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The Hypocrisy of the ADL

It’s ironic that a group that purportedly exists to stop the defamation of the Jewish people has been transmogrified into a leftist political watchdog that seeks to censor, suppress, and even criminalize people’s thoughts — even, apparently, those who are critical of Obama’s new health care legislation.   Doesn’t Abe Foxman understand that censorship is a form of suppression, after all?  Wasn’t Nazi Germany a fascist state that called for violent suppression of government protests?   For the sake of Foxman, I will list the First Amendment of the Constitution, part of the once sacrosanct Bill of Rights:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

While I certainly agree that anti-Jewish sentiment is abhorrent, and Jews need their rights and civil liberties protected, I think the ADL is overstepping its place by claiming that critics of the Obama administration are to be regarded as terrorist risks…

Moreover, I wonder what Foxman thinks about Israeli criticisms of Obama? Would he regard such Israelis as potential terrorists?  After all, the Jerusalem Post notes:  “Just 9 percent of Jewish Israelis think US President Barack Obama’s administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian,” according to a Smith Research poll (March 23, 2010), and “some 27 percent of Israelis believe that U.S. President Barack Obama is anti-Semitic,” according to a recent Haaretz-Dialog poll (March 13, 2010).

The thought of the ADL making lists of political enemies is ironic, to say the least, since the Nazis made similar lists in their police state.

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