NEW YORK (Jul. 1)
The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has reported “three major new manifestations of anti-Jewish attitudes in the United States.” According to the ADL, they exist “on the radical right, from sources which have been suspect over the years but until recently have kept their anti-Jewish attitudes obscured from public view”; “among minority extremist elements within the black community which have reacted to white racism with a racism all their own”; and “among extreme left groups which eschew the racist form of anti-Semitism but, taking their cue from the Soviet and Chinese worlds, nevertheless heap virulent abuse on Israel and all those who look with favor on the Jewish State.” The John Birch Society was mentioned by the ADL as an example of rightist organizational anti-Semites. The “black minority extremist elements” listed included the Black Panthers, the Black Muslims and the African-American Student Association. “Extreme left” anti-Semites, according to the ADL, include the Weathermen faction of Students for a Democratic Soviety, Revolutionary Youth Movement II, the Young Workers Liberation League (Communist Party), the Young Socialist Alliance (Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party) and the Maoist Progressive Labor Party.
The ADL said that “although the Birch Society’s official ideology is directed against the ‘international Communist conspiracy,’ it has always manifested certain anti-Semitic symptoms, such as harboring known anti-Semites in its leadership and ranks and selling anti-Semitic literature through some of its bookstores.” The ADL further noted that “Now there are other signs–e.g., the theory that Jewish bankers and Jewish financiers are the secret manipulators behind wars and the source of all of this country’s economic and monetary ills, as spelled out in the Birch Society’s official publication (American Opinion) and by an official nationwide lecturer of the organization (Stuart Crane),” The ADL described the Panthers, the Muslims and the African-American Student Association as among those “black extremist groups which have become purveyors of pro-Arab, anti-Israel propaganda of the most blatant variety and often with a zeal that can only be compared with the worst gutter-level anti-Semitism.” But the ADL emphasized that these groups are “in no way representative of the majority of Negroes in the United States.” The B’nai B’rith division reported that “On the extreme left…there is a concerted, energetic campaign of intense hostility toward Israel, and active support of El Fatah and other guerrilla groups being pressed–especially on university campuses…The Young Socialist Alliance is the most active anti-Israel organization on the campus today.”