THE WEEK’S BIG 3
One year after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, lies about the election and continued misinformation about the riot itself have contributed to a climate where extremists remain emboldened and a threat to our democracy is ever present, new ADL reporting shows. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt is out with a new book entitled “It Could Happen Here: Why America is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable and How We Can Stop It,” which examines the fragile state of our democracy and the forces driving this fracture. An antisemitic email authored by a one-time Utah tech entrepreneur led to his ouster from the company he founded continues to draw widespread national criticism and condemnation.
Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.
- One Year After the Insurrection, Election Lies and Misinformation Continue to Animate Far-Right
“The president who had been fairly and legitimately defeated, Donald Trump, told his followers to ‘fight like hell’ to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election and said he would march with them to the Capitol, though he did not. The result was violence and mayhem that left five people dead in the immediate aftermath, hundreds facing charges and millions of dollars in property damage.” Associated Press: LEARN MORE
It Could Happen Here: Why America is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable and How We Can Stop It
“The rise of antisemitic violence in recent years, the growing criticism of Israel and the rise of fringe elements on both sides of the political spectrum pose a real threat to the wellbeing of Jews in America, Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, suggests in a new book released this week.” Forward: FULL STORY+ WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on MSNBC’s Morning Joe
+ READ: No one is born an extremist. Jan. 6 shows virtually anyone can be swept up by hate groups. – USA Today Op-ed from Jonathan Greenblatt
Entrata Chairman Resigns Hours After Sending Antisemitic Vaccine Conspiracy Email
“David ‘Dave’ Bateman, who cofounded the Utah-based property management software company in 2003 and stepped down as CEO last year as the company raised more than $500 million from private investors, had emailed a group including some of Utah’s leading tech CEOs, investors and other public figures including its governor, Spencer Cox, calling upon them to ‘stop the vaccination drive’ due to an unfounded conspiracy theory blaming Jewish people for ‘a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people.’” Forbes: READ MORE+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: We appreciate the decisive action taken by Entrata. It’s critical that there is accountability for #antisemitism. Now the hard work begins for Bateman - and we hope he is prepared to engage in a process of self-reflection and learning.
KEY ADL SOCIAL STATEMENTS
- As I told @wolfblitzer, one year since the insurrection, we're at a very perilous moment. We're in a world in which we see rising extremism and politicians who excuse it -- that leaves all of us in tough shape…
- Since #January6, @ADL has introduced the PROTECT Plan, helped identify extremist connections, and is now serving as co-counsel in a lawsuit aiming to hold perpetrators responsible…
- Today we commemorate a deeply traumatic event for many MoCs, Capitol Hill staff, and reporters. We recognize the trauma and anxiety faced by many of those who work on the Hill. We remain dedicated to the fight against domestic terrorism & extremism…
IN THE COMMUNITY
- NY Orthodox Jewish Man Assaulted (Jewish Journal)
- Jan. 6 Capitol Riot: The View From Massachusetts on Eve of Its Anniversary (NBC Boston – Robert Trestan interviewed)
- Hate crimes are soaring. White supremacists have a new recruitment tool: Video games. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
ADL IN THE NEWS
- The Pentagon vowed to confront extremism in the ranks. A year after Jan. 6, experts say more must be done. (The Washington Post)
- Why I wrote ‘It Could Happen Here’ (The Times of Israel – Jonathan Greenblatt op-ed)
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