ADL Director Pledges to Sign Up For Muslim Registry

ADL Summit

In his opening remarks at the Never is Now! Anti-Semitism Summit in New York, Anti-Defamation League National Director Jonathan Greenblatt pledged today that he would register as a Muslim should the Trump Administration move forward with its plans to put all foreign-born Muslims on a watchlist.

“As Jews, we know the righteous and just response. All of us have heard the story of the Danish king who said if his country’s Jews had to wear a gold star…all of Denmark would too.

So I pledge to you right here and now, because I care about the fight against anti-Semitism, that if one day in these United States, if one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim. Because fighting prejudice against the marginalized is not just the fight of those minorities.

It’s our fight. Just as the fight against anti-Semitism is not only the fight of us Jews. It’s everyone’s fight.”

This comes as a spokesman for the pro-Trump “Great America” PAC cited Japanese internment camps a precedent for the registry in an appearance with Megyn Kelly on Fox News yesterday:

Greenblatt’s full remarks can be found here.

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  1. It’s very early to say this, but Mr. Greenblatt’s action could be the beginning of a large change in the alignments of the Jewish-American community. It comes down to that essential conflict between the Jewish memory of Hitler’s rise, and the Jewish support for the Likud/GOP myth of the angry White man taking back what’s “his” as the solution. In other words, the choice between being a Jewish American wanting his rights protected, and a Zionist wanting the other minorities silenced for the sake of Israel.

    People will have to choose. The gray area is being blown away like fog before a storm. The opinion polls have shown growing numbers of Jewish-Americans, and more so the younger, are turning against specific parts of the Zionist narrative. But that’s encountered the headwind of actually accepting Moslems in American streets.

    The thing is, if Jewish-Americans are the ones most loudly saying, “First they came for the Moslems, and we did nothing,” it’s a powerful rebuke to Republicans and Christian Zionists who have used Jews as a human shield against charges of racism and fascism. The narrative of the rise of Hitler was used so heavily by the Right to justify vilifying any criticism of Israel that it can’t very well flip off the switch when actual Jews refuse to look away. They employed Jews as the designated Nazi-detectors selectively against leftists and people of color. Now, all the alarms need to go off at once.

    • Jonathan Greenblatt has also recently denounced Steve Bannon’s appointment to the Trump administration’s inner circle.

      These seems part of an ADL initiative to distance itself from the Trump administration at a time when the Democratic National Committee may appoint an Israel critic, Keith Ellison, to the DNC chair post.

      Pro-Israel U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is now backing appointment of Ellison to the DNC chairmanship.

      Substantial numbers of Jewish-American leaders are softening their position on Muslims and the Palestinian question in order to ensure solidarity with the Democratic Party. Others are embracing the GOP with its Christian Zionists and those espousing an anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim rhetoric.

  2. Greenblatt still conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism. It would be far better if he offered to LIVE as a Muslim in the West Bank, not just register as one. Then he might actually learn what real, literal antisemitism is.

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