New York, NY, October 14, 2010 … In remarks at a dinner where he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for his stalwart support of Israel and his commitment to promoting respect and speaking out against anti-Semitism, media magnate K. Rupert Murdoch described in stark terms what he sees as an "ongoing war against the Jews" and efforts to isolate the Jewish State through "a soft war" of delegitimization and isolation.
He said attacks againstIsraelhave evolved over the years from conventional warfare to terrorism and international isolation.
"Now the war has entered a new phase," Mr. Murdoch said. "This is the soft war that seeks to isolateIsraelby delegitimizing it. The battle ground is everywhere – the media, multinational organizations, NGOs. In this war, the aim is to makeIsraela pariah."
Mr. Murdoch was presented with the ADL International Leadership Award last night at a dinner inNew York City, where he was feted by film producer Harvey Weinstein,Fox NewsPresident Roger Ailes, ADL National Chair Robert G. Sugarman and ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman, among other dignitaries.
Mr. Foxman recalled how his first introduction to Mr. Murdoch was in a private setting, "away from the media spotlight."
"I have come to know the man, not his image," Mr. Foxman said in presenting the award to Mr. Murdoch. "I learned that he cared deeply about the safety and security ofIsrael. I learned that he was as distressed as I was about efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, to hold it to a double standard, and to seek its demise by some."
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Murdoch touched on what he described as the danger signs that anti-Semitism is on the rise, and provided examples of how some anti-Semitism from the left comes under the guise of legitimate criticism ofIsrael.
"When Americans think of Anti-Semitism, we tend to think of the vulgar caricatures and attacks of the first part of the 20th century," Mr. Murdoch said. "Now it seems that the most virulent strains come from the left. Often this new anti-Semitism dresses itself up as legitimate disagreement withIsrael."
Mr. Murdoch said theUnited Statesshould stand by its ally,Israel, in times of crisis, and that the White House should not distance itself fromIsraelto seek credibility in the Muslim world. "Some believe that ifAmericawants to gain credibility in the Muslim world and advance the cause of peace,Washingtonneeds to put some distance between itself andIsrael. My view is the opposite. Far from making peace more possible, we are making hostilities more certain."
Former recipients of the ADL International Leadership Award include Cees Van Der Hoeven of Royal Ahold, Neville Isdell of Coca-Cola, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones of L'Oreal, and Maurice Levy of Publicis.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.