#DropTheADL

The True Left sets the pace of leftist politics, the mainstream follows, and the False Left is left in the dust. This month we have reached a new milestone:

https://droptheadl.org/

We are writing to ask you to reconsider the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a partner in social justice work.

Many organizations in our communities find themselves in spaces with the ADL, using its anti-bias education materials, or counting on the ADL to support our political goals. In light of a growing understanding of the ADL’s harmful practices, many progressive groups are rethinking those relationships.

Even though the ADL is integrated into community work on a range of issues, it has a history and ongoing pattern of attacking social justice movements led by communities of color, queer people, immigrants, Muslims, Arabs, and other marginalized groups, while aligning itself with police, right-wing leaders, and perpetrators of state violence. More disturbing, it has often conducted those attacks under the banner of “civil rights.” This largely unpublicized history has come increasingly to light as activists work to make sense of the ADL’s role in condemning the Movement for Black Lives, Palestinian rights organizing, and Congressional Representative Ilhan Omar, among others.

We are deeply concerned that the ADL’s credibility in some social justice movements and communities is precisely what allows it to undermine the rights of marginalized communities, shielding it from criticism and accountability while boosting its legitimacy and resources. Even when it may seem that our work is benefiting from access to some resources or participation from the ADL, given the destructive role that it too often plays in undermining struggles for justice, we believe that we cannot collaborate with the ADL without betraying our movements.

https://droptheadl.org/the-adl-is-not-an-ally/

To our beloved community:
The ADL is not an ally.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has branded itself as a civil rights organization in ways that conceal and legitimize its right-wing activities undermining the rights of Black, immigrant, queer, Muslim, Arab, and other marginalized communities.

Many progressive individuals and organizations partner with the ADL not knowing its ongoing legacy of supporting racist policing, surveillance, colonialism, and the silencing of social justice activism. Misinformation about the ADL’s work, and its credibility in progressive circles, are what allow the ADL to continue harming social justice movements.

The following primer was compiled by organizations across the US working in coalition for freedom, justice, and equality. We hope it can be helpful in strengthening all of our social justice movements in resisting repression and advancing a vision of liberation for all. Many conflicts between the ADL and our movements are not covered in this primer. Community efforts to resist the ADL are also not covered here. For additional information and updates, visit DropTheADL.org.

I especially like this section:

The ADL blacklists organizations criticizing Israel’s separate and unequal system, particularly those linking oppression in the US and Palestine. It targets Black, Muslim, and Arab organizers as anti-Semites, suggesting that their links to anti-racist, anti-colonial movements (which have long challenged Israel) are links to “hate.” It also specifically smears Jewish organizers who contest the ADL’s claim to represent Jewish interests and safety.  In smearing activists, the ADL calls “anti-Semitic” any discussion of the influence of Zionist institutions in US politics; of links between US political donors and Israel’s lucrative military and tech sectors; and of the well-documented sympathies between US and Israeli racial supremacist forces.

The ADL is correct about one thing, however: anti-racism is hate, and proudly so. How can you be anti-racist without hating racism?

On the other hand, while it goes without saying that we support excluding the ADL, we should also beware of who has already infiltrated the #DropTheADL movement:

The ADL’s abuse of the term anti-Semitism not only muzzles legitimate criticism of injustices perpetrated by Israel, but it communicates a dangerous message that all Jews share the same views — a central tenet of traditional anti-Semitism — and implies that there is something Jewish about military occupation (and by extension, that boycotting occupation is boycotting Jews). Furthermore, it detracts from naming and fighting the very real and present acts of anti-Semitism.

The moment I read this paragraph, I knew that Jews have infiltrated and are doing controlled dissent. They know that calling criticism of Israel “anti-Semitism” doesn’t work anymore, so they are trying to salvage “anti-Semitism” for other applications in Jewish interests by themselves joining in the dissent (which we started) and then shamelessly claiming that there does exist, separate from criticism of Israel, some form of ‘real’ “anti-Semitism” which non-Jews are supposed to defend Jews against. (There does not. The moment Jews decided that they were Jews and the rest of us were non-Jews, non-Jews ceased to have any moral duty to defend Jews from anything; on the contrary, we acquired a moral duty to attack them until all their bloodlines have ceased to exist. This is true anti-racism.)

And here is what I found at the bottom of the page ( no surprises!):

This primer was put together by the Drop The ADL Working Group with contributions from the following organizations:

American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, #DropTheADL, Friends of Sabeel – North America, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Jewish Voice for Peace Deadly Exchange Campaign, Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism, Network Against Islamophobia, Palestine Legal, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Therefore support the movement to exclude the ADL, but do not trust the DropTheADL site. And next we must go after the groups marked in bold. There is no such thing as a “Jewish Anti-Zionist Network” (such a network would first stop being Jewish), a “Jewish Voice for Peace” (such a voice would first stop being Jewish), or “Jews Against Anti-Muslim Racism” (such individuals would first stop being Jews, and also would not misleadingly describe racism as anti-outgroup, but would have no problem with accurately describing racism as being pro-ingroup (and hence admit all Jews* are racists)).

