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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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Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe: History Repeating Once Again

(324) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 5:43 PM

The anti-Semitism news from Europe in over the past year has been terrible: Jews murdered in Paris and Copenhagen, synagogues attacked by mobs and firebombed, and increasing Jewish emigration attributed to fear of more attacks.

A new poll on anti-Semitic attitudes, however, may offer some reason for...

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Public Figures and Petty Hatred

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Here at the Anti-Defamation League, we get it all the time. Most recently when we criticized Jarryd Hayne, a former Australian rugby star and now a running back on the San Francisco 49ers, for revisiting the ancient charge blaming Jews for the death of Christ.

Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg...

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The Time to Address Gun Violence Is Now

(546) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Last week in Charleston we were tragically reminded yet again that domestic extremists pose a serious threat to our society. And the threat they pose is magnified many times over when extremists like self-confessed shooter Dylann Roof have firearms.

Simply put, guns in the hands of extremists...

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Anti-Semitism on Campus: Old Wine in New Bottles

(75) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 2:54 PM

As someone who has been critical about the sometimes overheated reaction to what is taking place regarding Jews on campus, I also believe it is vital to monitor the situation closely and to be able to reevaluate as things may change.

I still believe that the vast majority of Jewish...

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Israel's Independence at 67: Living Up to the Ideals of Its Founders

(14) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:09 PM

As Israel celebrates its 67th Independence Day, it is easy to fall into one or two categories in reaction.

One entails an "oy gevalt syndrome" -- the sky is falling. Just look at Israel and its relations with its main ally, the United States. After national elections, an Israeli government...

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How to Deal With Iranian Expansionism

(49) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:01 PM

At the very moment that a nuclear deal with Iran is looking closer to reality, Iran is expanding its influence throughout the Middle East. To the Saudis, the Emirates and Israel -- all of whom see Iran as the greatest threat in the region -- this is a disturbing phenomenon.

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Restarting the U.S.-Israel Relationship Depends on Palestinians Too

(79) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:20 PM

As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements now coming out of the White...

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A French Leader Speaks for His Nation's Jews and His Nation

(70) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:13 PM

The horrific terrorism that took place in Paris at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and at the Hyper Cacher market last month still resonates with all of us.

When we realize that Ahmed Coulibaly deliberately chose to attack a small, vulnerable, unguarded kosher market on a Friday afternoon just before...

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Time to Stop the Circus and Focus on Iran

(258) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 10:48 AM

I have recently written about the enormously high stakes involved in getting the Iran nuclear issue right. There is a broad consensus on this and on the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran. Yet, as the clock winds down on negotiations between Iran and the P-5+1, important differences...

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What We Learned From Auschwitz

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:36 PM

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which will be marked January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, comes at a time when some are asking: Is it happening all over again in Europe?

We know the rational answer to that question. As bad as the resurgence of anti-Semitism...

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Calling Radical Islam What It Is

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:10 PM

If we want to win the war against radical Islam -- and in my view it should be the number one priority of the Western and Muslim worlds -- we need to call it what it is. Too often, out of a misplaced sense of political correctness, political leaders, including...

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Don't Hand the Bigots Another Victory

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:37 PM

For more than three decades, white supremacist and former Klansman Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. wore his hatred on his sleeve -- sometimes literally.

But now that he has traded his swastikas and Klan regalia for an orange prison jumpsuit, one would have hoped that his record of hateful venom against...

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Sweden's Recognition of 'Palestine' Premature and Ill-Advised

(9) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Many observers were surprised by the sudden announcement by the newly elected prime minister of Sweden that his country would become the first in the European Union to formally recognize the "State of Palestine."

The announcement by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, which stipulated that his new government would...

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Reflections on the Jewish New Year

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:37 PM

On the advent of the Jewish New Year, which begins on Wednesday night, it is a tradition for the national chair and national director of the Anti-Defamation League to offer up some thoughts on the year that has passed, and expectations for the year ahead. Below is this year's piece,...

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 6:28 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

(23) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:37 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 | 10:58 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 | 11:12 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 | 6:46 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 | 12:19 PM

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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