by Ludwig Watzal
The Israeli movie maker Yoav Shamir documents in the film “Defamation” the fight of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) against “anti-Semitism”. This “fight” has little to do with “anti-Semitism” but much with muzzling Israel critic. “Anti-Semitism” serves as a pretext to immunize the State of Israel against criticism.
The Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery said about the fight of ADL. “None of them fights anti-Semitism. They fight criticism of Israel”. He continues saying: In the US there exists hardly any anti-Semitism. “Anti-Semites? You’d need a magnifying class to find them.” There are people “like Sherlock Homes to find anti-Semites”, so Avnery. Particularly repulsive seem the school trips of tens of thousands of Israeli pupils per year to Auschwitz in order to indoctrinate and manipulate them for political ends. The video is worth seeing and very instructive.
By the way, I had my specific experience, inter alia, with the questionable work of ADL. When the defamation campaign of the German Zionist Lobby against me reached its peak in 2008, Glen S. Levy and Abraham H. Foxman wrote a letter on April 2, 2008, inter alia, to the then German Interior Minister Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, in which they complained about my “egregious remarks” (…) “that are anti-Semitic according to the Working Definition of Anti-Semitism of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights”. They asked him to “promptly sever its ties to Dr. Watzal in order to avoid further damage”.
They did not cite a single of these “egregious remarks”, although my complete writings are available online (www.watzal.com). Beyond that the definition by the European Union adopted in 2005 was a political statement without legal force. Because its controversial nature, it was finally dropped in 2013. The EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) now says it is neither able nor authorized to define the term anti-Semitism.