What is the “Mapping Project”

  • The mapping project is an interactive map that pinpoints the locations of Jewish communal and other community organizations in Massachusetts, including ADL. The map’s  lines extend outwards to any group, organization, educational institution or government official those communal organizations  may have interacted with, in an attempt to expose and isolate those who they assert are responsible for “the colonization of Palestine” and other perceived “harms that we see linked, such as policing, US Imperialism and displacement.” In all, approximately 400 organizations are named.  This BDS Boston-endorsed Project includes a disturbing and antisemitic call to “dismantle” and “disrupt” most of Boston’s Jewish community and concludes with a thinly veiled threat that “every entity has an address, every network can be disrupted.” 

What exactly is antisemitic about the Mapping Project?

  • Under the guise of this interactive map, the authors essentially name, shame and blame Jewish communal organizations in Massachusetts for many of the world’s problems and specifically calls out Zionism as a “harm,” thus implicating the vast majority of the Jewish community that identifies in some way with the state of Israel.
  • Of the 38 non-profit organizations named, 30 are Jewish organizations – no other community is similarly targeted.  The Jewish communal groups are identified as "Boston's Zionist NGO circuit" and accused not only of "supporting the colonization of Palestine" but also "violence worldwide."
  • Many familiar antisemitic tropes are woven into this project, including:
    • Myths of Jewish wealth, power and control through the project’s inordinate focus on revealing the identity of Jewish philanthropists, doctors, and media.  
    • Scapegoating the Jewish community by claiming that Jews are overwhelmingly responsible for a range of societal ills.
    • Advocating the isolation and shunning of the entire Jewish community and those who interact with it, including through boycotts.
  • Any campaign that blames and scapegoats Jews as a community for perceived ills is, by definition, antisemitic.

Why is this threatening?

  • The website itself is threatening, calling for the dismantling and disruption of the Boston Jewish community as follows: 

    Our goal in pursuing this collective mapping was to reveal the local entities and networks that enact devastation, so we can dismantle them. Every entity has an address, every network can be disrupted.

How can Jewish community organizations and members protect their safety and security?

  • Review your communal security preparedness – contact CJP’s Communal Security Initiative which provides professional security advice and support to meet the needs of the Jewish community as it is forced to contend with increased antisemitic threats and attacks.
  • Report antisemitic incidents to ADL.
  • Call 911 or contact your local police department if you fear for your safety of the safety of others.

How can I join in the fight against antisemitism?

  • Join our community in denouncing these efforts to blame and scapegoat Jews in America for the alleged actions of the State of Israel and other societal problems.
    • Join with the Boston Jewish community by standing together and continuing our work building bridges, support our allies and each other, and confront antisemitism where we see it and when we experience it.
    • Share Facts, Show Strength and Speak Up using this Toolkit.

Op-Eds by ADL on the Mapping Project

You Don’t Need a Map to Find Antisemitism

BDS-promoted mapping project is antisemitic and must be condemned