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An Open Letter to Abraham H. Foxman By: Myles Kantor
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, April 17, 2002


WILL THE ADL SPEAK OUT? Here’s an open letter to Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

Dear Mr. Foxman:

Your organization states on its website, "The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry." Given this claim, there is a conspicuous omission in the Anti-Defamation League’s advocacy.

I am sure you would be perturbed by a country that:

  • Accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing and equates its anti-terrorist actions with a holocaust.
  • Glorifies Yasser Arafat and aids the PLO.
  • Has an extensive history of supporting Israel’s enemies and demonizing the Jewish homeland.

All of these apply to the most anti-Zionist regime in the Western Hemisphere: Communist Cuba. To give a partial enumeration of Cuba’s virulent anti-Zionism:

  • On April 9, 2002 the headline "Sharon announces continuation of Palestinian holocaust" appeared in Cuba’s state-controlled newspaper, Granma. The story condemned the actions of "Zionist soldiers."
  • On April 8, Granma accused Israel of ethnic cleansing in the West Bank.
  • On April 4, Granma’s lead story showed a photograph of an anti-Israel protest with the poster "SHARON=HITLER." The caption below the photograph reads, "The poster says it all. It is a certainty that crosses the world."
  • On March 30, Granma ran "Cuba demands an end to the isolation and hounding of Arafat." The editorial refers to "the genocidal actions of the Israeli army," Israel’s "bloody offensive against the Palestinian territories and the headquarters of the Palestine National Authority," and adds this declaration: "Cuba reiterates its full support for the heroic struggle of the Arab peoples, in particular that of the Palestinians, against Israeli occupation and aggression, and declares its solidarity with their resistance and defiance."
  • "Training and arming Palestinians from the PLO forces [by Cuba] is ongoing," notes University Professor Emeritus and Hannah Arendt Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Rutgers University Irving Louis Horowitz in the Spring 2002 issue of The National Interest.
  • In 1991, Cuba voted against repealing the infamous 1975 United Nations resolution equating Zionism with racism. (Cuba voted for the 1975 resolution.)
  • In 1988, Cuba published The Other Face: The Truth about the Secret Relationships between Nazism and Zionism by Mahmud Abbas (now secretary general of the PLO’s executive committee). Abbas disputes the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis and argues that Zionists murdered more than the Nazis. The book’s cover connects the swastika with the Star of David.
  • In 1974, Yasser Arafat visited Cuba and was awarded the National Order of the Bay of Pigs.
  • In 1973, Fidel Castro deployed thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks to aid Syrian aggression against Israel during the Yom Kippur War.

Obviously the ADL does not support Yasser Arafat or anti-Zionism. After all, the ADL’s website currently features an op-ed titled "The ‘Charlatan of Ramallah’ Deserves Early Retirement" and a report on "Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Media, 2001-2002."

Why, then, has the ADL not published a report or so much as a press release on Cuba’s repellent depictions of Israel? Jews in Cuba cannot speak out without imperiling their livelihoods, families, and bodies. The ADL, however, is not under Castro’s yoke.


Myles Kantor is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and editor-at-large for Pureplay Press, which publishes books about Cuban history and culture. His e-mail address is myles.kantor@gmail.com.


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