director Abe Foxman: Internet fans flames of
By Ron Hayes
Palm Beach Post Staff
PALM BEACH - The national
director of the Anti-Defamation League
speculated today that the Internet may be a
major factor in growing anti-Semitism throughout
"I'm becoming convinced more and more every day
that the reason anti-Semitism is out there more
is this highway, this transmitter belt,"
Abraham Foxman told about 350 people
gathered for the ADL's national executive
committee meeting, which runs through Sunday at
The Breakers. "These blogs circulate it and
reinforce it, and so there's more of it."
to get sick?" he said. "Log on to
long-term chief of The Anti Defamation
League (annual pay: $750,000) whose
strategies have led to a global
decrease in anti-Semitism.
While calling himself "a complete illiterate"
when it comes to computers who is only now
learning about them, Foxman said he's seen the
potential for spreading hatred and bigotry
online. "Want to get sick?" he said. "Log on to
'Holocaust.' With the Web you can extend and
enhance and entertain, but it's also provided a
legitimate highway for bigotry."
On the Internet, neo-Nazis and Holocaust
deniers have at least the same potential
audience as Web sites that promote peace, love
and understanding. But Foxman confessed
frustration at finding an effective way to
combat the Internet's potential for inflaming