What’s Happened to the Anti-Defamation League?
Where is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)?
As a “new antisemitism” casts the Jewish state as the cruelest of nations, and her Jewish supporters as “racists,” the ADL has been largely silent. The lies are spread in newspapers, churches and college classrooms. On campuses, Jewish students are harassed and intimidated. Even the curricula in many public high schools and middle schools is biased against Israel. Yet the ADL, once the Jewish people’s defense agency, seems unable or unwilling to effectively fight back.
Case in point: Linda Sarsour, a virulently anti-Israel Islamist who is a supporter of terrorists, and a defender of Sharia law, was a featured speaker at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health’s graduation on June 1.
Yet it was only after weeks of silence, and only when upbraid ed for that despicable silence, that the ADL finally issued a statement criticizing Sarsour. (Ms. Sarsour is an antisemite who fights to bar Jewish women from the “feminist” movement unless they renounce Israel, and has tweeted that, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.”
As a “new antisemitism” casts the Jewish state as the cruelest of nations, and her Jewish supporters as “racists,” the ADL has been largely silent. The lies are spread in newspapers, churches and college classrooms. On campuses, Jewish students are harassed and intimidated. Even the curricula in many public high schools and middle schools is biased against Israel. Yet the ADL, once the Jewish people’s defense agency, seems unable or unwilling to effectively fight back. Case in point: Linda Sarsour, a virulently anti-Israel Islamist who is a supporter of terrorists, and a def ender of Sharia law, was a featured speaker at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health’s graduation on June 1. Yet it was only after weeks of silence, and only when upbraid ed for that despicable silence, that the ADL finally issued a statement criticizing Sarsour. (Ms. Sarsour is an antisemite who fights to bar Jewish women from the “feminist” movement unless they renounce Israel, and has tweeted that, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.”
RICHMOND—A prominent defamation lawyer warned state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel on Wednesday to preserve computer, cellphone and other records that might be linked to an anonymous email accusing one of her Republican primary rivals of having an affair.
Elizabeth M. Locke—who represented a former University of Virginia associate dean who successfully sued Rolling Stone last year over a discredited gang-rape story—also pressed Vogel (R-Fauquier) in a letter to submit her home computers and cellphones to a third-party forensics examination.
Vogel is seeking her party’s nomination for lieutenant governor. Also competing for the nod is state Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr. (Virginia Beach) and state Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania).
Both Vogel and Reeves represent parts of Culpeper County in the General Assembly.
Late last year, anonymous messages targeting Reeves were linked through subpoenaed internet records to Vogel’s home IP address and to her husband’s cellphone. Vogel, who has strongly denied any involvement or knowledge of the messages, has suggested that hackers are to blame.
Reeves has been pressing for a forensics analysis since late December, offering to help pay for it, but Vogel has not responded. His hiring of Locke, who also represents a Virginia gun rights group in a pending defamation suit against Katie Couric over a documentary on gun violence, could turn up the pressure.
“It’s been 32 days since Bryce offered to help pay for the Vogels to have their electronic devices forensically tested by an independent, third-party investigator,” said Sam Azzarelli, Reeves’s campaign spokeswoman. “All of this could have been resolved a month ago, allowing everyone to move on, but the Vogels still have not acknowledged or accepted his generous offer.”
Vogel declined to comment on Locke’s letter.
When Reeves first disclosed the connection between the emails and the Vogels’ electronics on Dec. 31, Vogel’s campaign issued this statement: “Jill and Alex Vogel have not sent, have not authorized, have not approved, and were not aware of any anonymous communications concerning either of her competitors for the Republican nomination. They would never condone such tactics, nor would they permit a campaign employee or volunteer to do so on behalf of our campaign. . . . Regrettably, in this day and age, there are many ways a person can send an anonymous email and make it appear to have originated from another sender.”
Health-care forum sues state Department of Health for cuts, defamation
BATON ROUGE — A lawsuit has been brought against Louisiana’s state health department by a government-funded nonprofit.
The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum filed the lawsuit against the state health department on Dec. 12, claiming that the department had failed to pay $12 million in funds that were promised to the forum. The Quality Forum also said that the Louisiana’s health secretary, Rebekah Gee, has caused damage to the reputation of the nonprofit.
The Forum was created in 2007 in order to improve health care in post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. According to the lawsuit, the state and federal governments provide for about three-quarters of the organization’s funding, and the Forum has a contract with the state health department than runs from 2012 through mid 2017. The Forum claims that it relied on the funds promised by the Louisiana Department of Health and cannot continue to survive if Louisiana’s Department of Health and Gee refuse to continue to provide the previously promised funding.
The Forum also said there could be “a significant public health fact” because of the fact that it may have to stop providing certain health-care services. According to the lawsuit, Gee instructed the department to withdraw the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum’s 2016-2017 request for funding after she took over in January 2016 and did not inform the Forum of the action.
