re spying on behalf of a “close ally”.

    I wonder if Foxman would advocate the release of an American convicted of passing classified information to “close ally” Saudi Arabia or, perhaps in the future, Iran.

  6. American
    American
    January 28, 2014, 11:13 am

    ”In effect, the continuing imprisonment of this person long after he should have been paroled on humanitarian grounds can only be read as an effort to intimidate American Jews. And, it is an intimidation that can only be based on an anti-Semitic stereotype about the Jewish community, one that we have seen confirmed in our public opinion polls over the years, the belief that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, the United States”…..Foxman

    The ‘you anti semites are blaming All The Jews’ play book is worn out imo.
    All it does anymore when knowledgeable people point out the treasonous-subversive agenda of organized I-Firstdom is make the Quenelle- up yours salute more popular.

  7. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 28, 2014, 11:19 am

    So Pollard in jail is “a vendetta against American Jews” . How can I help Lloyd Blankfein and the Koch Brothers? I am ready to do anything. Do they need more money or just a hug ?

  8. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    January 28, 2014, 11:34 am

    Looks like the final terms of Iranian/Palestinian deals are being hammered out, and Pollard may be an item in that end-game, a sweat beed in Kerry’s performance juggling chainsaws, but an issue to those in Israel who won’t find an historic peace acceptable without retrieving prisoners.

  9. irmep
    irmep
    January 28, 2014, 11:35 am

    ADL asks why Pollard is still in jail.

    IRmep asks why Lehrer and Foxman are not:

    http://irmep.org/adl_espionage.htm

  10. Balfour
    Balfour
    January 28, 2014, 11:41 am

    “In effect, the continuing imprisonment of this person [Pollard] long after he should have been paroled on humanitarian grounds can only be read as an effort to intimidate American Jews.”

    Context is everything, Mr. Foxman- how would you describe your organization’s silence in Israel’s constant re-arresting of Mordechai Vanunu, the Jewish man that exposed Israel’s secret weapons program to the world? Shouldn’t Vanunu also be allowed to leave Israel on humanitarian grounds for the same reasons that Abe Foxman demands the release of Jonathan Pollard? Or, is Vanunu’s persecution by the Israelis justified to intimidate future whistleblowers whose locality is not exclusively tied the the doctrines of the State? Ironically, Mr. Foxman, I think you may have arrived at the correct answer, though you are incorrect in the process of your reasoning.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      January 28, 2014, 11:55 am

      Humanitarian grounds- there is no end to their hypocrisy. The refugees should be let back to Palestine on humanitarian grounds but it’s anti-Semitic to even suggest this.

  11. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    January 28, 2014, 11:43 am

    Interesting timing (maybe). Will Pollard be part of the deal (indirectly, of course) to get Israel to accept (technically and with a list of caveats) Kerry’s framework? It’s an offer even Bennett couldn’t refuse — although he and Netanyahu (and Obama) would have to work out exactly how to divvy up the credit.

  12. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 28, 2014, 12:21 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor

    The Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомор, “Extermination by hunger” or “Hunger-extermination”;[2] derived from ‘Морити голодом’, “Killing by Starvation” [3][4][5]) was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR in 1932 and 1933.[6] During the famine, which is also known as the “Terror-Famine in Ukraine” and “Famine-Genocide in Ukraine”,[7][8][9] millions of citizens of Ukrainian SSR, the majority of whom were Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.[10] Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and several other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.[11]

  13. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    January 28, 2014, 12:43 pm

    “‘it is an intimidation that can only be based on an anti-Semitic stereotype about the Jewish community, one that we have seen confirmed in our public opinion polls over the years, the belief that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, the United States’…..Foxman”

    …he says from israel.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      January 28, 2014, 1:07 pm

      Foxman isn’t in danger of a dual loyalty charge. He’s an Israel Firster.

  14. ritzl
    ritzl
    January 28, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Any effort to free Pollard should start with, and be conditioned upon, freeing Dr. Shakir Hamoodi. Three years for sending money to his struggling family in Iraq. Still in prison.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-commute-the-36-month-sentence-of-dr-shakir-hamoodi

    Where’s the ADL on that?

    And the ADL argued FOR the outrageous prison sentences in Holder v. Humanitarian Law. By ADL’s Pollard logic, that would be a racist act.

    I guess they gotta earn their [high] six-figure salaries somehow.

