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ZOA Criticizes ADL for Falsely Alleging Trump Advisor Bannon is

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Zionist Organization of America
News Release

ZOA Urges Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL To Apologize For Accusation That Trump
Appointee Stephen Bannon and Breitbart Media are Anti-Semitic
Would Pro-Israel Stalwarts/Trump advisors Gingrich, Giuliani, Pence,
Kushner, Friedman, Greenblatt, Adelson Allow an Anti-Semite on Board?

For more information contact Morton A. Klein 212-481-1500

NEW YORK, November 14, 2016

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released the
following statement:

It is painful to see Anti-Defamation League (ADL) president Jonathan
Greenblatt engaging in character assassination against President-elect Trump’s
appointee Stephen Bannon and Mr. Bannon’s company, Breitbart media.
ADL/Greenblatt essentially accused Mr. Bannon and his media company of
“anti-Semitism” and Israel hatred, when Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL tweeted that
Bannon “presided over the premier website of the ‘alt right’ – a loose-knit
group of white nationalists and anti-Semites.”

In fact, as pro-Israel writer (and orthodox Jew) Joel B. Pollak wrote, Mr.
Bannon is “an American patriot who defends Israel & has deep empathy for the
Jewish people.”

ZOA’s own experience and analysis of Breitbart articles confirms Mr. Bannon’s
and Breitbart’s friendship and fair-mindedness towards Israel and the Jewish
people. To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of anti-Semitism is Orwellian.
In fact, Breitbart bravely fights against anti-Semitism. Here are a few of
the many examples:

Stephen Bannon joined ZOA in fighting the anti-Semitic rallies at CUNY by
requiring his Breitbart reporters to call CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo
aides urging them to do something about it.

Breitbart courageously publishes articles reporting that the Palestinian
Authority defames Israel with blatant falsehoods. On November 13, 2016,
Breitbart reported that:

Stephen Bannon joined ZOA in fighting the anti-Semitic rallies at CUNY by
requiring his Breitbart reporters to call CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo
aides urging them to do something about it.

“The Palestinian Authority’s official TV network has been airing a video
several times a day baselessly accusing Israel of poisoning former PA
President Yasser Arafat and further claiming that Israel is targeting
current President Mahmoud Abbas next. Arafat died at the age of 75 on
November 11, 2004, just outside of Paris. A French forensic team examined
his remains and concluded that there were no traces of poison in his body.
Nevertheless, every year around the anniversary of his death, the PA
disseminates the libel that Israel murdered him.” (Emphasis in original.)

On November 14, 2016 Breitbart reported the human cost and pain to a Jewish
student at the New School of finding a swastika scrawled on her dorm room
door.

Breitbart bravely publicizes Iran’s violations of the Iran deal – which pose
an existential threat to Israel. On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported
that “Despite a finding published by the UN’s atomic energy agency this week
that Iran has — for the second time — stockpiled more heavy water than
permitted under the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached with six world
powers last year, the US State Department is declining to acknowledge this
as a violation of the deal.”

Breitbart also sympathetically reports on the scourge of anti-Semitic
anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). On November 2, 2016,
Breitbart reported that: “Reports of anti-Semitic incidents on US college
campuses have increased, much of it attributed to the rise of the
anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a new report has
found.”

ZOA President Morton Klein stated: “The ZOA welcomes the appointment of
Stephen Bannon as chief strategist to the incoming Trump/Pence
administration. We wish Mr. Bannon every success in his new position. We
urge Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL to withdraw and apologize for their
inappropriate character assassination of Mr. Bannon and Breitbart Media.”

Would Trump’s extraordinary pro-Israel advisors such as Newt Gingrich, Rudy
Giuliani, Mike Pence, Sheldon Adelson, and Orthodox Jews Jared Kushner,
David Friedman, and Jason Greenblatt ever allow an anti-Semite/Israel-hater
to work with them? Would Trump’s Orthodox Jewish daughter Ivanka, whose
children go to an Orthodox day school, ever allow an anti-Semite to work
with her father? And, remember Donald Trump’s platform on Israel was the
strongest pro-Israel platform ever. I’m also forced to ask – why didn’t ADL
and other Bannon bashers complain that Hilary’s advisers included some very
anti-Israel people starting with major donor to Hillary, the Israel-hating,
George Soros? Where were ADL’s complaints then?

Full story can be found here:
http://zoa.org/2016/11/10342353-zoa-criticizes-adl-for-falsely-alleging-trump-advisor-bannon-is-anti-semitic/

About the ZOA

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest and one of the
largest pro-Israel organizations in the United States. With offices around
the country and in Israel, the ZOA educates the public, elected officials,
the media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing
Arab war against Israel. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.- Israel relations
through educational activities, public affairs programs and our work on
Capitol Hill, and to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media,
in textbooks, in schools and on college campuses. Under the leadership of
such presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Rabbi Abba Hillel
Silver, and current President Morton A. Klein, the ZOA has been – and
continues to be – on the front lines of Jewish activism. www.zoa.org. For
more information contact Morton A. Klein 212-481-1500.

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