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Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 1987, is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination. He is the co-author of Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and author of Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype (Palgrave Macmillan, Nov. 2010), The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003).

In the forefront of major issues of the day, including the rise of global anti-Semitism, the war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance, interfaith relations, the State of Israel, and issues relating to the Holocaust, he consistently speaks out against hatred and violence wherever they occur.

Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust by his Polish Catholic nursemaid who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. His parents survived the war, but 14 members of his family were lost. He arrived in America in 1950 with his parents.

A graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Foxman has a B.A. in political science from the City College of the City University of New York, graduating with honors in history. He holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, and did graduate work in advanced Judaic studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and in international economics at The New School for Social Research. Mr. Foxman is fluent in several languages. He joined ADL in 1965.

Mr. Foxman appears frequently on national news programs and is quoted often in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek, among other media. His op-eds have appeared in newspapers across the country and his blog, “A Point of View,” is on The Jerusalem Post website.

His many awards and Honorary Degrees include:

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Yeshiva University (2008); Honorary Doctorate, Bar Ilan University (2007); French Legion of Honor Award (2006); Commendatore of the Italian Republic( 2004); Martin Luther King, Jr. and Donald R. Mintz Freedom and Justice Award, Dillard University (1997); Townsend Harris Medal, City College of New York Alumni Association (1994); Ellis Island Medal of Honor (1993); Honorary Doctor of Law degree, Florida International University (1992).

Entries by Abraham H. Foxman

Gaza's Future: It's Up to the International Community

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:28 PM

The "barbaric violation of the cease-fire agreement," in the words of the White House spokesman, by Hamas when they attacked Israeli soldiers, killing two and taking one hostage, sums up the challenge facing Israel and the West in this vital conflict.

An organization that launches rockets at civilians, uses its...

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Erdogan's 'Reassuring' Words to Turkey's Jews Are Anything But

(75) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 2:37 PM

When it comes to the safety of the Jewish community in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to think he can have it both ways.

On one hand, he makes clear that the Jewish community should feel safe in their own country as passions have erupted into street demonstrations...

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Naftali, Eyal, Gilad and the Palestinian Culture of Hate

(63) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:58 AM

The barbaric kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar sent shockwaves of horror across the world. For 18 long days, decent people around the globe joined with Israelis and Jews anxiously awaiting information about the teens' fate, hoping and praying for their safe and quick return....

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Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. With the stroke of a pen, the federal government blotted out "separate but equal," put the power of the Department of Justice behind desegregation of public schools, and laid the foundation for...

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More Concerning The Death of Klinghoffer

(7) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Since the Metropolitan Opera's announcement that it would cancel plans for a global simulcast of the controversial John Adams opera, The Death of Klinghoffer in response to concerns that the opera's broadcast to 66 countries around the world could promote anti-Semitism and legitimize terrorism, there have...

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The Significance of the Pope's Upcoming Visit to Israel

(27) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Pope Francis' trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.
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New Data on Anti-Semitism Worldwide: Pernicious, Persistent & Pervasive

(13) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 12:47 PM

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 with a mission to combat anti-Semitism. Even at that time we took upon ourselves the responsibility to stand up against all forms of bigotry, but the primary purpose of the organization to this day is the struggle against anti-Semitism.

That is why the...

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As Israel Turns 66, a Shifting Focus for the Jewish State

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:30 PM

As Israel turns 66 years old, it is important to not only reflect on the country's accomplishments, but also to look at and understand the direction in which the Jewish State is headed.

Six and a half decades after its establishment, it is worth noting that Israel is still a...

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Peace Process Blame Game Won't Help the Parties Get There

(33) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Voices from the past, disconnected from today's realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have come together at a time of crisis in the negotiations to tell Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel's key negotiating positions are unreasonable, untenable and unsupportable and to press the Obama administration to adopt their skewed...

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Russia Plays the Anti-Semitism Card

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:54 PM

When the Serbs and Croats were involved in conflict in the early 1990s, prior to the Balkan war spreading to Bosnia, the Jewish community in America was getting calls from Serbian Jews urging our communal defense organizations to support the Serbs because of Croatian treatment of its Jews during the...

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Iranian Missiles and the Negotiations

(4) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:34 PM

News of the Israel Defense Forces' interception of an Iranian cargo ship loaded with rockets and other unspecified arms destined for the Gaza Strip comes as no surprise. It is a stark reminder to the international community that there is more to dealing with Iran than getting to an acceptable...

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In Ukraine, New Government Must Reassure Jewish Community

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:35 PM

The Ukrainian Jewish community is nervous. The ultra-nationalist Svoboda party, with its history of anti-Semitism and platform of ethnic nationalism, won more than 10 percent of the vote in October 2012, shared the political leadership of the Maidan revolution over the past months, and just this week received three ministries...

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Son of God Is the Anti-Gibson

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Ten years ago, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ film was released amid a swirl of controversy and after a relentless public relations campaign playing up the director's celebrity status and his adamant refusal to change the film amid concerns of insensitivity and anti-Semitism.

Gibson's Passion was a passion...

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Global Anti-Semitism and the Erosion of Shame

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Some of my worst fears about a resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world seem to be coming true. I have been talking for some time about the unique dynamic of anti-Semitism as a phenomenon and the changing world environment, which together are likely to cause a resurgence of anti-Semitism going...

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Open Letter to John Kerry: Tough Talk in Munich Threatens to Undo Peace Process

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We are writing to you at this moment with great respect for the exemplary and devoted efforts you are putting in to try to move peace forward between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

We have all witnessed the suffering and loss on all sides as the conflict...

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What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

(48) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:28 PM

SodaStream, the Israeli gadget for homemade seltzer and soda, is the boogey man du jour for activists supporting the boycott-divestment-sanctions (BDS) movement. Retailers around the world have been lobbied to remove SodaStream products from their shelves. A public radio station in San Francisco recently succumbed to pressure to remove the...

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Aftermath Film Powerfully Evokes Polish Anti-Semitism

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 1:20 PM

After Germany itself, no country has been more scrutinized for its behavior during the Holocaust than Poland. This is understandable considering the fact that 3 million Jews lived in Poland and the fact that the largest death camps were in Poland.

Sometimes, however, this scrutiny takes awkward turns. From...

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Exposing the Israel Bashers: Opinions Without Facts, Facts Without Context

(18) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:04 AM

How appealing, even seductive, it is to justify prejudiced expressions by simply asserting the defense of "we're just expressing our opinion." Very few of us would feel comfortable arguing that people shouldn't be able to say what they think about almost anything.

So, why all the fuss and bother about...

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Why Israel Will Miss Ariel Sharon

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:06 AM

JERUSALEM -- I was privileged to know, appreciate, and befriend Ariel Sharon for both before and during the years he served as Israel's 11th prime minister. He became, through the years, a dear friend. In today's parlance, we were on each other's "like list." We frequently spoke on the phone....

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A Letter to the Editors

(251) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:24 PM

This post is a letter to the editors of the Huffington Post from Abraham H. Foxman on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League.

To the Editor:

We were deeply disturbed by the Huffington Post's front-page handling on December 19 of the bipartisan introduction in the Senate of the Nuclear Weapon Free...

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