Mahmoud Abbas

Any organization that claims to combat anti-Semitism should join – not oppose – Netanyahu in condemning the PA leadership for demanding a Jew-free state. Would anyone support establishing any new state that would bar all blacks?

It is painful and frightening that Anti-Defamation League (ADL) head Jonathan Greenblatt (a former Obama administration official) joined with the Obama administration and Palestinian Arab terrorists to harshly condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accurately and appropriately condemning Palestinian Authority’s leaders’ stated goal to “ethnically cleanse” Jews from any future Palestinian State. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly insisted that a Palestinian state “would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands.”  That is ethnic cleansing of Jews.

Instead of furthering the ADL’s supposed mission of combating anti-Semitism, ADL leader Jonathan Greenblatt’s September 13, 2016 essay in Foreign Policy and on the front page of ADL’s website viciously and sarcastically condemned “Bibi” for telling the truth about monstrous PA anti-Semitism.

Jonathan Greenblatt’s essay also ignored the Palestinian Arab leadership’s numerous statements demanding ethnic cleansing of Jews (including from the Jewish people’s holiest areas in Jerusalem and Hebron), by eviction, discrimination and murder.   For instance:

Abbas: ‘We won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli’

In Dec. 2010, PA president Mahmoud Abbas said: “We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it … when a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israeli presence in it.

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the Dean of Al-Quds University, widely and falsely called a Palestinian moderate: “No Jew in the world, now or in the future . . .  will have the right to return, to live, or to demand to live in Hebron, in East Jerusalem, or anywhere in the Palestinian state” (Interview on Al-Jazeera, November 30, 2007, translation in ‘Palestinian Researcher Dr. Sari Nusseibeh on the Return of Palestinian Refugees,’ Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), November 30, 2007).

On September 16, 2015, on official Palestinian Authority (PA) television, PA President Mahmoud Abbas incited the current Palestinian Arab wave of terror, saying “The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours… and they [Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem. . . . We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. ”  (Official PA TV, Sept. 16, 2015 and official website of PA Chairman Abbas, Sept. 16, 2015, video available on Palestinian Media Watch)

In August 2014, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah party bragged on its Facebook page that it “has killed 11,000 Israelis”; and has “killed more Jews than Hamas.”

ADL Now Sides with Groups Hostile to Israel

Any organization that claims to combat anti-Semitism should join – not oppose – Netanyahu in condemning the PA leadership for demanding a Jew-free state.  Incredibly, the ADL’s leader instead uses twisted logic and a double standard to try to justify the PA leadership’s goal of a state (without recognizing Israel) in the Jewish holy land that will bar all Jews.   Would anyone support establishing any new state that would bar all blacks?

Sadly, Jonathan Greenblatt’s essay justifying the PA’s efforts to ethnically cleanse Jews from Jewish lands is part of a new ADL pattern.  Under Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL is now often siding with groups hostile to Israel.

ADL/Greenblatt should be vigorously combating radical Islamic terrorism at every opportunity.  Instead Greenblatt has been promoting and praising the extremist J Street; accusing fellow Jews of “Islamaphobia; continues to promote ADL educational materials encouraging high school students to join the radical Black Lives Matter protests.

Greenblatt’s stance is deeply troubling. There is nothing unreasonable about Netanyahu’s argument. Greenblatt ignores specific statements by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas. Greenblatt sides with the Obama administration against the government of Israel. From now on, ADL must be viewed as an ally of J Street. This is a betrayal of ADL’s long and honorable legacy and undermines ADL’s credibility in the fight against forces that threaten Israel and world Jewry. Greenblatt is the one who is playing crass political games. ADL needs to demand that Greenblatt retract his attack on the prime minister of Israel or step down.

By: Morton A. Klein and Elizabeth A. Berney, Esq
Klein is the president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Berney is ZOA’s director of Special Projects.

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