Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was established to fight the hate and defamation aimed at Jewish people. To accomplish its goals, the ADL has engaged in surveillance and documentation of hate crimes against Jewish people and their communities worldwide and has worked to inform and aid government initiatives to fight anti-Semitism and hate crime in general. Recently, the ADL has expanded its focus from anti-Semitism to identifying and reporting all crimes of hate and civil injustice. The ADL has been an influential organization affecting legislation, law enforcement, media, and communities. This entry investigates the history of the ADL’s attempts to monitor, report, and ultimately eradicate anti-Semitism. These efforts included surveillance of media, cultural trends, and government activities and providing input that helped shape current hate crime ...

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