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A.d.l. and Italian Anti-defamation League Develop Dispute over Name

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, founded in 1913, and the American Italian Anti-Defamation League, established a year ago, are at odds over the use of the term “anti-defamation” in the names of their respective organizations, it was revealed here this weekend.

According to Civil Court Judge Ross J. Di Lorenzo, president of the Italian-American group, his organization, like the older ADL, would fight against anti-Semitism. He said his organization has rejected overwhelmingly a proposal by the B’nai B’rith ADL that it change its title to the “American Italian League for Human Rights,” He charged that many writers for the mass media, which use terms to which Italians object, are “of Jewish extraction.”