Kelly Zimmerman, spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Health, said that programs from former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration are being reviewed and that changes were being made in order to be “responsible stewards of public funds.”
Zimmerman also claimed that efforts between the department and the Quality Forum have been collaborative.
“We’ve had a productive relationship with the Louisiana Quality Forum over the past few months,” Zimmerman said.
However, according to the Quality Forum, efforts between them and the Department of Health have been less than collaborative. Apart from the issues regarding the funding, the Forum also accused the Louisiana Department of Health of unfair trade practices and making defamatory statements about the Quality Forum’s services and efforts that have cause great damage to the reputation of the organization.
Summer Zervos Sues Trump for Defamation Over Sexual Assault Claims
LOS ANGELES – Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the NBC-reality show The Apprentice announced in a press conference on January 17 that she filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump for defamation when he said she fabricated claims of sexual assault against him during the presidential campaign.
The announcement was made with Zervos’ lawyer Gloria Allred by her side just days before the inauguration. More than ten women made accusations of inappropriate sexual contact against Trump during the 2016 election campaign. He denied all the accusations.
Zervos alleges Trump defamed her in tweets and at rallies when he said her claims were fabricated.
She also alleged in November that Trump accosted her in New York City and at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007.
The latest lawsuit had no new claims of sexual misconduct. Allred is a Democratic activist, but said she has had no contact with Hillary Clinton about the suit. Zervos said she will drop her lawsuit if Trump retracts his claims.
Trump has said he never acted inappropriately toward Zervos. Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said Tuesday there is “no truth to this absurd story,” as reported by the Associated Press.
“I want Mr. Trump to know that I would still be willing to dismiss my case against him immediately for no monetary compensation if he will simply retract his false and defamatory statements about me and acknowledge that I told the truth about him,” Zervos said, reading from a statement, as reported by the Guardian.
Filed in New York State Supreme Court, the 20-page suit calls Trump a sexual predator and misogynist who assaulted many women and then abused his political position to mark them as liars.
“But it was Donald Trump who was lying when he falsely denied his predatory misconduct with Summer Zervos, and derided her for perpetrating a ‘hoax’ and making up a ‘phony’ story to get attention,” it said, as quoted in the Guardian.
Anti-Defamation League Lists Top 10 Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in 2016
New York, NY–(ENEWSPF)–December 30, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued its top 10 list of manifestations of anti-Semitism that have afflicted Jewish communities across the United States and around the world in 2016.
The past year saw the volume of anti-Semitic cyberhate elevated to unprecedented levels. The ADL list included Jewish social media users being targeted because of their faith, anti-Jewish internet memes going viral and consuming the web, the swastika remaining a hate symbol of choice, continuing Iranian and Palestinian incitement, and the threat to European Jewry.
“The various manifestations of anti-Semitism in 2016 served as a stark and sobering reminder that hatred of Jews is not history, it is a current event,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “The reality of the threat to Jewish communities around the world and to the State of Israel was reinforced time and again by rhetoric, incidents and violent assaults.”
Journalists, especially Jewish journalists, received thousands of harassing messages and even death threats as they covered the presidential campaign. The abuse included anti-Semitic graphics, pictures of journalists with their photos superimposed on Holocaust victims, and other disturbing memes. After a four-month investigation, an ADL data analysis found that Twitter was awash with anti-Semitic rhetoric, with more than 2.6 million tweets containing language frequently found in anti-Semitic speech. ADL’s Task Force on the Harassment of Journalists identified 800 journalists who had been targeted with more than 19,000 anti-Semitic tweets on Twitter.
Anti-Semitic Incidents Rise Post-Election; Swastika Remains Hate Symbol of Choice
A disturbing trend of anti-Semitic and other bias attacks took place in communities across the country following the 2016 presidential race. From Philadelphia to Los Angeles, the use of the swastika, including racist and other anti-Semitic graffiti, vandalism and reports of assaults and harassment proliferated. The wave of swastika vandalism was particularly prevalent in New York State. College campuses, religious facilities and homes were particular targets nationwide.
Sun deletes Hopkins article again as Mail faces payout out to Mahmood family
Right wing columnist suffers double blow as two articles are taken down for defamation and discrimination
THE SUN and Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins has issued an apology and being ordered to pay costs to the family of Mohammed Tariq Mahmood after she wrote an article suggesting that the family had links to Al-Qaeda.
In a 2am tweeted statement the Daily Mail and Hopkins said that they would pay all damages and legal costs totalling £150,000 to the Mahmood family as a result of the article in the Mail.
Mohammed Tariq Mahmood and his brother, Mohammed Zahid Mahmood along with family members attempted to board a flight heading to the US to visit their family and Disneyland. They were prevented by US Homeland security
The joint apology issued by Katie Hopkins and the Daily Mail said: “ We and Katie Hopkins apologise to the Mahmood family for the distress and embarrassment caused and have agreed to pay them substantial damages and their legal costs.
