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January 17, 2013

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

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

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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