U.S. Jewish Groups Clash Over Response to Glenn Beck's Holocaust Rhetoric

The ADL, which has ties to Fox News executives, slam add printed in Wall Street Journal by JFSJ attacking Beck for his on-air remarks.

A newspaper advertisement bearing the signatures of 400 rabbis who criticized Fox News host Glenn Beck for his televised statements about the Holocaust has itself been criticized by America’s best-known Jewish communal relations group.

Though the advertisement cited statements by the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, it was sponsored by Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), a left-wing group with little history of making public statements on issues like Holocaust discourse. The ad filled a full page of The Wall Street Journal on January 27, and two full pages of the Forward’s February 4 issue.

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ADL Executive Director Abe FoxmanAP / Corrado Giambalvo

The spat between the ADL and JFSJ over the propriety of the letter reveals an emerging rift between a group that has long served as a voice for the Jewish community and one that is positioning itself as a left-wing alternative. The ADL has chosen to navigate a nuanced path around the right-wing lightning rod of Fox News — reflexively loathed by many nonconservatives — and this has created an opportunity for JFSJ, which has made Fox the target of an ongoing campaign.

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