Part IV of the Israel Lobby: The Unexamined Underside of the ADL

In Part IV of a series on the Israel Lobby, Margot Patterson talks to journalist and author James Bamford about his recent article in The Nation magazine, “The Anti-Defamation League: Israel’s Attack Dog in the U.S.” Since the onset of the war in Gaza in October,  the ADL has reported a dramatic rise in anti-Semitism, citing numbers that members of its own staff dispute and which conflate anti-war protests with anti-Semitism. Bamford writes that for much of its history the ADL has operated as a hostile intelligence agency, surveilling a wide array of U.S. groups and passing information about them on to Israel, the U.S. government and apartheid South Africa. A leading authority on U.S. intelligence services and a former investigative producer for ABC World News Tonight, Bamford personally reported on the ADL’s spying operation  when in 1992 it came to light that over a period of 30 years, from the 1960s to the 1990s, the ADL had spied on hundreds of U.S. groups and thousands of U.S. citzens.

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