Abe Foxman in Search of Enemies

by Philip Giraldi

Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, would be unemployed if he couldn’t demonstrate that the world is awash in anti-Semitism. In his latest foray in self-justification, he was interviewed by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on June 12.

Foxman states that 30% of Americans believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than they are to the United States. He does not cite the evidence for that statement and fails to indicate how exactly the question was phrased or the poll conducted. There are many possible ways to frame the issues related to the connection that American Jews feel with the state of Israel. Was the query really “Are Jews more loyal to Israel than to the United States?” That is a question that deliberately elicits an answer without any nuance.

One wonders why anyone should be asking these types of questions anyway and to what purpose, and it might well be that Foxman himself commissioned the polls to keep support for his organization at a high level. If anything has become clear over the past several years, it is that there is a diversity of Jewish opinion, most particularly about the relationship of Jews to the state of Israel. Many Jews do not relate to Israel at all, while others, like Foxman, are unbalanced in how they regard it. I suspect that if Foxman’s poll had been conducted with questions that were more nuanced, a large majority of Americans generally would agree that most American Jews put U.S. national interests first even if some do not, and the polling might also reveal that most understand that there is no such thing as a monolithic Jewish viewpoint on the subject of Israel.

Foxman, of course, represents an organization that is a major component of the Israel Lobby. Jewish organizations, like their Christian Zionist counterparts, tend to line up behind what the Israeli government does no matter what. Foxman’s simplistic polling and the Haaretz interview have a political purpose, which is to suggest that Israel and the Jewish people are constantly under threat, a contention that inter alia supports the existence of Foxman’s organization. It also enables Foxman to avoid the sometimes devilishly difficult task of defining national interests in terms that everyone will accept. A different series of questions, breaking down the U.S.-Israel relationship by various interests or priorities, would have revealed that many Americans — both Jews and Gentiles — believe that Israel and the United States have largely identical concerns, at least in foreign and security policies. That result would not be surprising, given the narrative that has prevailed in the United States since 9/11, and it makes the issue of loyalty itself somewhat fuzzy. The “we are fighting terrorism together” argument is certainly a wedge issue that the Israeli political leadership and its supporters in Congress and the media have exploited to the fullest to paper over the idiosyncrasies in the Israel-U.S. relationship.

There is certainly strong evidence that the United States does not exactly embrace anti-Semitism. Jews are the best-educated and wealthiest segment of the U.S. population, statistically overrepresented in the arts, professions, media, universities, and politics. Thirteen senators and 27 representatives are Jewish. The head of the Democratic National Committee is Jewish, as is the majority leader in the House of Representatives. There are three Jews on the nine-member Supreme Court. Four out of six Federal Reserve Board governors and seven out of 12 Fed District Bank presidents are Jewish. If there is rampant anti-Semitism in the U.S., it is difficult to discern from the numbers.

And lest there be any confusion, Foxman also explained to Haaretz how he defines an anti-Semite. It is someone who criticizes Israel but doesn’t say anything good about it. By that standard, he calls Professor John Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, an anti-Semite. He has also stated that former President Jimmy Carter has been “engaging in anti-Semitism.” Foxman conveniently conflates most criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. And by Foxman’s (il)logic, anyone who criticizes any politician or political party without saying something good is “not sincere, not honest … certainly biased.” Half the punditry in Washington would fail the Foxman litmus test on any one of a number of issues.

Foxman is also reportedly appalled that people are discussing everywhere and even in the mainstream media whether American Jews control the country’s foreign policy and “that Israel and the Jews are pushing American into a war with Iran.” Well, Foxman has basically set up a straw man, as I don’t know anyone respectable who claims that Jews control U.S. foreign policy. Many observers do claim that the Israel Lobby, which is not all Jewish, essentially defines what is acceptable in terms of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Effectively promoting a special interest, which has been demonstrated in books like The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, is not the same as controlling U.S. foreign policy. And as for Israel pushing America into war with Iran, one would have to ask if Foxman has listened to repeated demands coming from the Israeli government? Or has he attended the annual AIPAC conference recently? If he has done either, he knows that is precisely what the organized Israel Lobby is doing even though many American Jews themselves oppose the call for war.

Foxman sees prejudice against Jews everywhere he looks, but has trouble seeing bias within himself. He was one of the leaders in the fight against an Islamic center being located near Ground Zero in New York City. He defended his opposition by saying that “survivors of the Holocaust are entitled to feelings that are irrational. Their anguish entitles them to positions that others would characterize as irrational or bigoted.” He later called his statement an “inarticulate quote,” but he has never backed away from his contention that he believes himself to be not exactly bound by the rules in place for the rest of us because of his unique suffering.