(* An individual born to Jewish parents, who renounces Judaism and voluntarily refrains from reproducing, is not a Jew.)

What we really need is #DropJewishness. But I understand the need to do things in a sensible sequence. So first let’s #DropNukesOnIsrael.

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/news/israel/

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12 Responses to #DropTheADL

  1. Mza9 says:

    Perhaps not the best source, but still valid arguments. There was a leftist commentator who criticized the SPLC from the same angle, that being that the SPLC makes hate pay. I’ll have to look for it more later.

    Selling Hate. How The Southern Poverty Law Center Profits by Creating More Hate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHgq7WtS0ts

  2. Mza9 says:

    “Merry Christmas” is a Hate Crime! Now Give Us More Money!!!
    The Southern Poverty Pimp Center is at it again with their “hate tracker,” helping to whip up moral outrage over innocuous Twitter hashtags like #MerryChristmas to drum up more business for their hate racket. Don’t know about the SPLC and their hate pimping? Well get into the show notes, because, boy, do I have a story for you!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRaC1IYpJPw

  3. AS says:

    I do not recommend attacking the SPLC. Instead, I recommend using entryism to try to influence it in our direction. Attacking it will only help the rightists it is fighting against, whereas gradually converting it from False Left to True Left can ensure it continues to do its work against rightists uninterrupted.

  4. RP says:

    @AS
    My only problem with the SPLC is its tendency to attack True Left adjacent organizations such as the New Black Panther Party and the NOI as “anti-Semitic” or even
    “anti-White”. This is probably because their entire mission is centered around fighting “hate”.

  5. AS says:

    What you describe could be changed with skillful entryism. Precisely because the SPLC at least (unlike the ADL) tries to be even-handed, all that entryism needs to do is change what it is even-handed about, which in practice alters who is targeted by it.

    The main objective at present is to get rid of the inaccurate use of the term “hate” (as something evil in itself) by leftists. This can be started simply by exhorting people to hate those who are obviously evil (e.g. racists), thereby forcing them to recognize that hate is not only not evil in itself but indeed can be trivially placed in opposition to evil.

    Again, this was common understanding back in the 90s:

    https://animemotivation.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/genkai-quotes-yu-yu-hakusho.jpg

  6. AS says:

    Almost as if on cue:

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/24/rnc-adopt-resolution-repudiating-splc/

    This is why it is paramount that we do not attack the same organizations as our enemies attack. If we attack both the ADL and the SPLC while they attack only the SPLC, the result would be that the SPLC is weakened more than the ADL is, which means the ADL ends up stronger!

  7. Mza9 says:

    Excellent!

    Seems like a lot of things are right on cue these days. Thank you for setting me on the right path such a long time ago now AS! We certainly have front row seats to the shit show now aye!? :D

  8. RP says:

    @AS
    Some extreme right-wing Zionists are critical of the ADL for being “left wing”, such as Laura Loomer.

  9. From the site’s article on Christianity: Hitler and others in the NSDAP attempted to undo this corruption and return Christianity to its authentic form in National Socialist Germany by throwing out the entire Old Testament from canonical scripture and incorporating instead content from the Apocrypha (e.g. Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of the Holy Twelve) and theology of the minority Gnostic sects (e.g. Cathars) that had been persecuted for centuries by the mainstream Judeo-Christian establishment but which alone had preserved the true spirit of Jesus’ teachings.

    These two books are not a part of the Apocrypha, unless you’re talking about the New Testament Apocrypha, in which case I strongly recommend you revise the statement to distinguish between the New and Old Testament Apocrypha.

  10. Mza9 says:

    @CB:

    “I strongly recommend you revise the statement to distinguish between the New and Old Testament Apocrypha.”

    That would be redundant. Read the sentence again:

    Hitler and others in the NSDAP attempted to undo this corruption and return Christianity to its authentic form in National Socialist Germany by throwing out the entire Old Testament from canonical scriptureand incorporating instead content from the Apocrypha (e.g. Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of the Holy Twelve)….

  11. The Gospels of Thomas and Holy Twelve are not a part of the Apocrypha.
    From Wikipedia:

    1 Esdras (i.e. Greek Ezra).
    1 Maccabees.
    Book of Baruch
    Book of Judith
    2 Esdras (see also Apocalyptic literature)
    Sirach (also known as Ecclesiasticus)
    Tobit
    Additions to Daniel
    Additions to Esther
    Epistle of Jeremiah
    2 Maccabees
    Prayer of Manasse
    Book of Wisdom

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