At ADL's founding in 1913, the State of Israel did not exist. Today it is a vibrant multicultural democracy in the Middle East, a world leader in high-tech, medical discoveries and agricultural innovation, a key U.S. ally and home to nearly one-half the Jews in the world.
What has not changed are the continuing threats to Israel's legitimacy, and even its existence. Since its founding in 1948, an important part of ADL's mission has been exposing, speaking out against and trying to prevent threats from harming the Jewish state.
One example: when Arab countries tried to strangle the new State of Israel with an economic boycott, ADL spearheaded a long effort against it. First we shamed American companies supporting the boycott, then we advocated for a law prohibiting companies from complying with it. Congress passed the law in 1977. The boycott lost its force.
Today ADL's Arabic and Farsi-speaking analysts are translating anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic media from the Muslim world—much of it government-controlled—and speaking out against it as an obstacle to peace.
We also engage in innovative proactive advocacy. Every year we conduct special missions for influential groups including Catholic-school educators, dynamic college students and Latinos: the fastest-growing group in America. In all, we have brought almost 100 Latinos to Israel, including media executives, prominent civil rights leaders, elected officials, journalists and community leaders.
Demystifying Israel for these groups enhances their understanding of this complex part of the world and clarifies the threats to Israel.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
— from Edmund Burke
See how far we've come in the last century–and how far we have yet to go–by reading ADL’s 2012 Annual Report celebrating our Centennial anniversary.Anti-Semitism Bigotry Hate Crimes Bullying Religious Freedom Extremism Law Enforcement and Security Holocaust Education Interfaith Return to Annual Report