ADL: Reggie Bush’s Ferguson-Palestine Comparison Demonstrates “Severe Lack of Understanding” of Both Issues

New York, NY, November 26, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said an Instagram post by Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush equating the situation in Ferguson with the Palestinian people, “demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of both issues.”

Bush posted a photo on his account yesterday of a man holding up a sign which read, “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #Ferguson #Justice.” Bush’s comments, which were published along with the photo, included, “No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all in this together! This isn’t a Ferguson problem it’s a global problem. We need change NOW! What happened to humanity? #JusticeForMikeBrown.”

“Racially motivated violence is never acceptable,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is not based on race, it is a political dispute based on claims to land, and by conflating the death of Michael Brown with the conflict in the Middle East, Reggie Bush demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of both issues. He should stick to football.”

ADL has recently documented a number of groups and individuals who have tried to equate the events in Ferguson with the situation in the Gaza Strip.

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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