I have not liked the ADL and their alarmist "they-are-all-going-to-kill-us" attitudes for some time. Like my feelings for AIPAC they have been muted (not muzzled) out of respect for those who feel these organizations are important aspects of the Jewish community, namely my mom. People of my mother's generations grew up knowing about the horrors of the Holocaust by living with those who survived and understood the more disgusting forms of anti-Semitism in this country because they experienced them. But the time has come for our community to mature past the fear of our history.
Joey Kurtzman, senior editor at Jewcy and JTA Daily Briefing proclaimed "internet provocateur," explains all of this in regards to Abe Foxman with a little less respect for other's beliefs. In this particular case he is right to do so. The thesis of Kurtzman's piece is that Foxman needs to go. He is a relic of the fearful past.
According to Kurtzman, Foxman's support of the Turkish governments opposition to the US Congregational recognition of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks was the last straw. He is self-serving and the wrong voice for the Jewish people. The ADL is not obsolete, but it is getting there, says Kurtzman and I agree. But please take a look at the piece (linked below) because it outlines a very interesting argument.
This general argument is new for the Jew.0 crowd. It isn't a "throw away everything and move to the country together and have indy-minnyanim" argument. It calls us to fix the problems of our system by working with our organizations to represent all of our needs, and I like that.
Bravo Mr. Kurtzman for the courage to stand up and write some truth on your website. Time will tell what will happen, but until then I look forward to hearing you called a self-hating Jew by the ADL.
In the News: Abolish Abe