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January 17, 2013 1

Access ADL Blog: Our First Year

The Anti-Defamation League’s Access ADL blog was launched last Jan­u­ary to pro­vide inside access to the agency’s work and exper­tise on a vari­ety of top­ics, and to serve as a resource.

In our first year, we pub­lished nearly 250 blog posts, pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion and analy­sis on a range of issues, includ­ing online extrem­ism, anti-Semitism, extrem­ism and ter­ror­ism, the anti-immigration move­ment, anti-Israel activ­ity and much more.

In that time, Access ADL has become a trusted resource for news and infor­ma­tion. We thank the more than 100,000 unique vis­i­tors for their sup­port and inter­est in our work.

Below is the list of most viewed blog posts in Access ADL’s first year:

August 6, 2012 - ADL Con­nects Sus­pected Shooter at Wis­con­sin Sikh Tem­ple to White Suprema­cist Skin­head Group

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing at a Wis­con­sin Sikh tem­ple, Access ADL pub­lished sev­eral exclu­sive images of the shooter, Wade Michael Page, and con­nected him to the white power music scene as well as to the to the Ham­mer­skins, a vio­lent racist skin­head group.

Wade Michael Page

Sep­tem­ber 14, 2012 - Anti-Muslim Chris­t­ian Activists Respon­si­ble For Inflam­ma­tory “Inno­cence of Mus­lims” Film

In response to the release of the anti-Islam film, Inno­cence of Mus­lims, which sparked con­sid­er­able out­rage and vio­lence across the Mid­dle East and Islamic world, Access ADL iden­ti­fied the key indi­vid­u­als involved in the film and their con­nec­tions to a net­work of anti-Muslim organizations.

Decem­ber 18, 2012 - Con­spir­acy The­o­rists Blame Jews For Sandy Hook Massacre

In the after­math of the Sandy Hook school shoot­ing in Con­necti­cut, Access ADL uncov­ered sev­eral con­spir­acy the­o­ries blam­ing Jews and Israel for the shoot­ing, and exposed the neo-Nazi ties of Mike Har­ris, who blamed Israel for the Sandy Hook shoot­ing dur­ing an inter­view on Iran’s Press TV.

Novem­ber 16, 2012 - Demon­stra­tors at Anti-Israel Ral­lies: “Gaza is the Real Holo­caust,” “Long live the Intifada!”

In response to Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense, Access ADL pub­lished daily updates on the anti-Israel ral­lies orga­nized in the U.S., expos­ing the extreme nar­ra­tives that marked the ral­lies, includ­ing the sup­port for ter­ror anti-Semitism.

May 21, 2012 - New Ara­bic Trans­la­tion of Tal­mud Pro­motes Anti-Semitic Narratives

Access ADL revealed the pres­ence of age-old anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies in a newly released Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud – the first of its kind.

July 27, 2102 - Hezbol­lah on Your iPhone: There’s An App for ThatHezbollah's iTunes App

Access ADL broke the news about how Apple’s iTunes ser­vice was pro­vid­ing access to con­tent from Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar, which sub­se­quently described ADL as being part of Israel’s war against Hezbollah.

August 17, 2012 - Pos­si­ble Extrem­ist Con­nec­tion to Louisiana Police Shootings

Access ADL pro­vided evi­dence sug­gest­ing that some of the peo­ple involved in the shoot­ing deaths of two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies in LaPlace were anti-government extremists.

Sep­tem­ber 5, 2012 - For­mer Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion Leader Pro­motes White Stu­dent Union at Towson

When a white suprema­cist tried to form a “White Stu­dent Union” at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land, Access ADL revealed the effort and exposed his affil­i­a­tions with far-right groups.

July 3, 2012 - Far­rakhan Leads Audi­ence in Anti-Semitic Tirade

Access ADL released a video of Nation of Islam leader Louis Far­rakhan lead­ing his audi­ence in Chicago in an anti-Semitic call and response.

March 26, 2012 - New Black Pan­ther Party Enflames Trayvon Mar­tin Incident

After an African-American teenager was shot and killed in Florida, Access ADL exposed efforts by the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) to insert­ them­selves in one of the most high pro­file, racially charged issues of the year. The post also pro­vided back­ground on the NBPP, the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist black mil­i­tant group in America.

