ADL Assesses Trends In Extremism And Bigotry In Decade Since 9/11

New York, NY, September 1, 2011 … In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has put together an assessment of a range of issues that came into focus in the aftermath of the attacks -- from the balance between security and civil liberties, to the threat of homegrown extremism, the spread of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry.

"In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, our country has experienced a number of changes that have affected our domestic and foreign policies, our sense of security and our identity as a nation," said Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair."The Anti-Defamation League has been at the forefront of dealing with many of the issues that have engaged the country since 9/11, and we continue to carefully monitor these issues and to speak out and take action whenever necessary."

"Our efforts post-9/11 have ranged from exposing and combating homegrown extremism and terrorism to ensuring that the government balances security with the protection of civil liberties," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director."We have had to confront the worldwide proliferation of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories blaming Jews or Israel for carrying out the 9/11 attacks, and the ugliness of increased bigotry against the Muslim-American community."

ADL's online assessment of the decade since 9/11 looks at a number of topics and how ADL and the nation responded to these challenges.The trends include:

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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