| Alison Weir’s open letter to the head of the ADL‏!

Dear Abe Foxman,

Thank you! Our organization, If Americans Knew, is enormously honored by our inclusion in your recent Top Ten list of “anti-Israel groups” – in reality, organizations working most strenuously and effectively to oppose Israel’s brutal human rights abuses and violent ethnic cleansing project.

As you note, hundreds of such groups “operate in the U.S. today,” and, I might add, a great many of them produce profoundly valuable work. This makes us particularly honored to have been included among the ten most effective.

Your organization apparently finds those working on behalf of justice and equality for all abhorrent when this includes Palestinians. Happily, many disagree with you. In fact, a large and growing number of people (of all ethnicities, religions, races, and political persuasions) believe that universal principles of morality do not contain exceptions.

Britain’s “Redress Information & Analysis” calls inclusion on your list “one of the highest accolades truth-telling fighters against racism and bigotry could hope for.”

Your Top Ten report appears to be an important element of your fundraising outreach, which rakes in almost $60 million for your annual budget – on top of your $115 million net assets.

Yet in looking through the report, I notice that almost all of us Top Ten groups have quite small budgets. Ours, which is one of the smallest, is less than 1/400th of your yearly revenue. Your salary alone – $688,188 – dwarfs the entire yearly budget for all but two of these groups, and is over four times the annual budget for our entire organization.

The truth is, all our groups are struggling, and our financial survival is at times in real jeopardy.

Abe, this should worry you.

What will you do if we go under? How will you raise such large sums of money? How in the world will you pay yourself two-thirds of a million dollars each year if you can’t scare your donors with distorted stories of what we do and frightening myths about why we do it?

But there is a solution:

I propose that you give If Americans Knew a nickel of each dollar you raise. After all, you use our work to raise this money. You name me among the five most “anti-Israel” (i.e. pro human rights for all) individuals in America. You used our billboard image to illustrate your report on the ten organizations your donors should be most terrified of, and put it at the very top of your home page.

I further propose that you provide a similar amount for each of the other nine organizations whose work you use (or, more accurately, distort) to raise your vast sums of money.

Under this proposal, you would still get the lion’s share of the money, while ensuring that your Top Ten groups won’t disappear from the scene – and from your fundraising strategy.

In all honesty, however, there could be a drawback to this proposal. If our organization (and the others on the list) had a nickel for each dollar the ADL raises, this budget could help us make our ideas more widely known in the marketplace of ideas.

This could be devastating for you.

Even though your budget would still dwarf ours – and even though the ADL is only one of numerous multi-million dollar organizations propagandizing for Israel – we and our colleagues are marketing a product that would likely win out over yours in any sort of fair competition.

After all, you’re selling a lemon: lies, tribalism, cruelty, endless war, and fear and hatred of entire populations; while we’re marketing truth, equality, dignity for all, and peace through justice and self-determination.

For this reason, I sincerely doubt you will adopt my proposal.

But I hope, in seriousness this time, that perhaps someday you’ll do something even better:

You’ll join us. You’ll decide to make the ADL into a real anti-defamation league; an organization that believes in the worth of all human beings, both in Palestine and beyond, that doesn’t promote division and difference, and that instead reveres our common humanity and works to protect all the world’s children from suffering and injustice.

That’s my real proposal. I hope you’ll consider it.

Best wishes,

Alison

Alison Weir is the executive director of If Americans Knew and president of the Council for the National Interest, which is a co-sponsor of the billboard mentioned in the article, and is also on the Top Ten list. She can be reached at contact@IfAmericansKnew.org.

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| Congratulations to our American truth-telling comrades!

Congratulations to our American truth-telling comrades ~ Redress Information & Analysis.

 

It’s one of the highest accolades truth-telling fighters against racism and bigotry could hope for. The Zio-cons of the ironically named “Anti-Defamation League” (ADL) have published a list of what the ADL considers to be the 10 “most influential and active anti-Israel groups” operating in the United States, the Times of Israel reports.

The winning truth-tellers, announced on 21 October, are:

The commendation in support of this much-coveted award include being “fixated with delegitimizing Israel” and promoting a truthful “narrative about Israel”. The winners were also commended for being in the forefront of the United States’s anti-Israel establishment.

In a heartening testimonial – which could only generate envy among those left off the list – the ADL said the leaders of the winning groups “speak regularly on college campuses, endeavouring to convince the leaders of tomorrow that Israel is the worst violator of international human rights and should be treated as a pariah”.

According to the ADL, Codepink, a feminist anti-war organization, aims “to reduce US support for Israel and end US-led wars and military campaigns in the Middle East and elsewhere”. It contended that “four of the 12 ‘issues’ listed on its website are about Israel, including a call for BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] against Israel and advocacy on ending US aid to Israel”. Well done Codepink!

Friends of Sabeel-North America, a Christian pro-Palestinian group, was commended for advocating a one-state solution and the right of return for all Palestinians, and for “accusing Israel of racism, oppression, and human rights violations while simultaneously promoting BDS campaigns against Israel as punishment for what they allege to be Israel’s apartheid-like policies”. Keep up the good work, Sabeel!

If Americans Knew/Council for the National Interest, two advocacy groups run by Alison Weir, was commended for working “to convince Americans that US policies that are friendly to Israel are damaging to the US from a foreign policy standpoint”. Alison: you are the pride of America!

The Jewish Voice for Peace, in its turn, earned the accolade of being “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States” which uses “Jewish culture and rituals to reassure its own supporters that opposition to Israel not only does not contradict, but is actually consistent with, Jewish values”. We bow in awe of you. Keep it up.

Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group opposed to the existence of the state of Israel on religious grounds, was awarded for being “regularly aligned with international anti-Semites, Islamic extremists and groups that advocate violence against Israel,” the ADL said. Neturei Karta, you are the bravest of the brave.

Students for Justice in Palestine, on the other hand, “is almost singularly responsible for on-campus anti-Israel programming,” including Apartheid Week programmes at American educational establishments, the ADL said in its testimonial. The group “paint[s] Israel as an ‘apartheid’ state reminiscent of the regime in South Africa”, it added. We know what you’re up against. Don’t be daunted.

According to the ADL, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation was awarded for its “pressure [on] Congress to stop sending foreign aid to Israel and adopt policies that are less friendly to Israel”. The ADL singled out one of the group’s leaders as saying that by providing Israel with military aid, “US taxpayers are thereby made complicit in Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian human rights, its military occupation and illegal colonization of Palestinian land, and its apartheid policies toward Palestinians which deny them freedom and self-determination”. Congress is the vipers’ nest. What you’re doing is paramount.

Our heartfelt congratulations to the winners: you are the pride of the United States and the whole world.

At the same time, we cannot hide our disappointment at being left off the list. Our only consolation is that the winners were all US based.

Perhaps Britain’s leading Israel stooges – the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Zionist Federation, the Office of the Chief Rabbi or even that jaded old rag, the Jewish Chronicle – could get together and offer a similar award for UK-based groups. If so, please spare a thought for Redress Information & Analysis – we’ve been trying for more than 13 years.

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