What’s hard about opposing the ADL?
The ADL is a large national organization with a huge presence in politics, media, and advocacy. It has the public relations capacity to define how stories play out in media, as per its mission. It freely labels any opponents “anti-Semites,” creating a difficult distraction that groups must stop and respond to.
Groups that challenge the ADL may also worry about losing funding they get through political channels. The ADL has the ear of many officials, and also the capacity to brand officials as anti-Semites. Like any advocacy group, the ADL works informally through political relationships to protect itself and fence out opponents, and this may include attacks on community funding.
Since the ADL’s brand as a protector of marginalized people is so strong, and it uses familiar language about rights and standing up for others, it can be hard to explain among allies why the ADL isn’t welcome.
This website is intended as a resource for the many local groups working separately to say NO to the ADL in our communities, coalitions, and schools; and a place for us to come together to support each other’s work.
Here are just a few of many resources available online. More to come!
Download and print the flyer. Then click around this website, check its sources, and read further.
“The Ferguson/Palestine Connection” by Kristian Davis Bailey, Ebony Magazine
“Starbucks’ epic fail after an epic fail” by Susan Abulhawa, Al Jazeera
“Anti-Defamation League: Stop Pretending to Be a Civil Rights Organization” by Lesley Williams, Truth-Out
“Faking rights: Why anti-racists detest the ADL” by Emmaia Gelman, Medium.com
“The ADL is not what it seems” by Emmaia Gelman, Boston Review
“How the ADL fuels Islamophobia” by Elly Bulkin & Donna Nevel, Alternet
“The Anti-Defamation League: Civil Rights and Wrongs” by Abdeen Jabara, Covert Action Quarterly
“The Kings of Garbage” by Mark Ames, Pacific Standard
www.DeadlyExchange.org (Jewish Voice for Peace campaign)