Access ADL Blog: Our First Year

  • January 17, 2013

The Anti-Defamation League’s Access ADL blog was launched last January to provide inside access to the agency’s work and expertise on a variety of topics, and to serve as a resource.

In our first year, we published nearly 250 blog posts, providing information and analysis on a range of issues, including online extremism, anti-Semitism, extremism and terrorism, the anti-immigration movement, anti-Israel activity and much more.

In that time, Access ADL has become a trusted resource for news and information. We thank the more than 100,000 unique visitors for their support and interest in our work.

Below is the list of most viewed blog posts in Access ADL’s first year:

August 6, 2012 - ADL Connects Suspected Shooter at Wisconsin Sikh Temple to White Supremacist Skinhead Group

Following the shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, Access ADL published several exclusive images of the shooter, Wade Michael Page, and connected him to the white power music scene as well as to the to the Hammerskins, a violent racist skinhead group.

Wade Page

September 14, 2012 - Anti-Muslim Christian Activists Responsible For Inflammatory “Innocence of Muslims” Film

In response to the release of the anti-Islam film, Inno­cence of Mus­lims, which sparked con­sid­er­able out­rage and vio­lence across the Mid­dle East and Islamic world, Access ADL identified the key individuals involved in the film and their connections to a net­work of anti-Muslim organizations.

December 18, 2012 - Conspiracy Theorists Blame Jews For Sandy Hook Massacre

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, Access ADL uncovered several conspiracy theories blaming Jews and Israel for the shooting, and exposed the neo-Nazi ties of Mike Harris, who blamed Israel for the Sandy Hook shooting during an interview on Iran’s Press TV.

November 16, 2012 - Demonstrators at Anti-Israel Rallies: “Gaza is the Real Holocaust,” “Long live the Intifada!”

In response to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, Access ADL published daily updates on the anti-Israel rallies organized in the U.S., exposing the extreme narratives that marked the rallies, including the support for terror anti-Semitism.

May 21, 2012 - New Arabic Translation of Talmud Promotes Anti-Semitic Narratives

Access ADL revealed the presence of age-old anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies in a newly released Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud – the first of its kind.

July 27, 2102 - Hezbollah on Your iPhone: There’s An App for That


Access ADL broke the news about how Apple’s iTunes ser­vice was providing access to con­tent from Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar, which subsequently described ADL as being part of Israel’s war against Hezbollah.

August 17, 2012 - Possible Extremist Connection to Louisiana Police Shootings

Access ADL provided evidence suggesting that some of the people involved in the shooting deaths of two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies in LaPlace were anti-government extremists.

September 5, 2012 - Former Youth for Western Civilization Leader Promotes White Student Union at Towson

When a white supremacist tried to form a “White Student Union” at Towson University in Maryland, Access ADL revealed the effort and exposed his affiliations with far-right groups.

July 3, 2012 - Farrakhan Leads Audience in Anti-Semitic Tirade

Access ADL released a video of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan leading his audience in Chicago in an anti-Semitic call and response.

March 26, 2012 - New Black Panther Party Enflames Trayvon Martin Incident

After an African-American teenager was shot and killed in Florida, Access ADL exposed efforts by the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) to insert­ them­selves in one of the most high pro­file, racially charged issues of the year. The post also provided background on the NBPP, the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist black mil­i­tant group in Amer­ica.