  15. John Douglas
    John Douglas
    January 28, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Actually I have always thought, in agreement with Foxman, that Pollard’s continued imprisonment, in the face of Israeli and lobby pressure, was in fact to deter other American Israel-firsters from doing what he did. But I drew a different conclusion. Imagine if the U.S. government caved in the face of this pressure, declaring that American spies for Israel need only the backing of the Israel PM and/or the Lobby to get easy time. Better put another lock or two on the files.

    .

  16. Hostage
    Hostage
    January 28, 2014, 3:14 pm

    So Pollard stays in prison as a message to American Jews: don’t even think about doing what he did.

    Well let’s engage in some whataboutery. Is this really supposed to send a more threatening message to Jews than the forced disappearance and death of Ben Zygier, or the total isolation in which Israel’s second Prisoner X is now being held – in exactly the same fashion Mordechai Vanunu was abducted and kept in solitary confinement for 11 years? I don’t think so.

  17. RoHa
    RoHa
    January 28, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Guide me through this, please.

    Pollard spied on the US for a foreign country, handing over huge amounts of important secret information. He was imprisoned, and is kept in prison, to teach American Jews not to do it again.

    So does Foxman think that it is a message only to American Jews, and not to other Americans?

    Does Foxman think that American Jews should be allowed to do it again?

  18. doug
    doug
    January 29, 2014, 12:32 am

    Foxman would have a point if Pollard had not been Jewish but with all the facts and circumstances otherwise identical.

    It has been reported that Israel traded some of the highly classified defense secrets to the former Soviets in exchange for more Jewish immigrants. If so then his long incarceration is justified whether Jewish or not.

    Now, were we to take the same hypothetical case excepting that Pollard had not been Jewish, would Foxman and Israel be singing the same tune? Would Pollard have been given Israeli citizenship? Obviously not.

    • Castellio
      Castellio
      January 31, 2014, 3:32 pm

      It is my understanding that the information given by Pollard to Israel, and then traded to the Soviets, included information that outed American personnel and led to their deaths.

  19. January 29, 2014, 8:49 am

    +972 wrote about Foxman’s remarks “This is sickening slander that reflects a deep-seated psychological problem”. I could not put it more elegantly myself.
    Foxman is a self-aggrandizing and overcompensated representative of his own PR machine. Much like Sheldon Adelson and the former Bernie Madoff. All are over-the-top in the most unpleasant ways. I find the activities of all three to be an ugly blemish on life in the USA.

  20. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    January 29, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Something seriously wrong with this F* man. He equates the spying by an American on America for a nation that would sell that information to another country is equivalent to America spying on Israel using American tools and manpower. He has not heard the word treason and 5 th column . He himself lives in that grey zones surrounding the treacherous behaviors. This blind spot could be explained by his own paradpxical intellectual existence.
    There is one more element here in this age of secularism and hate crime. If someone were proved to have committed a hate crime on the basis of religion or race or gender,his or her punishment would be above and beyond what would otherwise be imposed. There should be a matching program for the people convicted of treason purely for the reason of race and religion . Polard would never hurt Israel but has hurt US to benefit Israel . His action was motivated by religious fervor and anti gentile attitude.

  21. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    January 30, 2014, 5:13 am

    http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/1999/jan/27/features11.g22
    This article in Guardian (UK) traces the anti Nazi ,pro -Soviet activities of some of the famous people within US congress and New Deal proponents of Roosevelt administration. Samuel Dickstein ,a congressman from Manhattan who later became a judge was a corrupted Soviet spy who saw like other anti Nazi activists a deep antisemitism in US went to establish HUAC ( house of UnAmerican activities ) that gave rise to anti communist McCarthyism after 2 nd world war.His spying for NKVD was more racial,genetic,and religious than was it for ideological reason. He found US not ready,powerful,and motivated enough to fight Hitler as was Soviet. He ended up spying for Soviet . He was not alone. Ironically his organization was meant to target only Nazi infiltration in US administration which was not there .HUAC morphed into anti communist investigation during McCarthy era and he was not invited .

  22. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    January 31, 2014, 7:03 am

    Fox an sees antisemitism everywhere Sometimes back,it was antisemitism to think that Iran had no military nuclear program.
    Now is this from http://www.antiwar.com Jan 30 th
    “. Secretary of State John Kerry’s stock seems to be dropping more and more in the eyes of Israel’s far-right coalition government lately, but MP Moti Yogev took the anger about the peace process to a new level, overtly accusing Kerry of being driven by “anti-Semitism.”
    http://news.antiwar.com/2014/01/30/israeli-mp-kerry-peace-efforts-driven-by-anti-semitism/

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