ADL Shapes White House National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism
More than 30 ADL recommendations shaped strategy, which addresses broad range of antisemitism from all sides of the political spectrum
New York, NY, May 25, 2023 – ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today welcomed the release of the first-ever comprehensive U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism and announced commitments to support the White House in its execution. ADL also welcomed the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism as part of the plan.
“As the U.S. Jewish community is experiencing antisemitism at levels not seen in generations, we deeply appreciate that the White House has stepped up and delivered this significant, comprehensive strategy,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “It’s particularly notable that this approach recognizes that antisemitism is not about politics – it’s about principles. We are pleased that this strategy comprehensively addresses hate and antisemitism on campus, online, and from extremists on both the far-right and the far-left.”
ADL actively assisted in the development of the White House strategy, contributing more than 30 distinct policy recommendations. ADL also organized grassroots advocates to urge Congress and the Biden Administration to develop a unified national strategy to monitor and combat antisemitism. The foundations for these policies were set in part by ADL’s COMBAT Plan, a proposed set of government initiatives to fight antisemitism, which ADL originally released in June 2022. The COMBAT Plan articulated several of the key policies that were ultimately included in the White House strategy, such as efforts around education, community safety, hate crimes, and online hate.
In remarks at ADL’s National Leadership Summit in May, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, noted that in developing this strategy, “I reviewed closely ADL’s recommendations and found them to be helpful, creative, and smart.”
In conjunction with the White House strategy, ADL is committing to strengthen cross-community engagements to fight antisemitism, including initiatives to convene community dialogues with diverse partners to build mutual understanding, and to combat antisemitism on college and university campuses. ADL will also support Jewish Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in the government and private sector to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace where Jewish employees can be their authentic selves. Finally, ADL will partner with the Interparliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism for an effort to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of AI and other new technologies.
This strategy comes amid real concern about antisemitism among the American Jewish community. In January, ADL released topline survey findings showing the highest percentage of respondents harboring extensive antisemitic prejudice in decades. Antisemitic incidents also surged to historic levels in 2022, with a total of 3,697 incidents reported across the United States, an increase of 36 percent compared to 2021.
Today’s announcement comes after several productive collaborations between ADL and the White House. Last September, the Biden Administration brought together diverse communities to stand together against violent extremism at the historic United We Stand summit, which came about after ADL partnered with several leading anti-hate organizations to call for such an event. And in June 2021, the Biden Administration released the first-ever National Strategy to Counter Domestic Terrorism, incorporating recommendations from ADL’s PROTECT Plan.
ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.