More recently, Foxman has criticized race riots in Tel Aviv targeting Africans, who have been described by leading Israeli politicians as “infiltrators” and a “cancer,” while carefully and repeatedly noting that the violence was in response to crimes committed by the refugees, his way of always exonerating Israeli actions while delivering the mildest possible slap on the wrist. In contrast to his generous understanding of what he sees as the Israeli dilemma on immigrants, he is tough on his fellow citizens who oppose illegal immigration in the U.S. In May 2010 he referred to Arizona’s illegal immigrant legislation as an example of “nativism” and “bigotry,” manifestly “mean spirited” and xenophobic. He has not commented on the recent statement by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai that Africans must learn that “Israel is for the white man.” Even Foxman might find it difficult to explain that one.

  1. #1 by Marc Daniele on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Mr Giraldi
    Althought I like some of this column, I have to daw your attention to the INDISPUTABLE FACT that israel DID 9/11! We could also bring up The Lavon Affair, The USS Liberty, The Balfour Declaration and Lusitainia, The Beirut Marine Barracks, Khobar Tower, and Okl City Bombings, USS Cole, Johathan Polard/AIPAC/ADL Treasons, etc.!
    And that’s not to mention it was the likes of former ‘israeli leader” M. Begin, the “irgun”, and the “stern gang” that introduced the ME, and the world to “terrorism”!
    I also beg to differ with you about anti-semitism, even-though 90% of the worlds “jewish” population ARE NOT “semites”, like the Palestinians, etc.! From what I seen, many here in the US are becoming aware of the overwhelming number of “jewish” crimes, and are sick of it! Not to mention ready to act to restore our Republic!

    US Army Veteran
    Marc C. Daniele
    Hercy, Mo.

  2. #2 by on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    So what. F- judgmental jew bastards, always blame others for their own iniquity!

    30% are traitors! ..but it’s your fault, you antisemite!

    There’s one word to describe passive-aggressive lying headcase *nts like that — FAKE.

    Saying something good about ‘israel’ is like praising Foxman for impersonating Sumo wrestlers.

  3. #3 by amerikagulag on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Abe Foxman!!! Better get a bucket! It’s Mr Creosote!

  4. #4 by Matthew/Boston on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    It’s a small world!

    I attended an Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth showing of their latest documentary regarding nanothermite explosives found in the debree of the former buildings 1,2, and 7. Mr. Richard Gage is the host. There was an introduction to the movie by Mr. Gage, and following the movie a lengthy question and answer session. This was just outside Boston.

    Prior to the start I was standing just inside the theater from the lobby when next to me was Mr. Gage talking to another fellow who appeared to be running the event. He was instructed to take the microphone from anyone who would begin to blame Israel. I’m never shy, and I made a remark to Mr. Gage hoping to get him to elaborate briefly on that. He said it would do no good in furthering the cause. I made a brief and respectful comment that I was somewhat sorry to hear it, but that I understood.

    Mr. gage walked away and the fellow he was speaking with approached me and told me of a very good site I should check out. “The Ugly Truth” he said. Wow, I said or thought. I told him I post in there almost every day. He said he posts in there as well. He asked me the name I post under and I told him, then he told me what name he posts under.

    Small world. And Mark’s site has a reputation and following. (I decided not to take the liberty of mentioning his name here. Mark might add it.)

    If Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth comes to your town, please support them and go! It was a well done presentation. Tell your friends and acquaitances and bring them. I did.


  5. #5 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Defamation – A Yoav Shamir Film

    What is Antisemitism today, two generations after the Holocaust? In his continuing exploration of modern Israeli life, director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred”, and comes up with some startling answers.

  6. #6 by Matthew/Boston on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    It was “Freedom From False Flag Attacks” , “Pete” or “Peter”

  7. #7 by Ponders70 on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Would that I could, I would snap my
    fingers and he would drop. Drop like
    the sack of shi$ that he is. Cancers
    need to be surgically removed, poisoned
    and then irradiated.
    Same rules apply.

  8. #8 by lolathecur on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    What a joke this this guy is. Me anti – semitic? Hell no, i have nothing against arabs.

  9. #9 by lolathecur on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    I have nothing against jews either even though they are not semites as long as they do not hold this mans opinion. Let israel worry about israel as we have our own problems and should not be sending them aid while our country is starving. This is insanity. My question though would be , ” if they have no unbalanced influence here, why must anyone in our government bow down to their wishes or lose their positions?”

  10. #10 by ruby22-kate on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Philip Giraldi has written a brilliant essay on Abe Foxman.

    Abe Foxman, under his own definition of anti-semitism, convicts himself. His hate filled screeds are scarcely balanced, has he ever had a supportive word for the Semites who do not happen to be Jewish?