“In addition, a further article in Katie’s column on 29 December suggested that Hamza Mahmood (Mohammed Tariq Mahmood’s son) was responsible for a Facebook page which allegedly contained extremist material. Our article included a photo of the family home. Hamza Mahmood has pointed out that he is not responsible for the Facebook page, which was linked to him as a result of an error involving his email address. We are happy to make clear that there is no suggestion that either Hamza nor Taeeba or Hafsa Mahmood (Hamza’s mother and sister) have any links to extremism.”
The limitations of Facebook’s anti-discrimination policy and others like it
Facebook recently removed ‘Ethnic Affinities’ targeting on its ad platform, but contributor Andy Taylor notes that this update only addresses the most immediate and obvious ways discrimination based on ethnicity can be perpetrated.
Under pressure from activists and lawmakers, Facebook moved recently to prohibit using its “Ethnic Affinities” targeting in conjunction with any advertising for housing, employment or credit opportunities. This update is aimed at curbing discrimination against minority groups which have historically been subjected to prejudice in these areas.
The move has been heralded by most as a significant step toward combating prejudice in advertising for the social media giant, and it publicly makes clear Facebook’s position on the matter. However, like many efforts in the past to prevent discrimination, this update only addresses the most immediate and obvious ways discrimination based on ethnicity can be perpetrated.
To understand why, it’s important to know how online ad targeting works, and how advertisers can subtly discriminate in ways that are sometimes even unintentional.
Trump election: US Jewish activist vows solidarity with Muslims
The Jewish head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an anti-bigotry group, has vowed to register as a Muslim if Donald Trump creates a database of Muslim Americans.
The idea of a Muslim database arose in November 2015, when Mr Trump told a reporter he would “certainly implement that. Absolutely”.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL, said: “If one day Muslim Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim”.
His comments came at the group’s Never Is Now conference on anti-Semitism, held in New York.
“We must stand with our fellow Americans who may be singled out for how they look, where they’re from, who they love or how they pray,” Mr Greenblatt said.
The ADL chief, who previously served in the White House as special assistant to President Barack Obama, told BBC News: “The bottom line here is – we in the Jewish community know what it is when you apply a litmus test based on faith – when you identify people and tag them based on faith…
“When you take one group and make all of them suspect. I feel we have more obligations to speak out.”
Mr Trump’s position on the proposed Muslim register is presently unclear.
In a statement on Thursday, a spokesman for the Trump transition team appeared to row back from his comments last year, saying Mr Trump had “never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false”.
Gloria Allred won’t rule out defamation suit: Trump accusers now facing ‘world’s most powerful man’
Attorney Gloria Allred is still representing a number of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct during his campaign run, and she announced on Friday that her clients can sue the President-elect for defamation, according to the Guardian.
At a press conference on Friday, Allred said, “Now Mr. Trump has been elected President of the United States. He now has the opportunity to begin his term with a clean slate. I challenge him to seize this opportunity now, to retract his statement that these accusers are liars and that their allegations are fabrications and fiction.”
Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who accused Trump of sexually harassing her appeared alongside Allred. “He now has the largest bully pulpit in the world, and he has not yet taken back his threat to sue me and the others who came forward,” Zervos said, visibly upset by the matter.
“I want to make it clear that even though it is hard and painful to speak up against the world’s most powerful man, I will continue to speak the truth and I refuse to be intimidated into silence,” she said.
Donald Trump Lawsuits: President-Elect Faces 75 Lawsuits For Discrimination, Racketeering, Defamation
Over the course of his campaign, president-elect Donald Trump has laid out an extensive plan of legislative actions for his first 100 days in office, but he may be a bit preoccupied with something unrelated to the nation’s highest office: dozens of lawsuits. The soon-to-be-president faces the unprecedented task of defending himself in 75 cases while preparing to transition and settle into the job of commander-in-chief, a months-long USA Today investigation found.
Three cases stem from the false claims, racketeering and fraud used by the so-called “Trump University,” a for-profit, online business education program that is not accredited, nor does it offer degrees, grades or college credit to its students. Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over the class action suit Low, et al. vs. Trump University LLC, et al., the most prominent of the three cases, denied the defendant’s motion for a case dismissal after Trump accused him of bias on account of his ethnic heritage. Curiel, who was born in Indiana, will preside over the full trial on Nov. 28.
While the Trump University cases are the most high-profile and serious suits Trump faces, other cases include a discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman alleging she was fired from Trump Kids Club at Trump’s Jupiter, Florida, golf club two weeks after alerting her managers of an instance of sexual harassment; another discrimination case involving an employee at Trump’s New Jersey golf club who said he was harassed because of his sexuality; a class-action lawsuit accusing the president-elect’s campaign of sending text messages to the cell phones of plaintiffs who didn’t provide phone numbers and a $4 million defamation suit by a Republican consultant against Trump and his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.