Anti-Defamation League promotes author who compared Israeli policy to Nazi actions during the Holocaust – Fox News

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FIRST ON FOX The Anti-Defamation League promoted an author on its website who previously drew comparisons between the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which appears to be at odds with the organization's mission to fight against anti-Semitism.

The ADL promoted an author named Beverley Naidoo specifically, her book "Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee" despite a history of anti-Israel rhetoric.

The ADL promotes books on its website to educators as part of its mission to combat anti-Semitism and other biases.

Rockets are launched indiscriminately towards Israel from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 18, 2021. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

For example, Naidoo criticized the Israeli security policies which included checkpoints for those living in the West Bank and Gaza in the early 2000s by invoking a Holocaust poem of a victim who was killed in Auschwitz.


About Israel's policy, Naidoo writes: "At the Tamer Institute, people say the time to bring Israeli and Palestinian children together will arrive only when the latter can travel as freely as the former. Once upon a time we lived together in peace in this land Jew, Christian and Arab but then they brought in their settlers. How can we live in peace with people who, every day, are still taking our land? I am reminded of words from a poem written in the ghetto of Terezin, now in the Czech Republic, by 13-year-old Franta Bass before transportation to death in Auschwitz.

Towards the town where I was born,

My town, my native town,

How gladly I would return to you."

View of the main entrance to the Auschwitz camp. The sign above the gate says "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work makes one free). Auschwitz, Poland/ (Keystone/GettyImage)

Israeli officials have argued that restricting the movements of Palestinians in the territories would protect itself from terrorist attacks.

In fact, six months after Naidoo published the criticism of the Israeli policy a terror campaign known as the Second Intifada began. It claimed the lives of hundreds of Israeli civilians through suicide bombings and other terrorist means.

For example, one of the terror attacks the Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing was planned by mastermind Ahlam al-Tamimi in which she thought through how to kill as many victims and children as possible, according to the ADL's own website.

An Israeli policeman stands guard next to the Sbarro pizza restaurant as customers sit inside June 21, 2002 in downtown Jerusalem. (Quique Kierszenbaum/Getty Image)

The family of a 15-year-old victim and American citizen, Malki Roth, continues to fight for the mastermind responsible for the attack to be extradited from Jordan to face justice in the United States.

In other cases, Hamas terrorists would include shrapnel in the bombs that were dipped with rat poison an anticoagulant to ensure that victims' struck by the metal expunged in the blast would continue to bleed out, increasing the likelihood of death.

"Hamas has long sought to increase the lethality of its attacks by lacing shrapnel attached to its suicide bombs with chemicals," said a report from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, an organization recognized as a terror group by the State Department. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the State Department, drawing comparisons between Israeli policy and the Holocaust is anti-Semitic.

The ADL has previously reiterated this on its website, saying that, "The murder of six million Jews and millions of others carried out by the Nazis and their collaborators was the largest recorded genocide in modern history. Absolutely no comparison can be made between the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews."


Photo the railway tracks where hundreds of thousands of people arrived to be directed to the gas chambers inside the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Naidoo also claimed that Israelis, who won the State of Israel in a defensive war after accepting the partition plan for two states one for Arabs and another for Jews established the Jewish State through "terror meted out by Zionists."

"It makes no sense, it is a total contradiction of who they're supposed to be," said Dov Hikind, the founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, about the ADL. "It's like Jews putting the knife into themselves."


Israelis participate in a rally calling for the release of Israeli soldiers and civilians being held by Hamas in Gaza, In front of the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

"No one should play politics with racism and Jew-hatred I think the ADL does that unfortunately," he continued. "I think its very much to do with [ADL CEO Jonathan] Greenblatt."

"When [ADL's former CEO] Abe Foxman was there it was a different world," Hikind added. "It's really very sad."


Fox News Digital reported that the ADL's curriculum for K-12 education included concepts of critical race theory. As a result of that investigation, the ADL said it would launch a thorough review of its anti-bias education materials.

When asked whether Hikind believed ADL's donors were aware of the curriculum and materials the ADL has promoted, Hikind said "no, no."

An ADL spokesperson told Fox News Digital, "As wepreviously stated,clearly there is content among our curricular materials that is misaligned with ADLs values and strategy.This appears to be a clear example of this problem. Again, as previously stated,we are conducting a thorough reviewof our materials. We have determined that,as part of this process,we will engage outside experts toreview allour contentso that we can resolve issues such as this one.With that said, we will not continue to address individual items while the materials are under review."

Naidoo did not respond to a request for comment.

Hannah Grossman is an associate editor at Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent on Twitter: @GrossmanHannah.

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