    I have news for Mr. Foxman, his suffering in not unique. Most everyone suffers in life, suffering is not unique in general, but each person’s suffering is unique to themselves.

  11. #11 by Naeem on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Does anyone know the documentary when mafia foxman sat down with the ukrainian ambassador and told him not to make too much noise about the ukrainian holocaust esp over the jesih holocaust. The man just nod and took it i guess the deaths of millions doesn’t really need to broadcast esp when mafia abe tells you to.

  12. #12 by Matthew/Boston on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Years of Foxman’s true mean-spirited nature is clearly reflected in his face.

  13. #13 by equalizer on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Read, “The Ugly Truth About The ADL”…………it sums it all up……..leopards don’t change their spots. It’s time for a San Fransico redux…….I’d be happy to testify if I’m still alive, or physically capable of doing so.

    The needle stick the other night (there is some type of device in my house that emits substances into the air-heavy metal, sedatives for example; while I was unconscious, a needle was inserted into the anterior aspect of my left arm and, I believe, a dose of radioisotopes were delivered into my bloodstream. Maybe Abe Foxman knows something about this. l was told Abe Foxman ordered the microwave torture on me.) is adversly affecting me and, they may have stuck me with a contaminated at the lab day before yeserday while attempting to discover, thru a blood test, if my thyroid is malfunctioning…I made the tech get another box of needles, but the box was not sealed……I virtually have no way of getting medical help without possibility of the jews hurting me.

    The jews need to be locked up so noone else will be harmed the way I’ve been harmed….the way millions of others have been harmed.

    Unless this is done, within the next couple of months; something awful WILL happen.

    p.s. please don’t tell me to leave/move….I was stalked, terrorized, poisoned, infected with other needles and tortured relentlessly with directed energy weapons; while trying to find a place in the western u.s. to be safe. With rare exception, they always found me, and hurt me.

  14. #14 by Kalki on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Vile turd.. This guy is a filthy conniving rat. Aptly in charge of the ‘Defamation League’.

    I don’t agree with a lot of what’s written in the article either – a few of those points are mentioned by commenter #1.

  15. #15 by ruby22-kate on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Eq: I feel so bad at all the abuse you’ve endured, if there is any way I can help please ask.

    Maybe you could take a vacation here, I have plenty of room and could show you the sites, or you could hibernate in privacy, only condition is you must like dogs, I have 2 dogs and a cat.

    I know you’ve tried everything you could think of, but I’m pretty much under the radar, and I think you’d be safe.

  16. #16 by sam.r 2540 on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Ditto;Marc. Keep it coming Mr.Giraldi. THANKS !

  17. #17 by amerikagulag on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    I’m not an anti-semite! I LOVE the Palestinian people…and the Iraqi people….and the Afghan people. What I hate is religions based on FALSE history, preaching superiority, racism, hatred for others, and blaming all others for their own character deficiencies and pathological lying.

    They’ve been kicked out of dozens of countries throughout history. There MUST be a reason.

  18. #18 by 1776blues on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Back in March he was screaming the same about Europe. Hey Abe, check the world and you may just faint when you find it higher!


    Anti-Semitic sentiments in European countries are at “disturbingly high levels,” says a poll issued by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released Thursday.

    A great deal of the European population is proscribing to “classical anti-Semitic notions such as Jews having too much power in business, being more loyal to Israel than their own country, or ‘talking too much’ about what happened during the Holocaust,” the ADL Website notes.

  19. #19 by TruthOutJournal on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Dear Abe,

    Wait just a little longer. The Hoax and 911 are coming out and you’re in deep shit trouble Mister. Very deep deep trouble. Besides that, you are not even a semite. You are a eastern European. You promote the killing of innocent “true” semites every single day. You Abe Foxman are a Anti Semite. Oh yes, you are.

  20. #20 by on 06/28/2012 - 9:34



  21. #21 by Frank on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Mr Giraldi cannot come out and say it. He skirts around it. My Grandfather had no problems with it “mazza Christs” Christ killers. Time to listen to our ancestors!

  22. #22 by Kalki on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    Naeem (#13) is correct. I watched that documentary and saw the way Apefoxman threatened the Ukrainian diplomat with ‘consequences’ of equating the holodomor with the alleged jew hollywood holocaust. That says it all. These pricks are mafia thugs. True mafia – not spaghetti eating Italian mafia as portrayed by jewish hollywood. These louts are incorrigible. Scum of the earth.

  23. #23 by Marc Daniele on 06/28/2012 - 9:34

    @ Neaem #13
    “SazzyLilSmartAzz” #6 has thankfully posted the video you are asking about. Enjoy! Try not to laugh TOO hard!

    Again Sazzy thanks for posting this vid! Every American should see this CRAP!

