Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO and National Director Jonahan Greenblatt gave an interview to Ynet, in which he discussed several issues of interest to the organization. Greenblatt, who recently took over the role held by Abraham Foxman for nearly three decades, spoke about the anti-Israel boycott movement, anti-semitism, and his concerns over bigotry inside Israeli society.
When asked about the anti-Israeli boycott movement, he stated that “I think the conversation about BDS is very important. I, for one, don’t want to give the movement any more oxygen than it needs. I prefer to call it what it is: It’s a movement of boycott and de-legitimization. It’s a boycott that’s anti-peace.” Greenblatt participated in Yedioth Ahronoth and Ynet’s recent anti-BDS conference.
Regarding the controversy over recent comments by Israeli officials, de-legitimizing the standing of reform Jews, Greenblatt said, “I would say, as we’ve tried to explain, that hate speech that alienates and targets minorities (is a very bad thing wherever it is). And in particular in Israel, some of the comments that have been made by the religious leadership about reform and conservative Jews are very troubling to the ADL.”