Anti-Defamation League

From Wikispooks
(Redirected from ADL)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Group.png Anti-Defamation League  
(NGO, Nonprofit 501(c)(3)Powerbase Sourcewatch Twitter WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
MottoTo stop the defamation of the Jewish people... to secure justice and fair treatment to all.
FounderB'nai B'rith
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
TypeCivil rights law
Interests“Antisemitism”, “hate speech”, prejudice, “White Supremacy”, censorship, “Islamophobia”
Interest ofPewDiePie
Sponsored byKoch family foundations, Omidyar Network
Exposed byPewDiePie ADL controversy

The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) was founded in 1913 by B'nai B'rith International. It describes itself as "the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry."[1]


While it started out investigating "anti-Semitism", since the 1980s it infiltrated and spied on groups which criticised both Israel and the Apartheid government in South Africa. In 2018, it claimed that over 1 billion people harboured "antisemitic" attitudes.[2]

ADL Spying case

Robert Friedman wrote in 1993:

The ADL was established in New York City in 1913 to defend Jews, and later other minority groups, from discrimination. It led the fight against racist and fascist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party, and in the 1960s championed the civil rights movement.

But there was also a darker side. In the late 1940s, the ADL spied on leftists and Communists, and shared investigative files with the House Committee on Un-American Activities and the FBI. The ADL swung sharply to the right during the Reagan administration, becoming a bastion of neoconservatism. To Irwin Suall, a repentant Trotskyite who heads the ADL's powerful Fact Finding Department, the real danger to Jews is posed not by the right — but by a coalition of leftists, blacks, and Arabs, who in his view threaten the fabric of democracy in America, as well as the state of Israel. In the tradition of his ideological soulmate William Casey, Suall directed the ADL's vast network of informants, who were given code names like "Scumbag," "Ironside," and — for a spy reportedly posing as a priest in Atlanta — "Flipper."[3]

'In 1993', write Jeffrey Blankfort, Anne Poirier and Steve Zeltzer, 'the District of Attorney of San Francisco released 700 pages of documents implicating the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that claims to be a defender of civil rights, in a vast spying operation directed against American citizens who were opposed to Israel's policies in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza and to the apartheid policies of the government of South Africa and passing on information to both governments.'[4]


The ADL's original focus on attack on Jews and minority ethnic group gave way in the 1980s to an approach which involved the ADL spying on left and human rights groups. According to Robert Friedmann in the Village Voice:

In the early 1980s, researchers Russ Bellant and Berlet asked to meet fact finding head Irwin Suall, to discuss their work on anti-Semite Lyndon LaRouche. "Our view then of Irwin Suall was that he was this really terrific investigator," says Berlet. "So we introduce ourselves, say what we are up to and Suall leans back in his chair and basically runs down a dossier on each of us: about what our political activities are, who we work with, what organizations we belong to. Obviously, he was just trying to blow us away and he succeeds admirably. We were just sitting there with our mouths open feeling very uncomfortable."

"And then he leans forward and says, 'The right-wing isn't the problem. The left-wing is the problem. The Soviet Union is the biggest problem in the world for Jews. It's the American left that is the biggest threat to American Jews. You're on the wrong track. You're part of the problem.' We were stunned. I was virtually in tears. This is not how I perceived myself. We basically stumbled out of there in a daze."[5]

ADL on racial pride.jpg

"Hate symbols"

Full article: “Hate symbols”

Since 2000 the ADL has maintained a lists of "hate symbols". The list on the group's website included icons, gestures and numbers (for example, 12, 13, 14 & 28). The ADL was criticised in 2019 after adding the American Sign language symbol for "OK" to its list. The ADL claimed that the gesture was "in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy".[6]

Cancel culture

Full article: Cancel culture

The ADL engages and advocates for cancel culture.

  • PewDiePie ADL controversy in 2019.
  • Nick Fuentes was banned from Twitter in July 2021, after the ADL wrote a hit piece on him.
  • In August 2021, Mike Richards was forced out of his role as the new co-host of the US quiz show Jeopardy! after "controversial" comments that he made on a podcast from 2013 resurfaced. His exit came nine days after his new role was announced. The ADL want an investigation.[7]




Roy Bullock | Laura Kam, worked for ADL for 17 years as Press Officer and ran the Jerusalem office | Tom Gerard, SFPD Officer | Irwin Suall, head of Fact-Finding Dept, 1993 |


in 2016 the ADL labeled Christopher Bollyn an "Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorist".[8]

Resources and Notes



A Anti-Defamation League victim on Wikispooks

Mary MillerRepublican politician from Illinois. Target of the ADL.


Related Quotation

PewDiePie ADL controversy“Reinstalled Twitter to talk about PewDiePie's betrayal by donating 50k to the ADL. The company working with places like Twitter to get rid of anything "Offensive" @pewdiepie

You just supported a group that even ruined even YOUR deal to Disney. Wtf?

PewDiePie literally paid $50,000 to not be called racist anymore. And in turn- he just got so many people in the future censored off of places like Twitter and YouTube.

Anytime someone gets banned for now on, I'll be sure to say

"Thanks Pewdiepie"”
Brittany Venti11 September 2019


Events Sponsored

Koch family foundationsControlled by the billionaire Koch brothers, who finance the 'right' in US politics when they say the right things.
Omidyar Network"A philanthropic investment firm"


Event Participated in

PewDiePie ADL controversySeptember 2019September 2019UK
The ADL's attempt to destroy the world's most recognised YouTuber. There are still a number of theories to what really happened behind the scenes.


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Impressions of my two days with Gilad Atzmonarticle26 February 2014Trevor La BonteTrevor La Bonte describes two days spent with Gilad Atzmon during their two duo-concert appearances in Austin and Houston, Texas, USA in February 2014. Revealing especially for the light it sheds on Jewish efforts to demonise Atzmon and the extent to which ordinary citizens (in this case La Bonte's father) are intimidated into silent complicity.
Document:Jews Boast of Owning Hollywood - But Slam Gentiles Who Say the Same Thingarticle6 July 2014Editorial staffJewish control of Hollywood, Censorship by Google and the taboo on mentioning it by Gentiles
Document:Murdoch's Deeply Hidden Jewish RootsArticle16 July 2011Christopher Bollyn“For some reason, Keith Rupert Murdoch has always tried to hide the fact that his pious mother, Elisabeth Joy Murdoch (née Greene), brought him up as a Jew.”
Document:PayPal Partnering With Anti-Defamation League to Share Info With Law Enforcement, Determine Who Can Use Their ServicesArticle26 July 2021Cassandra FairbanksThe censorship industry colludes with law enforcement and financial services in order to censor more.


  1. ADL Website, accessed 12 march 2009 See Also ADL History.
  3. Robert I. Friedman, The Enemy Within, The Village Voice, 11 May 1993, Vol. XXXVIII No. 19. Village Voice synopsis: How The Anti-Defamation League Turned the Notion of Human Rights on Its Head, Spying on Progressives and Funneling Information to Law Enforcement.
  4. Jeffrey Blankfort, Anne Poirier and Steve Zeltzer, The ADL Spying Case Is Over, But The Struggle Continues, Counterpunch, 25 February 2002.
  5. Robert I. Friedman, The Enemy Within, The Village Voice, 11 May 1993, Vol. XXXVIII No. 19. Village Voice synopsis: How The Anti-Defamation League Turned the Notion of Human Rights on Its Head, Spying on Progressives and Funneling Information to Law Enforcement.