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ADL Comes Out In Favor of Beck, Ailes, & Anti-Semitic Smears

Reported by Aunty Em - February 2, 2011 -

Not surprising in any community that doesn’t think monolithically, there are those in the Jewish community who support Fox “News” and the kind of Nazi and Holocaust references by host Glenn Beck, and sanctioned by head honchos Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch. Despite a 10,000 name petition and an open letter to Rupert Murdoch signed by 400 rabbis, both the Anti-Defamation League and American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors have “Letters to the Editor” in yesterday's online edition of WSJ dismissing the George Soros Smears Controversies.

As Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors writes:

I suppose that I am to rest easy now that these rabbis and the individuals they quote in their advertisement find Glenn Beck and Roger Ailes (who is responsible, along with Rupert Murdoch, for News Corp.'s support of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish philanthropies) represent a greater threat to the welfare of the Jews than George Soros. I have no position on Mr. Beck, but I am frankly puzzled as to how he merits so great an expenditure by this group. What a waste of communal resources this represents when there are so many needy people, Holocaust survivors and others. Herein lies the mercy of religious figures—not in politics.

This absurdity and the fact that these rabbis have never seen fit to comment on Mr. Soros's support for entities that have harmed Israel and Jewish interests (and in my view, Western interests generally), force me to speak out.

Elan Steinberg is quoted in the advertisement in his capacity as vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors. He has no more right than I do to speak in the name of the survivors on this topic. I know this because I, too, am vice president of the American Gathering. I also know that in my 30 years of participation in large-scale annual commemorations I have yet to meet a survivor who expressed support for Mr. Soros.

Ironically he signs his letter with his title at the AGoJHS.

After contesting how his name was misused in the campaign Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, played the false equivalency card:

While we have said many times that Nazi comparisons are offensive and inappropriate when used for political attacks, in my view it is wrongheaded to single out only Fox News on this issue, when both liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, can share equal guilt in making trivializing comparisons to the Holocaust.

Furthermore, the open letter signed by hundreds of rabbis is a trivialization in itself—bizarrely timed for release on United Nations's Holocaust Remembrance Day. At a time when Holocaust denial is rampant in much of the Arab world, where anti-Semitism remains a serious concern, and where the Iranian leader has openly declared his desire to "wipe Israel off the map," surely there are greater enemies and threats to the Jewish people than the pro-Israel stalwarts Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck.

What Foxman tends to forget is just how many Holocaust and Nazi references on the network, but I guess since Ailes said OOOPS! all is forgiven. He must also be unaware of News Hound Priscilla’s terrific article “Glenn Beck’s Attack On ADL Reveals “Populist” Anti-Semiticism?” from December of ’09:

The ADL “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.” As such, they are concerned about “white supremacy, the militia movement, neo-nativism and conspiratorial fantasies in all of their improbable permutations” and that is why they recently issued a report about domestic hate groups which have emerged since Obama’s election. The report, “Rage Grows In America, Anti-Government Conspiracies” refers to Glenn Beck as “hatemonger in chief” because he is “the most important mainstream media figure who has repeatedly helped to stoke the fires of anti-government anger." Beck held his fire for a while; but then responded by claiming, on his radio show: "For nearly a century, the Anti-Defamation League" -- which has as much to do, I believe, with the plight of the Jewish people as the National Organization of Woman has with the plight of women -- it is nothing, I believe, nothing but a political organization at this point. And I -- it, it kills me to say that." He challenged the ADL to "Name the person that has been more friendly to Israel ... Name the person who has spoken out more against the Holocaust deniers who are running Iran. Name the person in the mainstream media that speaks as passionately as I do ... because I see the Jewish people as people, and the leaders of Iran as monsters that want to finish the job that Hitler started. You name the person, Anti-Defamation League."

Not surprisingly, his response received a thumbs up from some in the white supremacist community, many of whom Beck has less than six degrees of separation from, who applauded him for standing up to a group which they despise. I’m not surprised about his response in which he claimed that he is a friend of Israel because Domionionist Christians (read John Hagee) take pride in their support for Israel while their affection for American Jews, the majority of whom are socially liberal and vote Democratic, is not so much. “Hollywood liberals,” so hated by radical right wing Christians, are really the “Hollywood Jews” that Joe McCarthy, the political forefather of today’s radical right, so disdained. The Israel connection is only because it is the place for the return appearance of Jesus. It’s not surprising that Beck is focused on Israel given that his guru, W. Cleon Skousen said the when Jesus touches down in Jerusalem the “Jews will gather around their Messiah in the deepest adoration, but they will be puzzled by the wounds in his hands. Gradually it will dawn on them that this is none other than Jesus of Nazareth, and the people will go into great mourning because their forefathers failed to recognize him when he came to earth, and they had him crucified. From that moment on, both Jews and Christians will worship the same Messiah” This is the same sentiment seen on the Fox Nation attack on Larry David thread in which the many anti-Semitic comments were peppered with references about how David will need to bow down to Jesus. Thus, the concern for Israel is not really political but religious. Certainly what American Jews stand for is antithetical to Glenn Beck’s hate filled agenda which, historically, the Jews have been on the receiving end of. It's worth noting that Beck thought that the Holocaust Museum shooter was just a lone gunman.

Instead of taking responsibility for his hate mongering, Beck blamed the ADL for “the plight of the Jewish people.” Surely as a “historian,” Beck should know that “the plight of the Jewish people” was the result of hate filled individuals and groups whose fear and loathing of the “other” was no different from the hatred being expressed by individuals and groups who worship Glenn Beck. Once again, there is rich irony in Beck’s attempt to paint Obama as Hitler...

Or, maybe Foxman is just unaware of the revulsion many Jews have to the Fox “News” Network’s continued references to Nazis and the Holocaust in general and Glenn Beck in particular. Maybe like Wiesenfeld, he’s not speaking on behalf of all Jews in his organization.

H/t TVNewser

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