    US Army Veteran
    Marc C. Daniele
    Hercy, Mo.

  24. #24 by on 06/29/2012 - 9:34

    The word I was looking for is PRETENTIOUS, meaning alterior-motive faketard.

  25. #25 by Teun on 06/29/2012 - 9:34

    @ #4

    Have you seen this movie yet?


  26. #26 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 06/30/2012 - 9:34

    The Forty Senators and Congressmen of Anti-Semitism

    23 Jun Written by Braveheart

    The United States now has over forty Jewish Congressmen and Senators. They include Joseph Lieberman, Charles Shumer, Al Franken and Eric Cantor, among others. Whenever Abe Foxman of the ADL screams about anti-Semitism in the United States, he fails to explain this key fact. How could an anti-Semitic society possibly elect such a wildly disproportionate number of Jews relative to their percentage in the population to office? For that matter, would an anti-Semitic society give Israel everything it wants? Would an anti-Semitic society overlok deliberate attacks on U.S. ships like the U.S.S. Liberty?

    Abe Foxman knows perfectly that real anti-Semitism is non-existent in U.S. society. But he also knows that his job depends on creating that which does not exist. Thus, he is always on the look out for the dread disease of anti-Semitism. The most trivial examples, from an anti-Israeli jibe by Patrick Buchanan to an anti-social Charlie Sheen identifying Chuck Lorre as Chaim Levine, brings Foxman charging to the battle front. Of course, Abe Foxman has more substantive matters to deal with. He managed to have “Pasque di Sangue” by Israeli professor Ariel Toaff pulped because Toaff argued that the famous Saint Simon Trent case in 15th century Italy was a real case of ritual murder. Foxman also lectures Ukrainian and other East European statesmen not to compare the crimes of Communism with the one and only Holy Holocaust. And, of course, Abe will not tolerate any discussion of how many of those Communist commissars were really Jews.

    Abe Foxman takes anti-Semitism as a self-evident evil and never inquires why anti-Semitism exists. Jewish behavior naturally has nothing to do with it. Thus, any suggestion that Jewish commissars provoked the Nazis ot that maybe some Jews really did and do put the interests of Israel above the interests of the United States will not be tolerated. Abe Foxman is not objective on the subject of anti-Semitism. Neither pictures of Jewish commissars or autographs of Jewish Congressmen shall impress him. Abe would find anti-Semitism in the assertion that Ben Diamond is a Miami beach mobster.

    Abe Foxman is not important in himself. He is important as a paradigm o fa mind set. That mind set is that the Jewish people, collectively, are as pure and innocent as the Christmas snow. No charge against them has any merit, regardless of facts. As offical spokesmen for this point of view, Abe Foxman uses coercion, public shaming and less laudable methods to silence those who think differently.


  27. #27 by Al Hind Sipahi on 06/30/2012 - 9:34

    Egyptian President to expose FBI in 1993 WTC bombing?


    Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi doesn’t believe the official story of 9/11.

    And he apparently also doubts the official story of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

    According to ABC News, President Morsi recently said:

    “”I see banners for Omar Abdel Rahman’s family, and for prisoners arrested according to martial rulings and detainees from the beginning of the revolution…It is my duty to make every effort, and I will beginning tomorrow, to secure their release, among them Omar Abdel Rahman.”

    Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called “blind Sheikh,” was the patsy-in-chief set up to take the blame for the mobbed-up New York FBI office’s bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. (The FBI also orchestrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, according to convicted bomber Terry Nichols.)

    Even the New York Times, which led the cover-up of both World Trade Center bombings, cited tapes proving that FBI informant Emad Salem, who created and led the 1993 bombing plot, repeatedly discussed with his FBI handlers the fact that the FBI was responsible for the bombing:

    “Do you deny,” Mr. Salem says he told the other agent, “your supervisor is the main reason of bombing the World Trade Center?” Mr. Salem said Mr. Anticev did not deny it. -NY Times

    Many if not all of the Muslims who were falsely convicted of the FBI’s act of terrorism were obviously innocent. Would Mohammed Salameh really have tried to get his $400 deposit back on the van used in the bombing if he had known about the plot? “Mohammed A. Salameh had returned three times to a Ryder Truck Rental dealer in Jersey City requesting a refund of the $400 cash deposit he had placed on a yellow Ford Econoline van.” -Who Bombed the U.S. World Trade Center? — 1993 Growing Evidence Points to Role of FBI Operative By Ralph Schoenman (published in Prevailing Winds Magazine, Number 3, 1993)

    Lynn Stewart, the lawyer for the innocent Muslims framed for the FBI’s act of terrorism, was herself convicted on trumped-up charges in retaliation for her efforts to expose the FBI’s terrorism and frame-up of her clients.

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