The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

The Anti-Defamation League Will Decide What’s Allowable

The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

On November 25th, Governor Andrew Cuomo of the State of New York signed into law a bill sponsored by State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and State Senator Todd Kaminsky, both Jewish,[1] requiring police across the state to receive mandatory “hate crimes recognition training.” The State Division of Human Rights and the Hate Crimes Task Force will now be developing procedures and implementing them along with its existing training protocol to “identify, report, and respond” to “hate crimes,” particularly since, according to Michael Schmidt, Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) of New York says, “As we have seen an alarming increase in hate crimes across New York State, particularly in Jewish communities, we are pleased that our police will now be trained to identify and report anti-Semitic and other hate crimes.” Rozic herself, while in the midst of campaigning to have the name of Donald J. Trump State Park changed to Heather D. Heyer State Park, allegedly received “anti-Semitic hate mail containing common white nationalistic phrases.” We can only speculate as to the real origin of this “hate mail,” but it is eerily reminiscent of the way that right after a proposed bill prohibiting criticism of Israel was struck down some graffiti was miraculously discovered in a Jewish cemetery, “compelling” French lawmakers to hasten through the law and to create a national “anti-hate crime office.” In a similar vein, we can probably venture an educated guess on who will advise—or more appropriately, supervise—the Division of Human Rights and the Hate Crimes Task Force on its training and procedures.

Cuomo himself recently made a trip to Israel to “further develop economic development opportunities with Israeli businesses and reinforce solidarity and support for the Jewish community.” He declared October 27th a “Day of Action to Combat Anti-Semitism,” issuing his proclamation at Central Synagogue in New York at an event organized by the AJC New York Regional Office, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the UJA Federation, and the synagogue itself. The members of Cuomo’s administration were to participate in the AJC’s #ShowUpForShabbat campaign. In 2016, Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state Office of General Services to create a list of companies determined by the state to “participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel.”[2]

In September, the New York State Police, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Hate Crimes Task Force, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York held four separate “hate crime investigation training seminars.” Seven of the last eight publicized “hate incidents” on the Task Force’s website involve “anti-Semitism.” Evan Bernstein, regional director of the ADL in New York and New Jersey, has been vociferous in his support for Cuomo’s measures, citing, once again, the “increase in anti-Semitic incidents.” The ADL trains 15,000 police officers annually and the FBI and the NYPD have already made their training mandatory. Also, according to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, “We work with the SPLC, for example, and the U.S. Holocaust Museum on some of that training for law enforcement and researching the bad guys…We [also] work with [the] ACLU.”

Michael Lieberman, ADL Washington Counsel and Director of the ADL Civil Rights Policy Planning Center, penned a piece for Dissent Magazine very much in favor of “hate crime” legislation. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced S. 852, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act in March (South Carolina passed a state-wide Anti-Semitism Awareness Act in 2018), citing ADL statistics in the press release. Indeed, the very concept and origin of “hate crime” legislation emerges from the SPLC and the ADL, the latter especially, as Kamban Naidoo writes:

As the Civil-Rights Movement gained momentum, civil-society organisations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Centre began compiling statistical reports to establish the number and frequency of crimes motivated by prejudice, bias and bigotry. In 1981 the Anti-Defamation League, concerned by the rise in crimes motivated by racial and ethnic bias and prejudice in the United States of America, particularly anti-Semitic crimes, and the fact that media exposure, education and law enforcement were ineffective, drafted a model hate-crime statute which recognised racial, religious and ethnic biases…The model statute was intended to influence state legislatures and the Federal government to enact hate-crime laws. The Anti-Defamation League’s model hate-crime statute had the desired effect since a number of state legislatures in the United States of America subsequently enacted laws based on the model statute. Shortly after the drafting of the Anti-Defamation League’s model hate-crime statute in 1981, the states of Oregon and Washington passed similar laws…Since the enactment of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act in 1990 a number of federal hate-crime laws have been passed in the United States of America. Contemporary hate-crime laws recognise a wide spectrum of victim characteristics that includes race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender and sexual orientation. These hate-crime laws include the Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act of 1994 and the Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Junior Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. To date, over forty-five American states and the District of Columbia have enacted hate-crime statutes based on the Anti-Defamation League’s model statute. The American trend to enact hate-crime laws has had some international impact, particularly in Western democratic countries. In 1998 the United Kingdom passed the Crime and Disorder Act which is the British equivalent of a hate-crime law and in 2003 France passed its first hate-crime law, which is commonly referred to as la loi Lellouche.[3],[4]

