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Jonathan A. Greenblatt is CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

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On Charleston Anniversary We Grieve -- And Call For Action

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 6:29 PM

One year ago, a white supremacist shot and killed nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A little less than a week ago, another shooter consumed with hate shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, wounding 53 more.

Overwhelmed as...

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Jonathan Greenblatt: BDS Must be Taken on With Every Measure of Seriousness

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 5:10 PM

On May 31st, I addressed the Ambassadors Against BDS International Summit at the United Nations, which was hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN:

The following are my remarks as delivered:

It is ironic to be speaking today here at the United Nations. The UN is the place that...

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The History of Anti-Semitism and the Shoah

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 10:50 AM


As an organization dedicated to combatting anti-Semitism and fighting against all forms of bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League speaks often about the Holocaust both from a Jewish framework and from one that addresses hatred and genocide in the world at large.

The moral lesson...

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This Passover Let Us Remember That Once We Were Strangers, Too

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 5:17 PM

This Friday night, Jews around the world will gather at Seder tables with friends and family to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. We are commanded to tell the story as if we had personally fled slavery, transforming the experience from the simple recounting of an ancient tale...

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Reconciliation Cannot Mean Turning a Blind Eye to Farrakhan's Anti-Semitism

(9) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 10:44 AM

As the new CEO of ADL, I have recommitted ADL to our historic civil rights agenda. In my short tenure as head of ADL, I have brought my leadership team to the cradle of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Selma and Montgomery to recommit to our immense task of...

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Our New Forum For Ideas, ADL@SALON

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 9:33 AM


I have always believed that it takes more than one person, one leader, or one institution to solve the toughest challenges. As I began my tenure as CEO six months ago, I realized that in order to achieve our timeless mission -- to...

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Crossing the Line: When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitic

(58) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:21 PM

In the wake of a protest against a reception featuring an Israeli community group at a recent LGBTQ conference, there has been widespread controversy. We have read blog posts and articles, watched videos of the protest, and heard from friends and allies who were present at the demonstration.

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반유대주의에 맞서 싸우기, 프랑스를 위해 싸우기

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 5:23 PM

1년 전 이번 주에 ISIS와 연계된 이슬람 극단주의자들이 파리의 하이퍼 캐셔 코셔 슈퍼마켓에서 유대인 4명을 살해했다. 역시 ISIS의 훈련을 받은 자들이 샤를리 에브도의 언론인들과 경찰들을 사살한 극악무도한 사건이 일어난 지 불과 이틀 뒤였다.

2012년에는 알 카에다와 연계되었다고 주장하는 테러리스트가 몽토방에서 군인 3명을 죽이고 며칠 후 툴루즈의 유대인 학교에서 랍비 1명과...

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5 Things We Hope to Hear in the President's State of the Union Speech

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 7:39 PM

President Obama has said that his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12 will be framed around "the big things" he sees as being priorities in the years to come, rather than taking a policy-centric approach to the speech. He has said that there is more work...

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Fighting Anti-Semitism, Fighting for France

(7) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 7:35 AM

One year ago this week, an ISIS-affiliated Islamic extremist murdered four Jews at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. That attack followed the shootings of the Charlie Hebdo journalists and police officers just two days earlier, a heinous act also committed by ISIS trained terrorists.

In 2012, a...

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Closing the Borders to Refugees: Wrong in the 1930s, and Wrong Today

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 10:13 AM

In July 1938 -- three years after the Nuremberg Laws had stripped Jews of German citizenship, deprived them of most political rights, and left hundreds of thousands of Jews seeking international refuge -- Fortune magazine asked Americans, "What is your attitude toward allowing German, Austrian, and other political...

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Getting the U.S.-Israel Relationship Back on Track

(50) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 7:01 PM

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives this weekend in the U.S. and prepares to meet President Obama next week, there is an opportunity for the two countries to reboot relations heading into the final stretch of the Obama Administration.

Some believe this will be challenging. Many have written about...

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Why the Holocaust Has No Place in the Gun Debate

(7) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 10:48 PM

With the campaign season in full swing, the debate over gun control laws once again has taken center stage. As the candidates reacted to the senseless mass shooting in Oregon two weeks ago, an old meme about guns, Hitler and the Holocaust resurfaced.

The argument goes...

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Pope Francis From a Jewish Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Pope Francis is about to embark on his first official visit to the United States. In a short period of time, this pontiff has emerged as a remarkable leader whose compassion and inclusivity have inspired people around the world. His recent call for all Catholic institutions in Europe to take...

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When Hateful Speech Leads to Hate Crimes: Taking Bigotry Out of the Immigration Debate

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 5:18 PM

When police arrived at the scene in Boston, they found a Latino man shaking on the ground, his face apparently soaked in urine, with a broken nose. His arms and chest had been beaten. One of the two brothers arrested and charged with the hate crime reportedly told...

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Where We Stand on the Iran Deal

(10) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 8:37 PM

The debate about the Iran nuclear deal has compelled us to consult with members of Congress and Administration officials as well as to engage numerous experts to elicit a deeper understanding of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and its implications for the United States.

From the beginning,...

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On the 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Legislate

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Fifty years ago, as President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, he said, "Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield."

The analogy was apt. People had indeed given their blood -- and in some...

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Commemorating AmeriCorps Week: Expanding Opportunity Through Service

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 1:47 PM

National service is one of America's most hallowed traditions. As Alexis De Tocqueville noted in 1835, we are a nation of joiners. Ours is a country where people take collective action for the good of all.

Since the early 1900s, government has created conditions that make it easier for people...

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Social Impact Bonds Bring Social Innovation to the Bay State

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 12:07 PM

It does not have the presidential allure of CGI or the whiz-bang feel of TED, but the Milken Global Conference, which wrapped up last week, deserves a spot in the canon of conferences. Under the canopy of the Southern California sun, it convenes the...

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How Will You Show Some Love? Reinventing Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 9:42 AM

Its Valentine's Day -- and many of us will spend today tending to our relationships. It's certainly a special thing when we pause to appreciate our loved ones. But perhaps we can raise our game in 2011 and do a bit more on this date.

This idea is inspired directly...

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