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The League mourned the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the courageous leader who dedicated his life to ending apartheid and building a free, multiracial and democratic South Africa. ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said that Mandela will be "long remembered as one of the greatest figures of his generation and one of the most inspirational and effective freedom-fighting figures in modern history."
ADL commend the police and judiciary in Italy for recognizing that David Duke is a dangerous anti-Semite and racist who poses a serious threat to civil society.
"As an organization that has worked for more than 20 years to improve Black-Jewish relations in the aftermath of the Crown Heights riots, we are troubled by the incoming councilwoman's sentiments, particularly her comment about resentment over Jewish economic success, which evokes classic anti-Semitic stereotypes. Still, it seems from her letter that she means well and we would be open to meeting with her and others in the community to continue the dialogue."
Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director, in an article from DNAinfo.com regarding an open letter on Black-Jewish relations issued by Brooklyn Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo.
"The Book Thief," based on the popular 2005 novel by Markus Zusak, is an important new contribution to the Holocaust film genre, spurring popular awareness of the nature of the Holocaust, the role of rescuers, forms of resistance and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.
The Huffington Post, December 4, 2013
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