We must fight white supremacy with solidarity: Jews respond to the ADL’s harmful campaign – Mondoweiss

Posted By on June 2, 2022

The following is an open letter from thirty-six members of Jewish communities in the United States that was posted under the byline Jewish leaders on Medium on May 26.

We are U.S. Jews who are deeply troubled by a recent speech given by the Anti-Defamation Leagues CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, in which he defames grassroots and civil rights organizations committed to Palestinian justice and falsely conflates anti-Zionism with far right and violent extremism.

Greenblatts attacks on groups that are part of the movement for Palestinian rights and his assertion of an equivalency between anti-Zionists and white nationalists put us all at risk. Especially now, amid the rapid growth of the white nationalist far right, the safety and bodily autonomy of Black and brown people, Jewish people, Arabs, Muslims, queer and trans people, and disabled and immunocompromised people are under threat.

The struggle against antisemitism must be in partnership with all others targeted by white supremacy. We are committed to working collectively to combat antisemitism the same way we work against racism, Islamophobia, transphobia, and ableism.

The Anti-Defamation League does not speak for us, and we will not allow them to divide and defame our communities and movements, including the movement for Palestinian human rights. Jewish communities must embrace anti-Zionist and non-Zionist voices, along with all other voices for justice. While we may have a range of perspectives on Palestine and Israel, we are all clear that equating anti-Zionist groups to white nationalists is beyond the pale and cannot be tolerated. We are also clear that all people deserve justice, freedom, and safety.

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Eva AckermanPeter BeinartEllen BrotskyJudith ButlerChase CarterBarbara DobkinStefanie FoxRachel GilmerIra GlasserJane HirschmannNaomi KleinSandra KornAlan LevineRichard LevyAbby LublinRachel McCulloughNina MehtaMarilyn Kleinberg NeimarkDonna NevelKathleen PeratisRabbi Brant RosenDeborah SagnerAudrey SassonJames SchamusMaya SchenwarRafael ShimunovAlisa SolomonBarry TrachtenbergMark Tseng-PuttermanRebecca VilkomersonRabbi Brian WaltLesley WilliamsRabbi Alissa WiseDorothy ZellnerSimone ZimmermanDave Zirin

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