ADL Responds to Alice Walker's 'Unqualified Endorsement' of Book by Notorious Anti-Semite

New York, NY, December 17, 2018 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following statement in response to an article in The New York Times Book Review, in which author Alice Walker offered an unqualified endorsement of a book by a British anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist.

Statement by Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director:

“We’re deeply disappointed that The New York Times Book Review would print author Alice Walker’s unqualified endorsement of a book by notorious British anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke. His book 'And the Truth Shall Set you Free,' calls Judaism an 'incredibly racist' religion which preaches 'racial superiority,' claims that a 'Jewish clique' fomented World War I and World War II as well as the Russian Revolution, and draws heavily on the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' for inspiration. He even casts doubt on the Holocaust and condemns the Nuremberg Trials. He has a long history of scapegoating Jews and Times readers should be aware of this before considering his work.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.