NEW YORK, June 19, 2001 ( – The U.S. Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has once again demonstrated its transformation into a leftist activist group rather than a defender of the rights of Jews. AP reports that on Monday ADL launched a Web site to monitor “extremist” and “hate” groups, which is to serve as a database for law enforcement officials. While the group claims it is only seeking to identify “anti-abortion groups that advocate violence,” the groups pro-abortion advocacy and attempt to associate the shooting of abortionists with peaceful pro-life groups such as Human Life International contradicts their reassurances.

An ADL press release from October 30, 1998 identified Human Life International among “anti-abortion extremists” and derided any pro-life group comparing the slaughter of the unborn to the Nazi Holocaust.

Far from defending the rights of all Jews, the ADL attacks conservative Jews such as Dr. Laura Schlessinger for their conservative views. In fact, Carl Pearlston, a member of the ADL for 25 years wrote recently in the Jewish World Review that he was booted off the ADL’s Executive Committee and Regional Board for not towing the ADL’s leftist agenda. Pearlston laments that the ADL was “turning Judaism on its head.” He said the for the ADL “fighting ‘hate’ became a euphemism for an attack on sexual morality, the traditional family, and the Jewish view that children deserve a loving father and mother, not two fathers or two mothers.”

The ADL aggressive pro-abortion stand was confirmed when in a June 28, 2000 press release they cheered the Supreme Court decision barring a partial-birth abortion ban in Nebraska and admitted that the ADL had “filed an amicus curiae or ‘friend of the court’ brief which said the Nebraska law unconstitutionally interfered in matters of individual choice.”

See Pearlston’s Jewish World Review article at:

See the AP coverage of the ADL’s new website:,br>

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