ADL Statement Regarding White House Decision Not to Sign Onto the "Christchurch Call" Combating Online Hate and Extremism

New York, NY, May 15, 2019 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt issued the following statement concerning the Trump Administration's decision not to sign onto the "Christchurch Call," which seeks to combat online hate and extremism:

White supremacy is a global terror threat.  We are encouraged by the fact that global leaders are waking up to these deadly trends but unfortunately, the U.S. government is falling behind. It is incredibly discouraging that the U.S. government seems unwilling to even take part in these discussions and explore possibilities to counter this scourge. We will continue to advocate to U.S. social media platforms, many of whom participated in these discussions, assist law enforcement agencies with our intelligence and analysis and work with others in the extremism research community to figure out effective solutions to counter the threat of white supremacy in our own backyard and across the globe.

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.