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There Is No “Them,” Only Us

“Imagine a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism — a world in which the hate violence that took the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shepard and others did not happen. Imagine what these individuals could have continued to contribute to society if bigotry, hate and extremism had not cut their lives tragically short.”

This video from the Anti-Defamation League launched the 2013 “Imagine a World Without Hate” action campaign.

The Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

ADL supports a variety of liberal human rights issues ranging from disability rights, to voting rights (especially for minorities, people with low incomes, the elderly and students) or ending workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, but they are not neutral regarding the state of Israel regarding Palestine and preventing a nuclear Iran.

ADL defends Jewish historical and theological connections to the land of Israel and thus they denounced the United Church of Christ’s 2015 vote urging divestment from companies conducting business with Israel in the West Bank and boycotting of Israeli companies with a West Bank presence as “a counterproductive maneuver to demonize Israel.” They also denounced the U.S. abstention from the December 23, 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution that holds Israel and its settlement policy “in the West Bank and East Jerusalem” responsible for the lack of progress on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.