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ADL's Greenblatt: Anti-Semitism Moving Into Mainstream

(NBC News' "Meet the Press")

By    |   Sunday, 28 October 2018 03:32 PM

Anti-Semitism has moved into the "mainstream" in "shocking ways" — with poisonous rhetoric coming from both the left and right, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League said Sunday.

In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press," Greenblatt blamed social media for being complicit in "amplifying and accelerating" the movement.

"We are seeing an environment in which anti-Semitism has moved from the margins into the mainstream as political candidates and people in public life now . . . repeat the rhetoric of white supremacists," he said.

"And they think it's normal and permissible to talk about Jewish conspiracies, manipulating events or Jewish financiers somehow controlling activities. And that is awful."

The comments came a day after the slaughter of 11 Jewish worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue — a mass slaying the ADL said is "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community" in U.S. history.

"Not only is the political environment contributing to this, social media is amplifying and accelerating it in shocking ways," Greenblatt said. "And so Silicon Valley is a part of the problem and needs to be a part of the solution."

According to Greenblatt, the toxic anti-Semitism "is almost becoming normalized. And that should shock and move all of us to act."

He zeroed in particularly on the attacks on Democratic donor George Soros, calling them "appalling.

"And the continued invocation of classic anti-Semitic themes," he continued. "I mean, to see the way this man is mischaracterized online is just repulsive. Now, I don't agree with every donation he makes. But I also don't agree with every donation Sheldon Adelson makes.

"But you see it from the left and sometimes from the right. And it is all incredibly troublesome."

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With poisonous rhetoric coming from both the left and right, anti-Semitism has moved into the "mainstream" in "shocking ways," according to Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League on Sunday.
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