ADL to The New Republic: Apology Accepted
New York, NY, October 20, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) accepts the apology of the editors of The New Republic for the recent column by Senior Editor Gregg Easterbrook, which included references to "Jewish" Hollywood executives in an online opinion article about violence, greed and the film industry. The editors' apology was published today on The New Republic Web site.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We welcome and accept the apology from the editors of The New Republic. The editors have made clear that the magazine does not condone anti-Semitism in any form and recognizes the legitimate concerns of its readers.
The editors recognize that while Gregg Easterbrook may not have intended to offend, he was wrong to bring the Jewishness of Hollywood executives into a discussion about money, greed and the film industry. Those words, the editors aptly note, are code words derived from the lexicon of anti-Semites, and therefore need to be condemned regardless of the writer's intent.
At this point we consider the matter closed.
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.