While at first glance the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti Defamation League seem like two of the same slanderous institution of left wing propaganda, this analysis ignores some of the slight, but important differences between them.
Although both headed by Jews (Richard Cohen for the SPLC and Jonathan Greenblat for the ADL), their focus on Jewish issues is what makes the largest difference in between them. The ADL was founded in 1913 as force to fight antisemitism and other forms of bigotry, while the SPLC is the ‘new money’ group that focuses on what it calls bigotry in general and doesn’t delve too much into defending Israel or focusing on antisemitism.
A good way to see this is to see how much the groups differ in how they treat the Jewish Defense League, a radical Jewish group that is responsible for multiple acts of terrorism and violence. The term “JDL” appears only on ten pages of the ADL (and a few of those aren’t in reference to the Jewish Defense League). But the SPLC, despite being much younger, has the term “JDL” on 142 pages of it’s site.
However despicable these groups might be there is infighting between them of the broader left wing coalition in the United States. With more Muslim and other Middle Eastern left wing activists, you are inevitably going to get more criticisms of Israel as many of them come from the ‘Free Palestine’ vein of thought. It’s almost ironic, the more diverse the left gets the more criticism of Israel that the Jewish left receives.
Well, I guess that’s what the ADL gets for pushing for more and more immigration. But is it even surprising that they will criticize Donald Trump for wanting to secure the US’s border, but defend Israel’s right to defend its border, through a ‘security barrier’?