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23 December 2011

An Open Letter To Rabbi Abe Foxman And The ADL


I recently received the following fund raiser from the Anti-defamation League:

Stop Anti-Semitism in America

Dear Miller,

Just this past week, a Member of Congress was quoted referencing Nazi
propagandist Joseph Goebbels when discussing communication techniques of the Democratic Party.

We are truly living in troubled times when politicians feel they can benefit the national discourse with such vitriolic comparisons which insult the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.

This was not the first time this has happened in this political season
and I fear it will not be the last time we hear such ignorant and spiteful
discourse between now and next November.

Help ADL speak out forcefully.

To me this raises three critical questions. Without the Anti-Defamation League, who would fiercely and relentlessly speak out against the trivialization of the Holocaust? Who would push back against the rising currents of anti-Semitism we’re seeing at home and around the world?

And without you, who would be there to fuel ADL’s vital work?

It was signed by the National Director, Rabbi Abe Foxman...and I felt it merited a reply:


Dear Rabbi Foxman,
I received your recent email with interest.

I realize that you and the ADL are very much involved in the Obama campaign,but are there no limits?

The fact is that Allen West, the member of Congress you mention is exactly correct when he compares the Soros-funded media machine and its adherents throughout the mainstream media as people Goebbels would be proud of, because they promulgate the Big Lie constantly when it
comes to Israel and the Jews. And by the way, he didn't mention the Holocaust, so your accusation that he trivialized it is simply untrue.

Do you realize that you are engaging in lashon hora, the defamation of a true friend of Israel and the Jews? Are you and your organization so wrapped up in the Democratic party that right and wrong simply have ceased to matter to you? Or did they not teach about lashon hora where you went to yeshiva?

Before he was in Congress, Colonel West stood with Israel and the Jews in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when pro-Hamas mobs attempted to spew their anti-Semitic bile on the streets. Where were you when that battle was being fought, Rabbi? How do you have the chutzpah to try and demonize this brave man? And to ask me for money to help fund it?

We now have the most anti-Israel administration in history sitting in the White House. Have you forgotten the way the Obama Administration has already trashed previous agreements with Israel, told them they have no right to their religious shrines , threatened an aid cutoff, and instituted what amounts to a de facto arms embargo during the early part of his term?

Do you not recall his deliberate humiliation of Israel's democratically elected leader, and this president's deliberate attempt last May to ambush PM Netanyahu by demanding Israel retreat to what we both know are indefensible borders? Can you possibly defend any of this, or President Obama's non-action on Iran or his championing of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Can you really say honestly that you're unaware of this president's long time intimate association with Israel bashers and anti-semites? Can you imagine what a second term for this president might mean to Israel and the Jews? And you claim that you and the ADL are 'fighting anti-semitism'?

In fact, whether you realize it or not, you are aiding and abetting it, along with the AJC, most of the Council of Presidents and far too much of the self-styled Jewish leadership. This is exactly what occurred during the Shoah, Rabbi, and it's a story I'm sure you know well, although it's probably inconvenient and unpleasant for you to recall it.

I've met you personally at several functions, even had the opportunity to engage in several conversations with you. I'm appealing to the human being behind the title and facade to step into the light.

This goes beyond things like 'Republican' and 'Democrat' and deals with simple human decency and the survival of the Jewish people and Israel. I urge you to think about what you're doing, really think about it.

You could use name and your position do the right thing and truly defend the Jewish people and Israel. Or you can turn away, and try to justify it to your conscience.

Sincerely,
Rob Miller

By the way, Rabbi Foxman's e-mail is afoxman@adl.org

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