ADL Leaders Address Global Forum on Anti-Semitism
Jerusalem, February 26, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) this week addressed a gathering of world leaders assembled in Israel for the International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism.
In his address to delegates, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director outlined the "virulent mutations and permutations of the disease," including the return of state sponsored anti-Semitism in Venezuela and Iran, the proliferation of anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world, efforts to delegitimize the Jewish State and the spread of hate on the Internet.
"We are here because we do not see the abatement or lessening of the disease of anti-Semitism or its virulence," Mr. Foxman said. "Those of us gathered here perceive the challenge and the threat to be more serious, and we are determined to focus on the various, virulent mutations and permutations of the disease we witness."
Mr. Foxman noted the presence of many non-Jewish participants at the conference, which was convened by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs to formulate strategies for dealing with the various aspects of anti-Semitism, saying that it was important for others to stand with the Jewish people in combating hate.
Christopher Wolf, an attorney and Chair of both ADL's Internet Task Force and the International Network Against Cyber-Hate, presented on the proliferation of anti-Semitism on the Internet and its latest manifestations on mainstream blogs and popular social-networking and video-sharing sites.
"It's time for the Googles of the world to work to accept the moral responsibility to help us fight anti-Semitism and hate speech," Mr. Wolf said. "The virus of hate has infected these new technologies."
Mr. Wolf added that one can easily find clips from Nazi-era anti-Semitic films without any historical context on popular video-sharing sites.
"If offered in an educational context, with explanation of their hateful origins and of how they glorified or played a role in the deaths of millions, perhaps such material would serve history. But they are not offered in that context; they are posted to provoke hate and to recruit haters," Mr. Wolf said.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.