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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).

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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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Anti-Semitism: The Week in Review

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:26 PM

In the struggle against anti-Semitism and prejudice, there are days, and sometimes even weeks that go by when all is quiet, and when the actions of bigots seem to be in check. And it seems during those quiet periods that the haters -- while never entirely disappearing from the scene...

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The Book Thief Entertains and Educates

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:02 AM

In recent years, Hollywood, for better or worse, has played a significant role in educating the public about the Holocaust and its contemporary implications. Sophie's Choice, Schindler's List, Life is Beautiful, the recently released Aftermath, along with many other films, have created some degree of popular cognizance about...

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Saudis and the Bomb

(18) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:57 PM

One of the most significant stories to appear in some time is the one in which it was reported that Saudi Arabia was said to have purchased a weapon from Pakistan ready for delivery if and when Iran goes nuclear.

Underlying this story are two themes; one about how urgent...

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America's Evolving Middle East Policy

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:54 PM

William Buckley Jr. once wrote that Henry Kissinger will be remembered a hundred years from now more for his masterful two volumes on his years as national security advisor and secretary of state than for his actual tenure in those positions.

Buckley's comment comes to mind as we watch American...

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Sports Teams: Why Majority Doesn't Make the Rules

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:22 PM

There's been a lot of talk about sports lately, though not all having to do with the game itself.

Something disconcerting brings sports into the limelight that sullies the positive spirit of inclusiveness in our nation's favorite pastimes.

Recently, in an interview with The Associated Press, President Obama...

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Abbas at the UN -- Progress, But a Long Way to Go

(153) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Each September, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stands before the United Nations General Assembly and in fiery, confrontational language, gives a speech almost fully comprised of allegations of Israel's crimes and misdeeds against the Palestinian people.

In past years, in making the case for Palestinian nationhood and independence, Abbas has...

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Much More Than Dreams: Acting to Fulfill the Promise of Dr. King's Vision

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:23 PM

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial and delivered what would become one of the most memorable and influential speeches in history.

In his "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. King challenged America, stating that "we will not be...

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An Open Letter to Roger Waters

(51) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Dear Mr. Waters:

Your recent statements about Israel and advocacy for BDS have garnered significant condemnation, with some going as far as to label you an anti-Semite. This is not the first time you have encountered such allegations.

Over the past few years, you have incorporated Jewish imagery into your...

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