Press Release

ADL Opposes State Department Proposal to Declare Certain International NGOs Antisemitic

New York, NY, October 22, 2020 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today responded to reports that the U.S. State Department is considering designating several prominent international nongovernmental organizations as antisemitic.

ADL issued the following statement:

“We oppose broadly applying the antisemitism label to these human rights organizations; doing so is neither accurate nor helpful to the fight against antisemitism. Rather, this move would politicize the fight against antisemitism.

"To be clear, we have had very significant disagreements with these organizations and certain staff members over the years, particularly on their approach to Israel which often has been excessive and unfair.

"Nonetheless, we strongly believe that these organizations are crucial to ensuring robust civil society and democratic protections worldwide. To suggest that these groups are somehow constitutionally anti-Jewish is plain wrong. It would be shortsighted and counterproductive for the State Department to blacklist them in this way.”