Despite efforts by Ku Klux Klan groups to gain publicity by exploiting the presidential election and distributing hate literature, the Klan today is a collection of mostly small, disjointed groups with no predominant leadership or stability, according to a new ADL report, which identifies current trends among Klan groups and provides examples of recent Klan activity.
ADL’s National Leadership Summit, which was a gathering of hundreds of the League’s leaders and activists from across the country in Washington, D.C., delved into many significant issues, including the state of European anti-Semitism, responding to cyberhate and the response of social media platforms, challenges to Israel’s security, LGBT issues and religious freedom in America. Summit participants heard from a wide range of prominent speakers including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Israeli Knesset Member Yair Lapid and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, representatives from Facebook and Twitter, The Justice Department, and experts on combatting BDS.
"The bill confuses the purpose of the Hate Crimes Act and weakens its impact by adding more categories of people, who are already better protected under other laws. Hate Crimes are designed to protect people's most precious identity categories ... like race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, and gender identity. Proving the bias intent is very different for these categories than it is for the bias intent of a crime against a law enforcement officer."
Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL New Orleans Regional Director, from an article on CNN.com regarding the “Blue Lives Matter” bill set for Louisiana governor’s signature.
Mr. Greenblatt discusses the scandal over anti-Semitism in the UK’s Labour party and why we need to stop the encroaching of anti-Zionism toward a legitimate mainstream position on the global left.
The Times of Israel, May 14, 2016
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