I was raised as an East European Jewish Socialist whose goals were creating a just society in which all people had basic human rights including food, clothing and shelter. It never dawned upon us in those days when we fought against religious prejudice against Jews or Catholics or against discrimination against Catholics that we might wind up on the anti-Jewish list of the Anti Defamation League(ADL). To be a Jew in the World War II era, was to oppose all forms of hatred and violence against those who differed from the majority. The Ant-Defamation League just issued its list of the top ten groups who oppose the state of Israel and among those who made the list was the Jewish Voice For Peace. According to Abraham Foxman of the ADL, this group was cited because it was part of those against Israel. I print a statement found on the web site of this notorious anti-Jewish, anti-Israel group: They believe “peace in the Middle East will be achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis.” Wow, this is definitely a group that threatens the security of all Jews.
Mr. Foxman knows there is a difference between opposing a government and opposing a nation. If we accepted the ADL reasoning then millions of Americans who opposed George Bush and his disastrous policies in Afghanistan and Iraq belong on a list of enemies of the state of the USA.