Monday, June 18, 2012

Make Up Your Mind, ADL!

It seems that the so-called Anti-Defamation League, which spends most of its time defaming anyone who speaks out in support of Palestinian rights, is having quite a difficult time figuring out if we're effective or not.

Two years ago, the ADL put us on their Top Ten list of most influential organizations advocating for Palestinian rights in the United States. We took that as a badge of honor.  (By the way, thanks, ADL, for including us on your list. We raised a ton of money off of it!) Unfortunately they alphabetized their list, so we weren't sure exactly where we stood in their rankings, but, hey, the top ten is the top ten, right?

Then on June 5, the ADL announced they unlocked the mysteries of the universe by managing to infiltrate one of our conference calls.  It was undoubtedly very difficult to do and their donors should be very proud of them (we had publicized the call-in number and code for the call and didn't require any RSVP). Yet, in the hour-long call, the ADL didn't manage to find one word of anti-Semitism.  If they did, surely they would have trumpeted that fact. We were very disheartened though to learn that the ADL thinks that we might be slipping off their top ten list when they opined that "none of these efforts [our campaigning to raise awareness about and organize to end U.S. military aid to Israel] seem to have much legs."

Bummer.  Maybe, ADL, we need to learn from you as to how to be effective? According to the Daily Beast's Michelle Goldberg, here's how your organization operates:
The ADL sent spies into the American anti-apartheid movement, as well as other movements critical of right-wing American foreign policy. Eventually, the organization was surveilling much of the American left. In 1993, a California police raid on the offices of the ADL and one of its investigators yielded files on Greenpeace, the NAACP, Act Up, New Jewish Agenda, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and several Democratic politicians, among hundreds of others. The ADL eventually settled a class-action lawsuit brought by several of its targets.
Then again, nah, we don't want to take any lessons from you.  We'll keep our organizing efforts principled and above board.

But, lo and behold, our spirits picked back up again last Friday, when we saw that the ADL had reversed track and is now very concerned about our "continued effort to marginalize Israel through advertisements," noting that we helped publicize a new billboard campaign in Los Angeles undertaken by the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel to raise awareness about ending U.S. military aid to Israel.

Oh yeah, thanks for ripping off our picture, ADL, and not even bothering to credit us. We noticed.

By the way, you can check out the ad campaign and sign a petition to the advertiser thanking them for running these ads here.