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January 11, 2013 0

The Trouble With Make Me a “Stereotype”

Appli­ca­tions for smart­phones and tablets have become an emerg­ing seg­ment of the online and enter­tain­ment indus­try.  As with videos, blogs and social net­work­ing plat­forms which came before, Apps are now being cre­ated that some con­sider funny, but which  actu­ally cross the line from humor­ous to offen­sive.  Recent exam­ples include two free apps on Google called “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian,” that allow users to edit pho­tos in ways which play on racist stereo­types. Users of the app can darken skin color, change eye shape to an “Asian” slant or add eth­nic acces­sories like an Amer­i­can Indian head­dress.

Young chil­dren often make fun of Asian Amer­i­can class­mates by pulling their eyes to make a slant or play “Indian,” com­plete with head­dress or a “war-cry.” As adults, this is the very kind of think­ing we try to chal­lenge in our chil­dren.  We want them to under­stand and respect dif­fer­ent cul­tures, not belit­tle or ridicule them or make assump­tions about all mem­bers of a group based on com­mon stereo­types.  We teach them that every­one has dif­fer­ent phys­i­cal fea­tures, qual­i­ties and char­ac­ter­is­tics that have noth­ing to do with the groups to which they belong.

Stereo­types make over­sim­pli­fied gen­er­al­iza­tions about peo­ple or groups with­out regard for indi­vid­ual dif­fer­ences. The prob­lem is that these gen­er­al­iza­tions soon become beliefs about groups which form  the build­ing blocks for prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion, fea­tures of life that have seri­ous impli­ca­tions for us all.  Apps like “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” and a score of oth­ers built on this con­cept play on per­ni­cious stereo­types that mar­gin­al­ize indi­vid­u­als and groups. Though the global com­mu­nity is racially and eth­ni­cally diverse, these kinds of apps pro­mote the kind of think­ing that being white is the norm and every­thing else is defined as “other.”

As a soci­ety, we spend much of our time inter­act­ing through our mobile devices, but when we choose so-called enter­tain­ment that rein­forces these kinds of stereo­types, we have to con­sider whether we might be con­tribut­ing to the per­pet­u­a­tion of the inci­vil­ity that lim­its everyone’s opportunities.

The Anti-Defamation League strives to remain vig­i­lant of emerg­ing issues in our dig­i­tal world and com­mu­ni­cates reg­u­larly with many of the major com­pa­nies on issues that are raised by the community.

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January 10, 2013 1

App On Google Play Delivers Hitler’s Vile Messages To Arabic Speaking Audience

Update: The app is no longer avail­able as of Jan­u­ary 22.

A free appli­ca­tion pro­vid­ing users with vile quotes attrib­uted to Hitler has been installed by over 10,000 users in the last 30 days through Google Play, the app store for Android products.

The Arabic-language app, “Hitler’s Say­ings,” allows users to read and share what it describes as Hitler’s “beau­ti­ful say­ings that we could ben­e­fit from in our lives” via social media networks.

A descrip­tion of the app says, “Hitler com­bines the charisma of the skill­ful physi­cian and the grand juggler…Read in this appli­ca­tion all of Hitler’s say­ings and share them with your friends.”

Among the quotes made avail­able to users are:

  • “Jews are like the mos­qui­tos that suck our blood.”
  • “I dis­cov­ered that the Jews are behind every immoral­ity or crime against society.”
  • “I could have killed all the Jews in the world, but I spared some of them so you know why I killed the rest.”
  • “Oh Ger­mans defend your­selves and never buy any­thing from the Jews.”

Other quotes attrib­uted to Hitler include, “The needs of soci­ety super­sede the needs of the indi­vid­ual” and “I will not have mercy over the weak until they become strong, and when they become strong they will not deserve mercy.”

Hitler con­tin­ues to be a point of fas­ci­na­tion and exploita­tion by those who seek to pro­mote his mes­sages as inspi­ra­tion to audi­ences around the world.

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