The ADL’s tracking of “anti-Semitic incidents” are uncritically accepted as gospel by the institutions and organizations they influence. Their goal of “combating extremism” is also a ploy for increased revenue; the New York-based “non-profit” has seen revenues climb alongside an increase in reported anti-Semitic incidents. According to Greenblatt:

As a 501c3, we’re non-political, but I don’t think there’s anything partisan about fighting prejudice…After the election day…you saw a massive spike in hate crimes and bias incidents (sic) directed at Jews, against Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants in general. And it was really very alarming. And this is the data. Again, there’s nothing political in pointing out the fact that that spike happened and it continued in the first half of this year. We saw in the first half of 2017 a 76 percent increase in bias incidents (sic) against Jews compared to the first half of last year. Nearly 1,000 incidents of harassment, vandalism and violence. Just against Jews…It is difficult to explain why the president would choose to focus his Twitter feed more on NFL players demonstrating their First Amendment rights versus white supremacists who literally have murdered several people over the course of this year: An Indian immigrant in Kansas City; two innocent bystanders in Portland, Oregon; an African-American ROTC student right here in the D.C. area. It’s hard to understand how you can equivocate on the unequivocal.[5]

In 2017, the ADL received $72 million in contributions and grants, the most for any year for which information is available, and a 17% increase from 2016. The ADL received a $2.5 million pledge in October from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “fight hate.” In 2017, the organization acknowledged that it had received a number of contributions from major donors such as J.P. Morgan, Apple, Uber, and MGM Resorts in addition to a $1 million contribution from James Murdoch. Other notable foundation funders have included the Ford Foundation and the Adelson Family Foundation of Sheldon Adelson. The Walter and Elise Haas Fund has also donated to the ADL.

In August, Cuomo advanced the New York State “Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act” to legally define “hate-fueled murder” as an act of domestic terrorism. Quoting Cuomo, “White supremacists, anti-Semites, anti-LGBTQ white nationalists—these are Americans committing mass hate crimes against other Americans and it should be recognized for what it is: domestic terrorism.”[6] George Selim, a former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security and now the ADL’s Senior Vice President for Programs, and Michael Masters, Director of the Secure Community Network security arm of national Jewish organizations, agree, citing ADL statistics on “white supremacist killings,” which necessitate “a 9/11-style response.” New York City Mayor (and former Democratic presidential candidate) Bill de Blasio—who has spent twenty-one years raising a black son in America, he’ll have you know![7]—announced the creation of the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crime earlier this year, headed by Deborah Lauter. From Haaretz:

She has decades of experience working in the Jewish community, including an 18-year run at the Anti-Defamation League from 1999 to 2017. During this time she led a push for the ultimately successful passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009. The new legislation expanded the hate crimes law to cover discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and disability…She will have a budget of $1.7 million for the coming year. “The Jewish community is pretty comfortable reporting crimes and hate crimes to the police,” Lauter notes. “That trust relationship has been established with a lot of work by the ADL and other groups making the connections.” Michael S. Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, welcomes Lauter’s appointment. “The opening of this new office led by Deborah tangibly conveys the message that the time is now to confront the rise in anti-Semitic incidents and other bias-motivated crime,” he says…She says that working to “cure” biases, stereotypes and hate defines her “not just as a Jew, but as an American.” Warming to her theme, she notes: “As a Jewish parent, I want my children to be safe and all children to be safe.” In addition to her own budget for the next year, Lauter says the city council has also allocated some $1 million for community organizations to engage in the prevention of hate crimes, which her office will oversee. Lauter’s former colleague at the ADL, Evan Bernstein, praises her appointment, stating that she has had a “long and distinguished professional career fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.”

“Addressing bigotry” through the curtailment of civil rights—for whites—is without a doubt “a very Jewish idea,” to borrow from Greenblatt. “100 years ago, the Jews—again, not only was there pervasive anti-Semitism, quotas kept them out of many universities, customs kept them out of many professions…Covenants didn’t let [Jews] live in many places…But they had this audacious—frankly it’s a very Jewish—idea, ‘We’ll fight for ourselves, but also fight for others.’” Greenblatt continues:

So over the next 100 years, they tore down a lot of those quotas, exposed a lot of those practices, they made America a better place for the Jewish community. And in the early ’50s, like in ’52, they filed an amicus brief in Brown v. Board of Education. Which was a bold, controversial thing to do. And they literally put people on those buses, the Freedom Rider buses, and they marched with Dr. King. And they stood up for the LGBTQ community in the ’80s. And I’ve heard these stories when people were afraid that gay men, you could catch AIDS from someone sneezing on you. The ADL stood up for them. And they stood up for immigrants in the ’50s. I could go on and on.[8]

