Women’s March Votes Out Board Member Accused of Anti-Semitism; Anti-Semitic Snapchat Post Shakes School

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September 19, 2019


ADL sent two of its most senior leaders to Capitol Hill this week to testify in front of Congress about the global threat of white supremacy and the proliferation of hate online. Police in Arapahoe County, Colorado are investigating a Snapchat image picturing three high school students with a caption using explicitly violent, anti-Semitic language. And after an outcry from ADL, the Women’s March voted to remove a board member with a long history of deeply offensive and anti-Semitic statements.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate, and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

1)    ADL Heads to Capitol Hill, Testifies on International White Supremacy and Cyberhate

“In a hearing Wednesday to examine the spread of extremism online, leaders from Facebook, Twitter and Google faced tough questions from U.S. lawmakers, accentuating the positive steps taken, while acknowledging the work remaining. George Selim, senior vice president of programs for ADL, said the companies must provide insight by providing metrics that are verified by trusted third parties in order to assess the problem of hate and extremism on social media platforms… ” Voice of America: READ MORE

+ READ: George Selim’s testimony before a Senate committee on violence, extremism and digital responsibility

+ WATCH: ADL Senior VP of International Affairs Sharon Nazarian testifies before a House committee on the challenges of white nationalist terrorism at home and abroad

+ NEW ADL Report: Hate Beyond Borders – The Internationalization of White Supremacy

2)    Colorado High School Students Investigated by Police After Anti-Semitic Snapchat Post Causes Alarm

“Three students appeared in a Snapchat post Saturday and Sunday. In the photo, the students have apparently donned costume hats inside a store. A text below them reads: ‘Me and the boys bout to exterminate the Jews.’” Sentinel Colorado: FULL STORY

+ WATCH: ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin responds

+ ADL Resource: Why We Need Legislation to Ensure the Holocaust is Taught in Schools

3)    Women’s March Votes Out Board Member Accused of Anti-Semitism

“The Anti-Defamation League had issued a statement on Tuesday expressing their concern with Billoo’s ‘deeply offensive and anti-Semitic statements.’ Examples cited by the ADL included calling Israel an apartheid state and defending Hamas’s firing of rockets into Israel.” Forward: FULL STORY

+ READ: ADL Statement Concerning New Board of Directors at the Women’s March

+ TWEET from Jonathan Greenblatt: “We welcome the decision by the Women’s March to remove Zahra Billoo from its board…”


•    The repeated violence & harassment of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn is despicable…
•    The #antiSemitism crisis in @UKLabour is not ‘hysteria…’
•    #AntiSemitism is on the rise around the world, especially online…


•    Anti-Semitic Slur by N.J. Lawmaker Draws Swift Backlash (The New York Times)
•    Anti-Semitic Vandalism Found on Another L.A. Synagogue (KFI-AM, Los Angeles)
•    Editorial: The message we need to read in graffiti (Greenwich Time, CT)


•    Anti-Semites are Using a Popular Chat App to Compile a List of Jewish People (Mother Jones)
•    Orthodox Jews fear being targets of rising anti-Semitism (CNN – Amanda Susskind interviewed)
•    ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt Talks Tachlis on Anti-Semitism (Jewish Journal)

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