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Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt is accusing President Donald Trump of “using Jews as a shield” after the president defended his tweets about the far-left Democratic “Squad” by arguing that they were anti-Israel and antisemitic.
Greenblatt, a former Obama administration official, tweeted Monday:
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In a more extensive statement, the ADL accused Trump of undermining “widespread, bipartisan support for Israel” — without reference to the anti-Israel drift of the Democrats, not one of whom attended the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem last year, and who could not bring themselves to criticize Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in a resolution last year.
The ADL has traditionally spoken out against antisemitism and other forms of prejudice. Once respected as a non-partisan institution, under Greenblatt’s leadership it has become more openly left-wing, and anti-Trump.
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Early in the Trump presidency, Greenblatt and the ADL hyped the idea that Trump’s election, and his supporters, were responsible for a rise in antisemitism. Among the antisemitic incidents that the ADL cited were a series of hoax bomb threats to Jewish community centers; the culprits were a troubled Jewish-American teenager in Israel and a disturbed black liberal former journalist. The ADL consistently emphasized the threat when its own data showed a more complicated picture.
Greenbelt himself said earlier this year that he personally believes that President Trump is racist. He appeared on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC program to discuss hate crimes —...
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