What Is The Real Racial/Ethnic
Agenda Of The ADL?

By Paul Grubach


The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith (ADL) is probably well known to
most readers of ReportersNotebook.com. This New York based, tax-exempt
Jewish-Zionist religious organization with affiliates in forty-two countries claims
to be one of the premier civil rights organizations in the world, and
allegedly, ending discrimination and securing equal rights for all are among its main
goals.1 Undoubtedly, the sociopolitical agenda of the ADL reflects the wishes
of a significant portion of the world Jewish Community. This is why it is
important to ask the question: What is the real ethnic agenda of the ADL?

ADL preaches racial integration, racial equality and multiculturalism, and
one of their most popular slogans is: “Diversity is our greatest strength.”2
This highly influential pressure group sponsors activities that urge people “to
reject racial division,” and condemns discrimination against Jews in housing
as an “an insidious form of anti-Semitism."3 A major focus of their activity
in the US in the 1960s was the implementing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.4
This legislation helped create a racially integrated society in the US. They
allegedly reject all forms of "racial domination.” That is, a situation where
one ethnic group dominates another, as they are especially hostile toward all
manifestations of "white supremacy.” Where different ethnic groups coexist in
the same nation, ADL appears to be a strong advocate of an integrated society
in which all ethnic groups function as social and political equals.

Critics however have claimed that this ADL "moral agenda" is, for the most
part, an ideological facade, a method by which to surreptitiously advance
Jewish-Zionist interests under the guise of morality.5 According to this viewpoint,
public opposition to racial/ethnic discrimination is being used in the
service of the ADL's Jewish-Zionist ethnic/cultural nationalism. ADL preaches
universalistic equality and racial/ethnic mixing for non-Jews while maintaining an
exclusivist-separatist group identity for Jews. Judaism has been characterized
by genetic and cultural separation from others, and an explicit double
standard of morality—altruism and cooperation among Jews, but competition with

Thus, according to this viewpoint, the Jewish Communities that reside outside
of Israel where Jews are a minority need a nation that tolerates their
long-term policy of non-assimilation and group solidarity. In a racially integrated
society composed of a variety different and competing ethnic groups, all with
divergent interests, it is very difficult to develop a cohesive Gentile
movement that is opposed to organized Jewry. In addition, in racially integrated
societies outside of Israel in which the surrounding Gentiles have only a week
and feeble sense of their own racial/cultural/religious identity, Jews are
less likely to be identified as a hostile, non-assimilable, and alien element.
As a consequence, in racially integrated, multicultural societies outside of
Israel, Jews can gain power and influence.

So which is it? Is the ADL truly interested in creating racially diverse,
multicultural societies where all ethnic groups coexist on an equal basis
everywhere in the world? Or is this universalistic/multicultural agenda in reality
an ideological front under which they promote a Jewish-Zionist agenda—Jewish
dominance in Israel where Jews are a majority, but “racial equality” and
multiculturalism outside of Israel because Jewish Communities benefit enormously
from such an agenda?

Fortunately, we are offered a situation where we can test these two rival,
competing hypotheses: Israel. In a past issue of the New York Times, there was
a controversial article that discussed proposals for replacing the
Jewish-Zionist state of Israel with a Jewish-Arab state--a binational, ethnically
integrated, secular state where Jews and Arabs would live together as social and
political equals. In the article’s own words:

“The unthinkable was that Israel should be replaced by a binational country
in which Jews and Palestinians would live together in democratic harmony.”7

National Chair of the ADL Barbara B. Balser responded to the article with her
own “letter to the editor.” This missive apparently expresses a formal,
etched-in-stone policy of the ADL. They reject the idea of a binational,
ethnically integrated, secular state in the Middle East where Jews and Arabs would
live together as political equals. They label this as an “insidious anti-Israel
effort,” and “an effort to destroy Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land.”
They clearly want to maintain Jewish sovereignty (read: Jewish dominance over
the area--a state where Jews are segregated from and maintain dominance over
non-Jews).8 This strongly suggests that what critics of the ADL say is indeed

If the primary motive of the ADL was to promote racial equality and
multiculturalism and ending all forms of racial and ethnic supremacy, then we should
expect that they would promote this agenda in Israel (where Jews are a majority)
just as ardently as they promote it everywhere else in the world (where Jews
are a minority). But this is not the case. For the most part, the ADL promotes
racial integration and multiculturalism everywhere outside of Israel because
it actually advances Jewish-nationalism, and enables Jews to acquire power and
influence in predominantly non-Jewish societies. That is, Universalism and
calls for "racial equality" are used to serve sectarian Jewish nationalism. It
is hard to believe that they sincerely believe in the ideals of racial
equality and multiculturalism when they are the most ardent supporters of Israel, a
separate and unequal society in which discrimination is part of the
established social order and Jewish supremacism is enshrined in law.9


1. See the ADL’s website at http://www.adl.org/ Also, see Lee O’Brien,
American Jewish Organizations and Israel (Washington, DC; Institute of Palestine
Studies, 1986), pp.93-103.

2. See the ADL’s publication, ADL On the Frontline, Summer 1997, p.8.

3. ADL On the Frontline, Sept./Oct. 1997, p.13; ADL On the Frontline,
June 1998, p.7.

4. O’Brien, pp. 93-94.

5. For example, see Paul Grubach’s “letters debate” with the ADL’s
national director, Abraham Foxman, in Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
April 2000, pp.72-75. Online:

6. Kevin MacDonald, A People that Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group
Evolutionary Strategy (Westport, Connecticut; Praeger, 1994); Kevin
MacDonald, The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in
Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements (Westport, Connecticut,
Praeger, 1998).

7. Edward Rothstein, “Seeking an Alternative to a Jewish State,” New
York Times (Late Edition (East Coast)), Nov. 22, 2003, p. B.11.

8. Barbara B. Balser, Letters to the Editor, The New York Times,
November 25, 2003. Online:

9. Uri Davis, Israel: An Apartheid State (London, Zed Books Ltd.,
1987); Ian Lustick, Arabs in the Jewish State: Israel’s Control of a National
Minority (Austin, Texas, University of Texas Press, 1980)


"Many rabbis and professionals have told me recently that they fear for their
jobs should they even begin to articulate their doubts about Israeli
policy--much less give explicit support to calls for an end to the occupation."

-- Rabbi Michael Lerner
April 28, 2002 in the Los Angeles Times


Confessions of a Philosopher:

It is not the case that a belief is worthy of respect, or is even interesting
merely because it is widely held, though that it is widely held may give one
food for thought. Of the religions I studied, the one I found least worthy of
intellectual respect was Judaism.

----British Scholar and Philosopher Bryan Magee in 1997


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