Chicago News just published a stunner by Joel J. Sprayregen, former National Vice-Chair and Chicago Regional Chair of the Anti-Defamation League. His lengthy examination of everything Abe Foxman has ever done wrong draws from the political right, left and center in a piece that can only be considered a form of open warfare. It’s clear Sprayregen is particularly embarrassed by the ease with which Foxman throws around the term anti-Semite. Worth reading in its entirety, here are some choice quotes:
Earlier this year, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article which stated: “The increasingly ridiculous Abe Foxman, head of the ADL, was swiftly located in order to ply his trademark tactic of accusing people of anti-Semitism that he knows perfectly well aren’t anti-Semites.” There was a time when no mainline newspaper would have allowed Foxman to be so described.
Spraygen’s closing paragraphs:
How much harm is done ADL when it is known as an agency which vouches for Marc Rich while tolerating Foxman’s vilifications of persons demonstrably not bigots, e.g., 113 professors or the president of the Zionist Organization or Black leaders or Dennis Prager? It is a sad irony that the Director of the Anti-Defamation League may be remembered as a serial defamer of people whose only offense was to disagree with him. It is sadder still that Foxman is so often ridiculed;Traub observed Foxman beginning “to advance up his scale of spleen.”
Foxman’s stridency increases as his credibility is questioned. One cannot lightly suggest it is time for him to retire. He told the Forward in 2003 “When I’m ready to make a decision that I’m ready to retire….I will notify my lay leadership.” The fact that Foxman is the one-man Sanhedrin for life, and that he alone will decide when it is time to leave, demeans his legacy and subverts ADL’s mission.