ADL Plans Effort to Counter Anti-semitism from Far Left and Far Right

The Anti-Defamation League or B’nai B’rith plans to increase the production of educational material on the Middle East conflict in order to counteract a campaign of “politically-powered anti-Semitism” emanating from the far right and the far left in this country. Benjamin R. Epstein, the ADL’s national director, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today the organization will give top priority to the effort. He said it will include the production of new audio-visual as well as printed material, television programs and fact-finding reports all of which will be given the widest possible distribution.

Epstein said there has been a proliferation of anti-Semitism in this country under the guise of anti-Zionism, which is being spread by bigots of the far right and by far-leftists in tune with the Soviet-Arab campaign against Israel. He said such material has been “accepted by too many Americans who have no access to the facts.” The ADL, according to Epstein, will also combat the extremists “by exposing their real purpose, their affiliations and the true nature of their backing.” He said, “such exposure worked in the 1930s and ’40s and we believe it will work again.”

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