What this amounts to is using “civil rights” as a cudgel, a means of censorship and social control while simultaneously advancing Jewish interests and, per former ADL CEO Abe Foxman, “make America as user-friendly to Jews as possible.”[9] Consider just a few examples of the naked calls for censorship by Jews within the past few years in the name of combating “hate speech”:

“Why America Needs a Hate Speech Law,” by Richard Stengel, The Washington Post, October 29th, 2019

“Is the First Amendment too Broad? The Case for Regulating Hate Speech in America,” by Noah Berlatsky, NBC News Think: Opinion, Analysis, Essays, December 23rd, 2017[10]

“Hate Speech is Free Speech—It’s Time that Changes,” by Abigail Steinberg, The Badger Herald, April 2nd, 2019

“Hate Speech is Free Speech, but Maybe it Shouldn’t Be,” by Michael C. Dorf, Take Care, April 25th, 2017

“Here is Why it’s Time to Get Tough on Hate Speech in America,” by Tanya Cohen, Thought Catalog, January 5th, 2015

Keynote Address at the ADL’s 2019 “Never is Now” Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate remarks by Sacha Baron Cohen, November 21st, 2019

It’s probably anti-Semitic and hateful to even notice these things, and certainly so to comment on them. How long before these thought-crimes are made illegal do you reckon?

 

[1] There were at least eight other Jewish co-sponsors as well. Kaminsky voiced his pride in seeing “this legislation I sponsored signed into law—it will go a long way to ensure law enforcement officers are adept at identifying, responding [to] and investigating these dastardly acts.” Rozic underscored its importance: “Society’s survival is dependent on rooting out anti-Semitism.” Well then.

[2] From Politico: “Then-New York consul-general Ido Aharoni said at that press conference that Israel ‘has had no truer friend’ than Cuomo. Malcolm Hoenlein, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the governor had sent ‘a clear message.’ The audience gave him a standing ovation…Opposition to the so-called BDS movement — a campaign designed to end the Israeli settlement of Palestinian territories by boycotting, divesting, and sanctioning Israel — has become a popular maneuver for politicians across the country to demonstrate their pro-Israel bona fides. New Jersey and Illinois have passed laws divesting their pension funds from companies backing BDS, and dozens of others are actively considering such a ban.” https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/12/muted-release-of-and-mixed-reaction-to-cuomos-bds-blacklist-107815

[3] http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1021-545X2016000100004#back_fn67

[4] https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/documents/assets/pdf/combating-hate/Hate-Crimes-Law.pdf

[5] https://www.vox.com/2017/11/17/16667352/transcript-anti-defamation-league-ceo-jonathan-greenblatt-rights-hate-speech-jew-recode-decode

[6] Interestingly, with respect to the “hate” statistics in New York City at least, the vast majority of “hate crimes” are carried out by blacks, not “white supremacists.” From Robert Cherry’s New York Post piece: “As the investigative reporter ­Armin Rosen pointed out in Tablet, ‘many of the [anti-Jewish] attacks are being carried out by people of color with no ties to the politics of white supremacy.’ As he noted, even in cases where no one is caught, video footage overwhelmingly shows minority attackers. Blacks comprised seven of the nine anti-Jewish hate-crime perpetrators arrested during the third quarter…In the most recent report, blacks comprised 24 of the 34 (71 percent) perpetrators arrested for all hate crimes… Black perpetrators are especially prominent in anti-LGBT crimes, comprising 10 of the 12 arrested for those crimes in the latest quarterly report. Overall, since the beginning of 2017, blacks comprised 56 percent — 61 of 108 — of those ­arrested for anti-LGBT hate crimes.” https://nypost.com/2019/11/25/what-the-left-doesnt-want-to-mention-about-new-york-city-hate-crimes/amp/

[7] De Blasio might want to worry more about the Jewish corruption in his own circle: https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/former-de-blasio-fundraiser-found-guilty-in-police-corruption-trial-11546456170. Also of possible interest to the reader, de Blasio and his wife honeymooned in Cuba in violation of the US travel ban.

[8] https://www.vox.com/2017/11/17/16667352/transcript-anti-defamation-league-ceo-jonathan-greenblatt-rights-hate-speech-jew-recode-decode

[9] https://orangecounty.adl.org/news/abe-foxman-on-why-2013-was-bad-for-the-jews/

[10] Author of Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 because of course.

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