Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

The ADL and the FBI w/ Grant F. Smith

November 21, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, Grant F. Smith of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy returns to discuss his article "ADL files FBI 'Civil Rights Threat' conflating white nationalists with pro-Palestinian charities" as well the broader history of the ADL and its relationship with the FBI. Additionally, Grant gives his thoughts on the FBI probe into the death of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and briefly summarizes his October 2022 article "Virginia Rejects Israel’s Energix CdTe Solar Farm Panels".

Some of the points we touch on include:

- The ADL's infiltration of the Organization of Arab Students in the late 1960s

- THE FBI, the Jewish Defense League, and the assassination of Palestinian activist Alex Odeh in 1985

- The murder of Mary Phagan, the lynching of pencil factory superintendent Leo Frank, and the formation of the Anti-Defamation League by B'nai B'rith

- The ADL and Hollywood; Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and arms dealing

- The ADL's relationship with the FBI in 1940s Hollywood; the FBI and the Red Scare over communist infiltration of Hollywood

- The ADL, Dr. John Lechner, and the internment of West Coast Japanese Americans in WWII

- Arms smuggling, pressure campaigns, and spying scandals

- Israel affinity groups in America; the ADL and state/national law enforcement

- The ADL's attempt to conflate the pro-Palestinian Friends of Sabeel North America and the American Muslim Alliance with the neo-nazi group Vanguard America; the FBI's dismissal of the conflation

- The FBI's COINTELPRO program and J. Edgar Hoover

- Israeli intelligence operative Rafael Eitan

- The targeting of Jewish civil rights activist and University of Minnesota professor Matthew Stark

- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents obtained by IRmep

- The Friends of Sabeel's pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) stance and the anti-BDS movement

- And much, much more!

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