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Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine and old standby
Neturei Karta are among the top 10 anti-Israel organizations, according to the
Anti- Defamation League.
The New York-based watchdog released its list
this week of the most influential and active anti-Israel groups in the United
The list is rounded out by: ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End
Racism), American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, Friends of Sabeel-North
America, If Americans Knew/Council for the National Interest, Muslim Public
Affairs Council and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
of the selected groups, according to ADL’s research, is “fixated with
delegitimizing Israel” and has demonstrated the ability to reach new segments of
the American public with a hostile and misleading narrative about
“The top 10 anti-Israel groups are the most significant players
in the domestic anti-Israel movement today,” said Abraham H.
national director. “The groups are fixated on delegitimizing Israel and
convincing the American public that Israel is an international villain that
deserves to be ostracized and isolated.”
In compiling the list, ADL
considered various criteria, including the groups’ ability to organize, sponsor
and endorse Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel;
their sponsorship of and participation in anti-Israel rallies, panel discussions
or conferences; and their ability to pursue anti-Israel policy initiatives and
lobbying efforts against Israel.
“The list represents the worst of the
worst anti- Israel groups,” said Foxman.
“They lob any and every
accusation against Israel, including charges of Nazilike crimes, ‘apartheid’
policies, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide. Their accusations are
rarely, if ever, balanced with an acknowledgement of Israel’s repeated efforts
to make peace with the Palestinians or the legitimate terrorism concerns faced
by Israeli citizens.”
The ADL issued its first list of top 10 Anti-Israel
Groups in 2010 in the wake of the 2008-2009 war in Gaza.
New to the list
this year are American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, Neturei Karta and the
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
Despite MPAC’s positive role in the
civil rights, counterterrorism and interfaith communities, the ADL said that the
group’s involvement in anti-Israel campaigns and its leadership’s consistent use
of anti- Israel rhetoric is extremely troubling.
According to the ADL,
leaders and members of the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace are
regularly invited to major anti- Israel events and conferences, and the group
claims that its Jewish nature gives it a “particular legitimacy in voicing an
The ADL further noted that JVP “intentionally exploits
Jewish culture and rituals” in an effort to convince other Jews that opposition
to Israel does not contradict, but is consistent with, Jewish values.